The CW fired actor Hartley Sawyer, who played the Elongated Man on The Flash, for “derogatory remarks.”Sawyer’s firing comes after a viral tweet from Bunk’d and Jessie actress Skai Jackson. Jackson wrote, “Hartley Sawyer, you have been exposed…”
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Hartley Sawyer, you have been exposed…In a joint statement to The Hollywood Reporter from The CW, Berlanti Productions, Warner Bros. TV, and executive producer Eric Wallace they announced they had fired Sawyer, “Hartley Sawyer will not be returning for season seven of The Flash.”The statement then explained why he was fired, “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 polices, which strive and evolve to promote a safe, inclusive and productive environment for our workforce.”Eric Wallace would release his own statement on Twitter.He wrote, “This morning, many of you learned that Hartley Sawyer will not be returning for Season Seven of THE FLASH. Concerning his social media tweets, they broke my heart and made me mad as hell. And they’re indicative of the larger problem in our country.”Wallace continued, “Because at present, our country still accepts and protects the continual harassment – unconscious or otherwise – terrorizing and brutalizing of Black and Brown people, which is far too often fatal. That’s why our country is standing up once again and shouting “ENOUGH!” and taking to the streets to bring active change.”“I, too, am committed to bringing permanent change to the work environment here on THE FLASH. Yes, this is a family show. But it’s for all families. That includes Black and Brown ones,” Wallace stated.He then wrote, “In order to facilitate this, I will continue to find Black and Brown writers, directors, actors, and producers of all genders to help tell FLASH stories. Their stories are part of the American narrative, too, and must be heard. And the more you hear and see us, the more you will begin to recognize one simple fact: We’re human beings, too.”Wallace continued, “To those who still aren’t sure why so many Americans have taken to the streets to make their voices known, I ask you to consider this: Every time a Black or Brown life is harassed, harmed or murdered, as in the case of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor and too many others, our entire country fractures and moves further and futher away from any moral authority we often claim to have in the world.”He concluded, “Murder is not democracy. Systemic and institutional white privilege is not equality. Suppressing the free press with violence is not liberty. The only way for you to be free is for all of us to be free. #BlackLivesMatter.”Eric Wallace
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My statement regarding Hartley Sawyer and THE FLASH.The tweets in question are from before Sawyer’s time on The Flash with many of them dated between 2011 and 2014.Twitter user Remanethesame shared a number of screenshots of his tweets. In one he writes, “If I had a wife I would beat the hell out of her tonight lol.”Another he writes, “Things only women should be in: twilight screenings, gynecologists offices, and Porsches.”He also wrote, “As a lad, one of my favorite activities was kidnapping homeless women and cutting off their breasts.”In still another he wrote, “Out at dinner and just exposed myself as a racist, AGAIN.”Another reads, “The only thing stopping me from doing mildly racist tweets is the knowledge Al Sharpton would never stop complaining about me.”🔥Sofiyah the Sith🔥
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Hartley Sawyer has been tweeting dumb sh*t for a long time now, it shouldn’t have taken him this long to get fired but anyway, better now than never.DCEUPosts shared a number of other tweets, Sawyer made.DC Universe
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Hartley Sawyer (Elongated Man) has been fired from CW’s ‘THE FLASH’ following a series of tweets referencing assault, misogyny, homophobic slurs, and racism. #TheFlash miv
@socialwokegirl
The fact that Candice Patton has to work around people like Hartley Sawyer and Danielle Panabaker is awful. Also drop the strong black woman tropes in the writing. #hearcandicepatton Sawyer has since deleted his Twitter account. However, he did recently post an apology on Instagram.It begins, “I’m not here to make excuses – regardless of the intention, my words matter and they carry profound consequences.

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