‘Riverdale’ EP Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa admitted Vanessa Morgan is ‘right.’ The CW actress had confessed to feeling ‘tired’ of black people playing ‘sidekick non dimensional characters’ to ‘white leads.’
After #hearvanessamorgan began trending on Twitter, Riverdale Executive Producer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa made sure Vanessa Morgan was actually heard. The 28-year-old actress, who plays Toni Topaz on The CW show, previously admitted she was “tired” of black actors “being used as sidekick non dimensional characters to our white leads” on May 31. Five days later, the Riverdale EP came forward with his response to Vanessa’s criticism of entertainment’s portrayal of black people.
“We hear Vanessa. We love Vanessa. She’s right,” Roberto, the drama’s executive producer, began a message that he shared to Twitter on June 4. “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,” he continued. “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 executive producer further revealed that all the show’s writers have opened their purses. “All of the Riverdale writers made a donation to [Black Lives Matter Los Angeles], but we know where the work must happen for us. In the writers’ room,” he wrote, concluding the apology. Vanessa appeared to accept the apology, because she retweeted his pledge.
Initially, Vanessa didn’t name drop her show when she came forward with her frustrations of problematic and inaccurate representation of black people on television. “Tired of how black people are portrayed in Media, tired of us being portray