As shocking as it gets, we won’t be seeing Hartley Sawyer aka Ralph Dibny aka Elongated Man when The Flash returns for Season 7 on TV in 2021.
Sawyer was fired because of his post-The Flash racist and misogynist tweets that resurrected online following the George Floyd protests aftermath.
“Hartley Sawyer will not be returning for season seven of The Flash,” The CW, producers Warner Bros. TV and Berlanti Productions and executive producer Wallace said in a statement. “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.”
Sawyer apologized online for the series of offensive tweets that resurfaced on the social media platform, Twitter.
“I’m not here to make excuses – regardless of the intention, my words matter and they carry consequences,” Sawyer wrote in the post. “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 tweets in question were published before Sawyer joined The Flash in 2017 and are dated from 2012-2014. At the time of publishing, his Twitter account has been deleted; however, there are still screenshots of the tweets floating around the internet. Among them were references to sexual assault (“As a lad, one of my favorite activities was kidnapping homeless women and cutting off their breasts”), racist comments (“The only thing stopping me from doing mildly racist things is the knowledge that Al Sharpton would never stop complaining about me”), and sexist remarks (“Things only women should be in: twilight screenings, gynecologists offices, and Porsches).
Grant Gustin aka Barry Allen aka The Flash was saddened and shocked upon hearing the news.