Grant Gustin Reacts To Hartley Sawyer’s Firing Over Racist Tweets
Not only was he allegedly racist, but also misogynistic. Hartley Sawyer’s twisted words on Twitter has led to him getting fired from CW’s The Flash. The lead star Grant Gustin was shocked to hear that his co-star would have such thoughts. He admitted that after hearing what he did, he was saddened, angry, and shocked. Last time something like this happened was when Ralph Dibny was taken out from the show when fans dug out his offensive tweets back from 2012 and 2014.
Grant Gustin’s Heart Broke After The News
The lead actor Grant Gustin took to Instagram to post his thoughts on the news about Sawyer. He revealed that it made them extremely angry and broke his heart as well. He wrote that such mentality represented a larger problem in the country. A problem that people nowadays are standing up against and shouting, “Enough!”. He continued to express his thoughts:
“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. 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.”
At the end of his lengthy message, he tried to reason with those who still had trouble comprehending the point of all the protests for Black Lives Matter. He asked them to think about how it would feel if they continue to push down the black and brown community and then go on to claim to have a moral authority to the world. He also recalled some of the victims of brutality, with Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud Arbery among them.
Although Sawyer apologized for his resurfaced tweets, it feels like CW only wants people who have a clean history. He put out a post on Instagram:
“My words, irrelevant of being meant with an internt 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 behaviour. 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.”
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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.