Another actor has learned that what you posted on social media in the past can come back to haunt you, even if it was deleted. Hartley Sawyer, best known as Ralph Dibney/ Elongated Man on the CW series, The Flash, was fired from the show on Monday, June 8 after tweets from his account of misogynistic and racist nature came to light.
Sawyer’s tweets were from before he became a cast member of the Flash. While Sawyer deleted his Twitter account, screenshots of the tweets from 2012- 2014 surfaced online two weeks ago.
The CW, Warner Brothers Television, and Berlanti Productions issued a joint statement in regard to the termination of Sawyer:
“Hartley Sawyer will not be returning for season seven of The Flash. 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. Such remarks are antithetical to our values and polices, which strive and evolve to promote a safe, inclusive and productive environment for our workforce.”
Executive producer and showrunner Eric Wallace also tweeted a statement.
My statement regarding Hartley Sawyer and THE FLASH. pic.twitter.com/hni0MxOWZU
— Eric Wallace (@ewrote) June 8, 2020
Grant Gustin, who plays the title character in The Flash, posted Wallace’s statement to his Instagram, adding his own words to it.
Sawyer posted an apology on his Instagram account.
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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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