Vanessa Morgan addressed the issue of racism on the set of “Riverdale” last week. The actress admitted to having been used only as a sidekick to lead characters and having been paid the least of all series regulars.
In the series of tweets, Vanessa announced that she would not be quiet anymore and would stand up for black people.
“Tired of how black people are portrayed in media. Tired of us being portrayed as thugs, dangerous or angry scary people. Tired of us also being used as side kick non dimensional characters to our white leads. Or only used in the ads for diversity but not actually in the show. It starts with the media,” writes Vanessa.
As a response to Vanessa’s claims, Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, “Riverdale” creator, issued an official apology to her and promised to do better in the future.
“We hear Vanessa. We love Vanessa. She’s right. We’re sorry and we make the same promise that we did to her. We will do better to honor her and the character she plays. As well as all of our actors and characters of color,” admits Mr Aguirre-Sacasa. “CHANGE is happening and will continue to happen. Riverdale will get bigger, not smaller. Riverdale will be part of the movement, not outside it.”
Vanessa Morgan portrays Toni Topaz and is currently a series regular. The show has been renewed for a fifth season which is expected to premiere in January 2021.