Days after Vanessa Morgan Kopech spoke out against the Riverdale writers for what she believed were using her character Tony Topaz “as non-dimensional characters for our white protagonists,” creator Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa has promised “to do better. ”
On social media, the showrunner issued an apology to Morgan and vowed to make the successful CW series “part of the movement” advance.
“We listen to Vanessa,” began her post. “We love Vanessa. She is right. We are sorry and we promise you the same thing we did to her. We will do our best to honor her and the character she plays. As well as all of our actors and characters of color.”
Aguirre-Sacasa continued: “CHANGE is happening and will continue to happen. Riverdale will get bigger, not smaller. Riverdale will be part of the movement, not outside of it. All Riverdale writers made a donation to @BLMLA (Black Lives Matter Los Angeles), but we know where the work should happen for us. In the writers’ room. ”
Morgan then retweeted the Aguirre-Sacasa post.
On Tuesday, Morgan spoke out against Riverdale in a post condemning the way its black characters are depicted.
“Tired of how black people are portrayed in the media, tired of us being portrayed as thugs, dangerous or angry scary people,” she wrote on Twitter. “Tired of us also being used as side kick non dimensional characters to our white leads.”
“Or only used in the ads for diversity but not actually in the show,” she continued. “It starts with the media. I’m not being quiet anymore.”