Hartley Sawyer has been fired from The Flash after racist and misogynistic tweets resurfaced. Sawyer played Ralph Dibny, aka Elongated Man, on the hit series. This is not the first time that old tweets have come back to haunt people in the present. James Gunn was famously fired from Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 back in 2018 for the same thing, even though Disney ended up rehiring him. As for Sawyer, it doesn't look like he'll be invited back to The Flash. You can read the statement from Warner Bros. TV, The CW, Berlanti Productions and executive producer Eric Wallace below.
"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 policies, which strive and evolve to promote a safe, inclusive and productive environment for our workforce."
Some of Hartley Sawyer's posts date back to 2009 and he has since apologized for his behavior. In addition to the apology, Sawyer went through and deleted his Twitter account entirely, though screenshots of some of his "jokes" are still floating around online. Nearly everything is saved online forever, so his tweets will live on. Sawyer had this to say in his apology letter to his fans.
"I'm not here to make excuses - regardless of the intention my words matter, and they carry profound consequences. And mine can and have caused pain and embarrassment, along with feelings I can only imagine, to supporters and fans, my cast mates, the crew, my colleagues and friends. I owe them all an apology. And I owe each of you an apology. Thank you for holding me accountable."
The old tweets were all brought back into focus after Hartley Sawyer posted support for Black Lives Matter on social media. People began calling him a hypocrite and started posting screenshots of his old tweets on various social media platforms, which is when The CW and Warner Bros. caught wind of the situation. The studio was swift in firing the actor and took the situation very seriously.
Race is on the minds of a lot of people at the moment after the death of George Floyd. Protests are still happening across the world, two full weeks after the incident took place, and Warner Bros., along with The CW, understandably wanted to sever ties with Hartley Sawyer immediately. While the news is still fresh, there is a lot of talk about the firing on social media at the moment.
The Flash fans seem to be divided about Hartley Sawyer getting fired for old racist tweets. Some believe that the tweets were just bad jokes and not something that someone should be punished for, especially since it's been so long. Others are very happy about the firing and are starting to take aim at others now. You can read the apology in full below, thanks to Hartley Sawyer's Instagram account.