Riverdale's Vanessa Morgan Said She’s “Paid the Least” on the Show
UPDATE: Riverdale creator Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa apologized to Morgan in an Instagram post on Thursday, writing, "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."
He added that the show's writers made donations to Black Lives Matter, but added, "We know where the work must happen for us. In the writer's room."
Riverdale star Vanessa Morgan is calling out harmful portrayals of Black people in media.
Morgan, who plays Toni Topaz on the show, tweeted on Sunday that she was "not being [quiet] anymore," alongside a note that read, "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."
On Tuesday, she added, "My role on Riverdale has nothing to do with my fellow castmates/friends. They don’t write the show. So no need to attack them, they don’t call the shots & I know they have my back."
Co-star Lili Reinhart replied to Morgan with her support, writing, "We love you V. And support you 10000%."
In a replies to someone on Twitter, Morgan, who has been on the show since its second season in 2017, also claimed she was the series regular "paid the least" on the show, and that she was "used as the token biracial bisexual."
The CW did not immediately respond to InStyle's request for comment.
Morgan's tweets came after she defended Riverdale co-star Ashleigh Murray after a Twitter user called Murray a "diva."
"You don’t know what the f—k your [sic] talking about and don’t talk about my friend like that," she wrote. "Another thing i hate BLACK women being called DIVAS for sticking up for themselves. Maybe the show should write for her like the white characters. You picked the wrong day get off my page."