Hartley Sawyer known for his role of Kyle Abbott and Ralph Diby/ Elongated Man on CBS Daytime soap opera “The Young and The Restless” and on The CW series “The Flash” respectively, was fired from the role of Ralph Diby/ Elongated Man from “The Flash” after the resurfacing of his old racist and misogynist tweets.
The resurfacing tweets were from the year 2012 and 2014 which were degrading a women and where he called himself a racist. On one of his tweets he said that he would “beat the hell ” out of his wife if he had one, to which he issued an apology on 30th may after the tweet resurfaced where he admits making “unacceptable” jokes to get attention.
“I am incredibly sorry, ashamed and disappointed in myself on my ignorance back then,” Sawyer said “I want to be very clear: this is not reflective of what I think or what I am now.”
The network along with Warner Bros released a statement stating “in regards to Mr Sawyer’s posts on social media, we do not tolerate derogatory remarks that target any race, ethnicity, national origin, gender or sexual orientation,” the statement continued as “such remarks are antithetical to our values and polices, which strives and evolve to promote a safe, inclusive and productive environment for our work place.”
To the posts of Sawyer Eric Wallace the show runner gave a statement after Sawyers release from the show saying “The Flash is a family show. But it is for all families. That includes Black and Browns are one”.
Eric stated that Sawyer’s social media post made him “mad as hell” and was indicative of a large problem. As Eric wrote “Concerning his social media tweets, they broke my heart and made me mad as hell. And they’re indicative of the larger problem in our country. Because at present, our country still accepts and protects harassment unconscious or otherwise, terrorizing and brutalizing of Black and Brown people, which is far too often fatal.”
As Grant Gustine reposted Wallace’s statement to his own Instagram on Monday, he wrote “I don’t have much to add because Eric’s thoughts are stated so eloquently and powerfully,” Gustine continued as “I will say I was shocked, saddened and angry when I saw the tweets. Words matter.”
With all this, it is confirmed that Hartley Sawyer will not be returning for the 7th season of The Flash.
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