It was revealed yesterday that Hartley Sawyer has been fired from The Flash Season 7 and fans aren’t happy with The CW’s decision.
It came as a pretty big shock to me that The CW has fired Sawyer from the show.
He is one of the newest additions to Team Flash, yet over the last two seasons he’s become a big part of it.
He was pretty annoying to begin with, but has become a much more interesting character.
Hartley Sawyer plays Ralph Dibny on the show, who’s also known as Elongated Man.
Let’s just say that he’s very stretchy and can stretch his body into literally anything, including changing his face to look like someone else.
His powers are pretty cool, and Ralph started off an as annoying Private Investigator, yet ended up becoming one of the most interesting and compelling characters on The CW show.
However, he now won’t be in The Flash Season 7 as Sawyer was fired after his racist and misogynistic tweets were unearthed.
The Flash fans aren’t happy about Hartley Sawyer being fired
Let me put this plainly:
Cancel culture's stupid.
Hartley Sawyer's tweets were obvious jokes.
Not to mention they were years ago. God forbid someone changes after a couple years.
— CrackerJacker (@JackHasCrackers) June 8, 2020
I find it really stupid that Hartley Sawyer lost his job for tweets he made 6 to 8 years ago by someone who spent a long time going through their post history to dig up dirt.
I am however impressed by the dedication put into the matter.
— Uncle Iroh (@MisterNegative1) June 9, 2020
I’m a major fan of the flash so when I heard my favorite character Ralph dibny wasn’t gonna be in season 7 I was like why watch it? I’m not watching it unless he comes back…. #BringHartleyBack #inthepast #theflash #ralphdibny #HartleySawyer
— Kira Johnson (@KiraJoh09324852) June 9, 2020
These tweets were posted between 2012 and 2014 and there meant to be ‘jokes’.
Honestly, I use the term ‘jokes’ very loosely here. If they were meant to be jokes, they weren’t good ones.
They were not funny nor clever. However, does that warrant him being fired from the show so publically?
It means he’s now going to find it tough getting work in the business because he’ll be branded as a racist and misogynist.
He might be both those things, however, so if that’s the case, then this could be a good thing.
That said, fans have come up in support of Hartley on social media and they seem outraged by the decision to have him fired.
They let their feelings heard on social media.
He posted an ‘apology’ for his tweets
View this post on Instagram
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.
Hartley posted an apology via his Instagram account after it was announced he had been fired from the show.
Honestly, I don’t think any of this is good.
Hartley shouldn’t have posted the tweets, but I also don’t think he should have been fired from the show so publically.
Get rid of him, yes. However, maybe don’t make the reason why he’s leaving the show so public.
What do you make of all of this?
Do you think Hartley Sawyer should have been fired from The Flash Season 7?
Or, do you think The CW was too harsh with him and made the wrong decision?
Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.