Vanessa Morgan spoke about inequality on the set of Riverdale and in Hollywood this week.
She wrote on Twitter, “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 sidekick nondimensional 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.” Her words hit a note with Riverdale’s creator and writer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa.
He responded on his socials saying, “We hear Vanessa. We love Vanessa. She’s right. We’re sorry and we make the same promise to you 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. Change is happening and will continue to happen. Riverdale will get bigger, not smaller. Riverdale will be part of the movement, not outside it.”
The writers of the show have also contributed to the Black Lives Matter movement. Do you think there will be more diversity in current shows as the months and years go on?