Riverdale star Vanessa Morgan slams series’ treatment of Black characters and says she’s the least-paid series regular on the show.
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. ♥️
— Vanessa Morgan (@VanessaMorgan) June 2, 2020
Morgan went off on a Twitter user claiming that Ashleigh Murray, who played Josie on the show, “is a known diva and didn’t want to share the screen with other talented women,” and as a result, her character was written off the teen drama.
You don’t know what the fuck your talking about and don’t talk about my friend like that. 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. https://t.co/go74B7YBYc
— Vanessa Morgan (@VanessaMorgan) May 31, 2020
Murray responded to Morgan with a tweet saying “thank you.” Asha Brom also chimed on how ‘Riverdale’ writers treated their black characters.
Don't even get me started with how Riverdale treated the Pussycats. We had so much more to contribute than standing in the background and adding sass to a storyline. I stand with you @VanessaMorgan. https://t.co/IUMm9xaFYO
— ASHA (@ashabrom) June 2, 2020
“Lucifer” star Lesley Ann-Brandt shredded a Twitter user that pretty much claimed Morgan wanted more money for less work.
You sit your ass down and shut the fuck up. Black artists are paid less across the board. Yes. It’s money honey. We have families and mortgages and entire teams we pay doing the same damn job or more. @VanessaMorgan I love you 💛 https://t.co/p4A1YMghTO
— 📎Lesley-Ann Brandt (@LesleyAnnBrandt) June 2, 2020
Morgan later talked about how black people are portrayed in media on her Instagram story.