“Riverdale” actress Vanessa Morgan announced she’s “not being quiet anymore” when it comes to the portrayal of black people in media. Morgan tweeted: “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.”
Morgan also stated that she gets paid less than her white co-stars and that she is “used as the token biracial bisexual.” Morgan asked fans not to “attack” her fellow castmates, as they “don’t call the shots,” her co-star Lili Reinhart responded with, “We love you, V. And support you 10000%.”
Morgan, who plays Toni Topaz, joined “Riverdale” as a reoccurring character in the show’s second season and was promoted to a series regular in season 3. She is currently the only black series regular, since Ashleigh Murray left the show after the third season.