Vanessa Morgan Of “Riverdale” Reveals She’s Paid The Least Among The Regulars

June 3, 2020 / Posted by:

Vanessa Morgan, the only Black regular on Riverdale, decided to share details about the inequality she experiences on the show. Over the weekend she took to Twitter to reveal she’s sick of Riverdale writers sidelining the few Black characters, and that she’s well aware that she’s the least paid of all of the regulars.

Here’s her initial statement:

Tired of how black people are portrayed in Media, tired of us being portrayed as thugs, dangerous or angry 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.

And the actual tweet:

Three days later she followed up by revealing the pay disparity:

Then tweeted this about her co-stars:

Before that, she defended her former co-star, Ashleigh Murray, who played Josie until her character was shipped over to that Katy Keene spin-off. The initial tweet has since been deleted, but apparently, a “fan” said Ashleigh got less screen time because she was a “diva”:


Lili Reinhart (who plays Betty), tweeted her “1000% support” for Vanessa.

Today Vanessa responded to the media attention she got from her initial tweet:


I watch Riverdale, and, for those of you who don’t (i.e. those of you with actual taste), I can confirm Vanessa’s take on the Black characters. Vanessa’s character (who was initially introduced as part of a gang) is Cheryl’s girlfriend/second fiddle, and rarely gets any plots of her own. Ashleigh Murray’s Josie was also majorly sidelined. Shit’s gotten so white on that show, it’s basically the actual Archie comics. Looks like Riverdale needs a major shakeup going into their fifth season. Breakups, numerous cast exits, now confirmed that the Black regulars get paid less? Do better, Riverdale. Like, in every single way. Pay discrepancies, plot equality, dialogue, logical plots, consistent characterizations, etc… etc…


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