Vanessa Morgan, Riverdale | Photo Credits: Dean Buscher/The CW

Riverdale showrunner Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa has responded to actress Vanessa Morgan speaking out about the show’s poor treatment of Black actors and Black characters, including her allegation that she is paid the least out of the show’s series regulars. Morgan is currently the only Black series regular in the cast.

On Thursday evening, Aguirre-Sacasa posted a message to his social accounts that read: “We hear Vanessa. We love Vanessa. She’s right. We’re sorry and we make the same promise to you that we did to her. We will do better to honor her and the character she plays. As well as all of our actors and characters of color. CHANGE is happening and will continue to happen. Riverdale will get bigger, not smaller. Riverdale will be part of the movement, not outside it. All of the Riverdale writers made a donation to BLM, but we know where the work must happen for us. In the writers’ room.”

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Aguirre-Sacasa’s response comes after Morgan called out the media, including Riverdale, for using Black actors as props to promote an image of diversity without actually writing well-rounded characters for them to play on screen. On Sunday, Morgan tweeted that she was “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. I’m not being [quiet] anymore.”

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Morgan joined Riverdale in Season 2 as Toni Topaz, a member of a local gang and a love interest for Cheryl Blossom (Madelaine Petsch). In the actress’ tweets on Tuesday, she referred to how the series has used Toni “as the token biracial bisexual” and called out Riverdale for not giving her equal pay to her white co-stars once she was promoted to series regular in Season 3.

“Lmao too bad I’m the only black series regular but also paid the least ??? girl i could go on for days,” she wrote.

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