In the wake of sweeping change going on in this country, there are also big changes happening on The Flash. Today, The CW alongside Warner Bros. TV, Berlanti Productions, and showrunner Eric Wallace announced that they are firing Hartley Sawyer over the resurfacing of old tweets that showed a pattern of racist, misogynistic, and homophobic behavior.
Here is what the following parties had to say in a statement, per The Hollywood Reporter:
“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 policies, which strive and evolve to promote a safe, inclusive and productive environment for our workforce.”
Wallace himself issued a statement on Sawyer’s comments, which you can read at the bottom of this article alongside an apology from the actor himself, who was first posted last week. He also vowed to bring “permanent change” to the work environment on the show, including working to tell more diverse stories. This is one of those occasions where actions will speak louder than words. Removing Sawyer from the show is one step, but there is more work to be done. That includes work in the writers’ room to celebrate inclusiveness, but also within the stories on the show itself.
One other thing that needs to change with the show is the vetting of actors prior to them signing on. All of Sawyer’s offensive comments were made prior to him signing on, and were there proper practices in place, he could have never been brought on board and the entire situation now could have been avoided.
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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.