Actor Hartley Sawyer was sacked from the American superhero television show The Flash after the offensive tweets resurfaced.
Sawyer, who played Ralph Dibny / The Elongated Man, apologized after the publication of publications containing sexist and racist references.
Sawyer said the tweets were “hurtful and unacceptable” and “I deeply regret them”.
The producers of Flash have announced that it will not be featured in the seventh series of the CW program.
Sawyer, who joined the drama in 2017, has now deleted his Twitter account, but screenshots of the offending tweets have circulated online.
Warner Bros. Television, CW, Berlanti Productions and showrunner Eric Wallace have released a joint statement confirming that Sawyer will not return for season seven.
“With regard to Mr. Sawyer’s social media posts, we do not tolerate derogatory remarks about any race, ethnicity, national origin, gender or sexual orientation,” they said.
“Such remarks are contrary to our values and policies, which aim and evolve to promote a safe, inclusive and productive environment for our workforce. ”
The tweets also contained homophobic language and some spoke of violence against women.
“Really horrible attempts to get attention”
In an apology on Instagram, Sawyer said he was “ashamed” even though his comments were made in jest.
“My words, unrelated to a sense of humor, were hurtful and unacceptable. I am ashamed to be able to make these truly horrible attempts to get attention at that time. I deeply regret them, ”he said.
“It was not acceptable behavior. These are words that I threw at the time without thinking or recognizing the harm that my words could do, and that I did today. “
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My words, irrelevant of being meant with an intention 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.
Wallace tweeted a separate personal statement that Sawyer’s tweets “broke my heart and made me mad like hell.” And they are indicative of the bigger problem in our country. ”
Lead actor Grant Gustin republished Wallace’s statement and added, “I will say that I was shocked, saddened and angry when I saw the tweets. Words count. ”
The Flash has been nominated for a series of Teen Choice Awards, People’s Choice Awards and Kids ‘Choice Awards over the years.
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