Riverdale Is Accused of Writing Black Characters as “Sidekicks” To White Leads

The Black Lives matter movement is going stronger than ever. More and more people are banding together to fight for justice. Protests have become a beautiful melting pot of all ethnicities, sexualities, and celebrities/non-celebrities, as they continue the fight for equality among the black community. 

Influencers and celebrities are speaking their truth, and Riverdale’s Vanessa Morgan is amongst them.

Morgan plays Toni Topaz (a member of the South Side Serpents) on the CW show. 

On May 31st, Morgan voiced her opinion through a Twitter statement: 

“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 side kick non dimensional characters to our white leads. Or only used in the ads for diversity but not actually in the show. It starts with the media. I’m not being quiet anymore.” 

Since there was no direct mention of Riverdale, fans were left wondering if she was hinting at the popular television show.

However, on June 2nd, it was confirmed through a Twitter conversation between Morgan and G, that Riverdale was included in her previous tweet. 

Morgan also stated that not only was she the “only black series regular”, but she was also the least paid, among her fellow cast members.

She then followed that tweet with another, in regards to her Riverdale cast mates. 

It’s great that Morgan brought the issue up, and hopefully, the writers of Riverdale will take those statements into full consideration, moving forward. 

Published by Monica Ring

Screenwriter/Journalist with a passion for storytelling

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