Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, the creator and govt producer of The CW’s teen drama ‘Riverdale’ issued an apology to star Vanessa Morgan on Friday, June 5. The apology got here within the aftermath of Morgan’s social media submit voicing her frustration “of how black individuals are portrayed within the media” and calling out the favored The CW present for its lack of range.
In an announcement posted on the social media platform, Morgan, who performs Toni Topaz on the favored sequence, wrote, “Uninterested in how black individuals are portrayed within the media, bored with us being portrayed as thugs, harmful or offended scary individuals. Uninterested in us additionally getting used as sidekick non-dimensional characters to our white leads. Or solely used within the advertisements for range but not really within the present. It begins with the media. I am not being quiet anymore.”
Aguirre-Sacasa took to Twitter to reply as properly. He wrote, “We hear Vanessa. We love Vanessa. She’s proper. We’re sorry and we make the identical promise to you that we did to her. We’ll do higher to honor her and the character she performs. In addition to all of our actors and characters of colour. Change is occurring and can proceed to occur. ‘Riverdale’ will get greater, not smaller. ‘Riverdale’ will likely be a part of the motion, not outdoors it.”
He added, “All the Riverdale writers made a donation to @BLMLA, but we all know the place the work should occur for us. Within the writers’ room.”
Whereas many appreciated the ‘Riverdale’ creator accepting and addressing the grievances raised by Morgan, others had been skeptical. A Twitter consumer wrote, “You made these guarantees about Toni earlier than, and never adopted by way of on them, but I hope all of this has opened your eyes which you could’t get away with that anymore, and this time actually will likely be totally different. We, and the media now, will likely be ready.”
A number of fans expressed comparable considerations over the long-promised but undelivered backstory of Toni. Different fans introduced up ‘Katy Keene’. The musical comedy-drama created by Aguirre-Sacasa as a ‘Riverdale’ spinoff. The titular character is performed by Lucy Hale, who reprised her character from ‘Riverdale’. A fan mentioned, “So now that y’all bought Vanessa, let’s discuss the way you primarily gave Lucy Hale the spinoff Ashleigh (Murray) was supposed to have with Josie and the Pussycats as a result of you haven’t addressed that.”
Others nonetheless identified that this did little greater than injury management after getting known as out. A fan wrote, “LMAO your fans and your individual individuals shouldn’t have to make a hashtag and scream to have their voices heard. You need to’ve been listening to her from the beginning. That is injury management, and I nonetheless don’t f*** with you.”