'Riverdale' creator apologizes to Vanessa Morgan after diversity criticism

Vanessa Morgan reveals the racial undertones in ‘Riverdale

Vanessa Morgan reveals the racial undertones in ‘Riverdale

Vanessa Morgan has recently put her foot down against hidden bouts of racism in the popular show Riverdale, and how it portrays black characters as "less than" compared to their counterparts.

Of the 15 series regulars, Morgan was is the only Black person after Ashleigh Murray was moved to a spin off series.

A Twitter user pointed out that since her character is part of the LGBTQ community, the show is getting "double the diversity" out of her.

After #hearvanessamorgan began trending on Twitter, Riverdale Executive Producer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa made sure Vanessa Morgan was actually heard.

"Tired of how black people are portrayed in the media, exhausted of us being portrayed as thugs, unsafe or angry scary people", she wrote on Twitter.

Morgan, 28, joined Riverdale as Toni Topaz in season 2 in 2017 and was promoted to series regular in season 3.

Vanessa wrote that she's sick and exhausted of how black people are treated. Reinhart tweeted, "We love you, V. And support you 10000%". We love Vanessa. She's right.

He added, "All of the Riverdale writers made a donation to @BLMLA, but we know where the work must happen for us". "As well as all of our actors and characters of color". "My role on Riverdale has nothing to do with my fellow castmates/friends".

There are lots of problems with how Riverdale has treated Toni Topaz (played by Vanessa Morgan) throughout the years, mainly because Toni's storyline has nearly always reliant on another character. "We're sorry and we make the same promise to you that we did to her".

The show creator went on, 'CHANGE is happening and will continue to happen'. Riverdale will get bigger, not smaller.

As someone who regularly watches the show, the last I can really remember of Toni having her own moment was when they were doing Heathers the Musical, and Toni sang "Dead Girl Walking", and it was still tied to Cheryl and something she did. "So no need to attack them, they don't call the shots & I know they have my back". "Riverdale will be part of the movement, not outside it". "In the writers' room".

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