The Flash’s Hartley Sawyer Fired For Offensive Tweets

CW’s The Flash actor Hartley Sawyer exposed for racist and sexist tweets, and paying the price 

Gunner Teixeira

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Posted On: June 9th, 2020 11:02 am pst

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It is a sad day for The Flash family, as one of the actors will not be returning for season seven. 

Hartley Sawyer aka Ralph Dibney has been fired from The Flah series and will not be returning for the upcoming season. This comes after the discovery of the actor tweeting racist and sexist comments.

The Elongated Man actor released a statement apologizing for his actions, and stating he is grateful for fans calling him out.

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My words, irrelevant of being meant with an intent of humor, were hurtful, and unacceptable. I am ashamed I was capable of these really horrible attempts to get attention at that time. I regret them deeply. This was not acceptable behavior. These were words I threw out at the time with no thought or recognition of the harm my words could do, and now have done today. I am incredibly sorry, ashamed and disappointed in myself for my ignorance back then. I want to be very clear: this is not reflective of what I think or who I am now. Years ago, thanks to friends and experiences who helped me to open my eyes, I began my journey into becoming a more responsible adult – in terms of what I say, what I do, and beyond. I've largely kept that journey private, and this is another way that I have let so many down. I still have more work to do. But how I define myself now does not take away the impact of my words, or my responsibility for them. I am very sorry.

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So far, executive producer and showrunner for the series, Eric Wallace gave a statement in regards to the actor’s comments and expressed his extreme disgust. Grant Gustin, who plays the title character The Flash, shared it on his instagram. 

Another actress on The CW series commented on Sawyer’s tweets. Danielle Nicolet, former DA Cecile Horton- was deeply upset, but unfortunately not surprised by these actions. She commented on how this is a common occurrence for women of color in the entertainment industry. 

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It’s a heartbreaking fact of life that today is not the first time I have learned that someone I know, or work with, is not necessarily who they present themselves to be. At least not to MY face… My Black Face… It’s sad and disappointing, but it’s not shocking. This is a significant part of the black experience, and also being a woman. If we learn nothing from the events that have arisen from George Floyd’s brutal murder, it is that this SHOULDN’T be our experience. It CANNOT be. Not Anymore. It is NOT OKAY to allow a culture of racism, misogyny, homophobia and anti-Semitism to thrive in the workplace, at the dinner table or on social media. I hold no ill will toward my former castmate, or anyone who is on their journey toward self-betterment. As an African-American woman, I was raised to “forgive them, for they know not what they do”. Forgive is what we must do, because without it the pain is too much to bear, and without it we stifle our growth as compassionate human beings. That said, when you know better, you are required to do better. These past few weeks have been a crash course for this country. I, and every other African-American expect better moving forward. Because we matter. BLACK. LIVES. MATTER. ✊🏽 ———. Please take a look at the statement from our fearless leader @ewrote – who’s said what needs to be said better than I ever could.

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What does this mean for the actual character of Ralph Dibney? Will he be written out of the series or be recast for season 7? It’s still unsure, but, as soon as we know what lies in store for our Elongated Man, we will be the first to let you know. 

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Gunner Teixeira is an Afterbuzz TV host & the biggest fantasy fan. He is a broadcast journalist from Dos Palos, CA.

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