‘The Flash’ Star Grant Gustin Was ‘Shocked, Saddened and Angry’ About Former Co-Star’s Tweets

by Jeremy Spirogis
Grant Gustin

The Flash Season 6 ended on a jaw-dropping cliffhanger, giving followers a lot to mull over till the present returns. But not lengthy after the season ended, one other bombshell dropped, however this time the drama was behind the scenes.

Grant Gustin
Grant Gustin | Phillip Chin/WireImage

Hartley
Sawyer was axed after his offensive tweets got here to mild

Hartley Sawyer, who performed Ralph Dibney on The Flash from season four till season 6, was all of a sudden fired after some offensive tweets by the actor surfaced, as detailed by Newsweek.

In the tweets from a number of years in the past, he made racially charged feedback in addition to jokes about sexual assault. His Twitter account has since been deleted, however not earlier than injury to his profession, repute, and relationships had been achieved. Here’s how The Flash star, Grant Gustin, responded to the information.

Grant
Gustin confessed his true emotions about Sawyer’s tweets

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The
Flash
present
boss Eric Wallace tweeted an announcement in response to Sawyer’s social media
feedback, which in the end sealed his destiny with the present. The present boss
wrote this, partly:

This morning, lots of you be taught that Hartley Sawyer is not going to be returning for Season 7 of The Flash. Concerning his social media tweets, they broke my coronary heart and made me mad as hell. And they’re indicative of the bigger drawback in our nation. Because at current, our nation nonetheless accepts and protects the continuous harassment — unconscious or in any other case — terrorizing, and brutalizing of Black and Brown folks, which is way too typically deadly. That’s why our nation is standing up as soon as once more and shouting, “ENOUGH!” and taking to the streets to result in energetic change.

Eric Wallace through Twitter

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Wallace’s prolonged assertion doesn’t merely tackle the matter of Sawyer’s dismissal. The tweet emphasizes the general state of unrest within the United States as protesters search justice for the unarmed Black residents killed whereas in police custody.

In the assertion, he promoted the Black Lives Matter motion and equality for all. Sawyer’s former co-star, Gustin, who performs the Scarlet Speedster, himself shared Wallace’s phrases on Instagram and added the next caption indicating his shock, disappointment, and anger:

A STATEMENT FROM OUR LEADER AND SHOWRUNNER, ERIC WALLACE. — **

I don’t have a lot so as to add as a result of Eric’s ideas are acknowledged so eloquently and powerfully.

I’ll say I used to be shocked, saddened, and offended once I noticed the tweets. Words matter.”

Grant Gustin through Instagram

Hartley
Sawyer issued a public apology

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On
The Flash, Sawyer’s character, Ralph Dibney, started as a egocentric,
unlikeable character with a shaky ethical compass. After teaming up with Barry and
Team Flash, he reworked right into a dependable ally and suited up because the Central
City metahuman hero referred to as Elongated Man.

Likewise,
Sawyer claims to have modified since writing the inflammatory tweets years in the past.
In a public apology on Instagram, he wrote, “I’m extremely sorry, ashamed, and dissatisfied in myself
for my ignorance again then. I need to be very clear: this isn’t reflective of
what I believe or who I’m now.”
Sawyer’s whole apology might be considered beneath.

View this post on Instagram

My phrases, irrelevant of being meant with an intent of humor, have been hurtful, and unacceptable. I’m ashamed I used to be able to these actually horrible makes an attempt to get consideration at the moment. I remorse them deeply. This was not acceptable habits. These have been phrases I threw out on the time with no thought or recognition of the hurt my phrases might do, and now have achieved today. I’m extremely sorry, ashamed and dissatisfied in myself for my ignorance again then. I need to be very clear: this isn’t reflective of what I believe or who I’m now. Years in the past, due to buddies and experiences who helped me to open my eyes, I started my journey into turning into a extra accountable grownup – by way of what I say, what I do, and past. I’ve largely saved that journey personal, and that is one other approach that I’ve let so many down. I nonetheless have extra work to do. But how I outline myself now doesn’t take away the impression of my phrases, or my accountability for them. I’m very sorry.

A post shared by Hartley Sawyer (@hartleysawyer) on May 30, 2020 at 11:59am PDT

The Flash Seasons 1 by 6 are at present accessible on Netflix. The present is scheduled to return for its seventh season in the course of the 2020-2021 broadcast season.

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