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Vanessa Morgan Changed The Way Riverdale Will Write Black Characters After Calling Out Mistreatment

The series’ showrunner promises to do better.

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Last week, Riverdale star Vanessa Morgan proved that using your voice to call out systemic racism in the workplace can make a difference. Vanessa took to Twitter to voice her concerns with the way that the show treats its’ Black characters and was heard by fans, colleagues, and the series’ showrunner. “Tired of how black people are portrayed in Media, tired of us being portrayed as thugs, dangerous, or angry scary people,” she wrote. “Tired of us also being used as sidekick 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. I’m not being quiet anymore.”

Vanessa also responded to a few tweets and was ultimately met with an outpouring of support from the Riverdale fandom:


Fans trended #HearVanessaMorgan on Twitter and used the hashtag to voice their support for her.

Showrunner Roberto Aguirre Sacasa responded to her comments using the trending topic and says that both he and the show will do better.

He promises that Riverdale will be a part of the movement and shared that the show’s writers have made a donation to Black Lives Matter. Way to go, Vanessa!

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