‘Riverdale’ Actress Vanessa Morgan Criticizes Hollywood for It’s Depiction of Black People

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SANTA MONICA, CA - June 16, 2018: Vanessa Morgan at the 2018 MTV Movie & TV Awards at the Barker Hanger, Santa Monica Airport (Editorial credit: Featureflash Photo Agency / Shutterstock.com)

Riverdale’ actress Vanessa Morgan criticizes Hollywood’s depiction of Black people.

After the protests of George Floyd’s death, ‘Riverdale’ star Vanessa Morgan is using this time to teach her followers about Hollywood’s systemic racism and the lack of meaningful roles that actors of colors are offered.

In a social media post on May 31, Morgan called out the TV industry. “Tired of how black people are portrayed in media, tired of us being portrayed as thugs, dangerous or angry scary people,” she wrote in the note. “Tired of us also being used as sidekick nondimensional characters to our white leads. Or only used in the ads for diversity but not actually in the show.” 

Morgan plays Toni Topaz on the hit series ‘Riverdale’ and was bumped from a recurring to a regular role in ‘Riverdale’s third season.

“Lmao too bad I’m the only black series regular but also paid the least,” Morgan added in a separate message to a fan on June 2. “Girl I could go on for days.”

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She later clarified her statements and added the show has “nothing to do with my fellow castmates and friends,” as they have no impact on the writing and don’t “call the shots.”

In relevant news, following the death of George Floyd, a video with Denzel Washington helping a man with a police encounter is going viral and fans are calling the actor a real-life superhero.

On May 22, TMZ reported Washington stopped and helped a homeless man who was “in some peril with oncoming traffic.”

Video footage of the incident shows Denzel Washington comforting the man and waiting with the man during an encounter with police.

TMZ reported the man was “detained — not sure why but possibly to make sure he was okay — then released.”

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