'Riverdale' Actor Vanessa Morgan Says She's the Show's "Only Black Series Regular but Paid the Least"
"To the six year old me who had no role model that looked like me on TV. This is for you"
Morgan started when she opened up about Hollywood's unfair roles for Black actors:
When that post was widely shared, she responded by vowing to take a firmer stance when choosing future roles:
To my black fans, I have now made it my purpose to fight for us. To the six year old me who had no role model that looked like me on TV. This is for you. We aren't your token black non dimensional characters. This is being black in Hollywood. I will fight for YOU 🖤 https://t.co/OgsB5ZjDjE— Vanessa Morgan (@VanessaMorgan) June 3, 2020
And I will no longer take roles that don't properly represent us. PERIOD.— Vanessa Morgan (@VanessaMorgan) June 3, 2020
When a fan mentioned her paycheck should be doubled since she is the only Black lead on Riverdale and an LGBT character on the show, Morgan mentioned that she's actually the lowest paid among the show's leads:
Lmao too bad I'm the only black series regular but also paid the least 😂👏🏽 girl i could go on for days 🐸— Vanessa Morgan (@VanessaMorgan) June 2, 2020
Morgan went on to ask her fans not to take this out on her co-stars, who don't have anything to do with the inner workings of 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