An actor who starred in CW’s The Flash just got fired for some tweets that re-surfaced which were racist, misogynistic, and homophobic in nature. Hartley Sawyer played Ralph Dibny on the series for three seasons. The CW says “Hartley Sawyer will not be returning for Season 7 of The Flash. 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.”
The tweets were uncovered and brought to the attention of Twitter nation last week. At that point, Hartley issued a statement via Instagram. However, damage was done.
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My words, irrelevant of being meant with an intent of humor, were hurtful, and unacceptable. I am ashamed I was capable of these really horrible attempts to get attention at that time. I regret them deeply. This was not acceptable behavior. These were words I threw out at the time with no thought or recognition of the harm my words could do, and now have done today. I am incredibly sorry, ashamed and disappointed in myself for my ignorance back then. I want to be very clear: this is not reflective of what I think or who I am now. Years ago, thanks to friends and experiences who helped me to open my eyes, I began my journey into becoming a more responsible adult – in terms of what I say, what I do, and beyond. I've largely kept that journey private, and this is another way that I have let so many down. I still have more work to do. But how I define myself now does not take away the impact of my words, or my responsibility for them. I am very sorry.
In 2014, he wrote, “Enjoyed a secret b**b viewing at an audition today,” and in 2012, “The only thing keeping me from doing mildly racist tweets is the knowledge that Al Sharpton would never stop complaining about me.” Other tweets refer pointedly to violence against women. “Outside of the 7-11 where I assaulted my ex-girlfriend lol,” he wrote in December of 2012. Another tweet from earlier that same day reads, “I like women who are good in the sack! The burlap sack where I put my victims.”