Hartley Sawyer, who played elastic hero “Elongated Man,” fired from “The Flash”

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Hartley Sawyer fired from Flash.

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VANCOUVER — Hartley Sawyer won’t be in season 7 of “The Flash” or any other installment moving forward. That’s because the gangling actor was fired for disseminating a series of racist and misogynistic tweets several years ago. Hartley, 35, played elastic superhero Elongated Man (aka Ralph Dibny). His dismissal comes amid worldwide turmoil in the aftermath of George Floyd’s murder on May 25th. George, a black man, was asphyxiated to death by white cop Derek Chauvin.

“Hartley Sawyer will not be returning for season seven of The Flash,” officials with The CW 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 policies, which strive and evolve to promote a safe, inclusive and productive environment for our workforce.”

In 2012, Hartley tweeted: “The only thing keeping me from doing mildly racist tweets is the knowledge that Al Sharpton would never stop complaining about me.”

Then, in 2014, he wrote: “Enjoyed a secret boob viewing at an audition today,” coupled with, “Date rape myself so I don’t have to masturbate.”

Shortly after receiving his pink slip, Hartley issued an apology via Instagram.

“My words, irrelevant of being meant with an intent of humor, were hurtful, and unacceptable,” he wrote. “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.”

Hartley joined the show in 2017.

Now it appears his acting career is over.

Producer Eric Wallace was behind Hartley’s termination.

Do you agree with the firing?

Share your thoughts.

48 comments

  1. I’m gay and I could care less what someone’s opinion is. Did he seriously have to lose his job based on some random shit he said like 6 years ago? People are literally walking open wounds they’re so obnoxiously sensitive. Soon no one in America will be permitted an opinion.

  2. No But I Got Cheez Whiz

    He was my favorite character in the flash but when u fuck up u pay The consequences. I’ll miss his character in the show but as a black female I’m glad the CW took the measures needed and held him responsible for his actions.

  3. I feel like TV show producers should do background social media checks before hiring actors . It just stops the problem before it starts and shows those people that there are consequences for their actions , idk tho , just my opinion

  4. Timmy James Official

    The fact that there were that many tweets and it wasn’t just one singular community he offended and it was stuff that most offensive comedians wouldn’t touch with a ten foot pole

  5. ENOUGH IS ENOUGH it’s 2020 what exactly do you think was gonna happen people are sick of racists, Homophobic and ignorant people so 2020 is the year u gonna get cancelled stuff is gonna come back up from years ago called digital footprints

  6. Oh, are you SoRrY? are you sOrrY? Sorry doesn’t fix it. ~ Miranda Sings.

  7. It’s funny how his character was given a second chance in the show because of his past mistakes but in real life even the cast members turned their back on him.

  8. People dont change in 6 to 9 years right?
    If he were racist or sexist than it would be better represented by tweets made years ago and not the personality he posses right now right?
    How would the crew members know if he were a misogynist just by working with him for three YEARS right?

  9. There horrid tweets but there when he was young like they were 7-9 years ago so he might now better now but that’s no excuse really is it so this was a waste of writings on this comment

  10. Apology not accepted. You can’t change those words.

  11. Damn.. I’m going to miss him

  12. He racist but he work with black people on the show

  13. He’s hot… he can say whatever he wants!

  14. kiki bigbangfan

    Keep your tired-ass apology, nobody wants it!

  15. Everyone getting exposed in 2020 isn’t apologizing for why they did they’re apologizing for getting exposed

  16. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t approve what he did but, This is just stupid. The ideology, nor the point of view to certain things has nothing to do with the actor/actress. If we judged employment that way, the most of the people would be unemployed. This is getting out of hand… What’s more, they fired him only when the protests about racism is on the trend, what a lobotomized action and phsichology of crowd…

  17. @X: also Candice Patton is gorgeous 🤩👑

  18. Well, if being racist was an issue to be fired, basically all humanity couldn’t keep a job, except those who don’t open their mouth, or aren’t heard by others… But apparently, it’s only an issue for your job and you status when you say it loudly on twitter… What this guy said is racist, sexist, hurt feelings… But you basically heard those comments every time you’re outside… Should we fired all the people who talk like that? Should we fire doctors, scientists, building workers, bakers… Who talk like that? Damned… Twitter, the new justice of the world, where you can get fire someone you don’t even know or encounter, just because you don’t like what he said. And people here applause when someone is exposed, but nobody cares about the victims in first place, they just want someone to be judged, and they feel better when someone is accused, because they think it will compensate their own issues with same problems… Guys, at some point, you should understand, TWITTER JUDGMENT ISN’T JUSTICE.

  19. Nooooooooo ralf😭 one of my fav characters but literly homophobia racisim and sexisim is everything i stand against and angers me the most.😭😭😭😭😭

  20. Why do so many fucking celebrities have a racist/homophobic past?!

  21. That’s a damn shame Ralph was a cool character but everyone should be held accountable for saying those things

  22. I hope he gets diarrhea, and no toilet paper near him

  23. Thank God. I always wanted him out of the show but never wanted him go like this.

  24. I wonder how many people will get fired this year?!!! Social media is a double-edged sword.. one tweet can end people’s careers…

  25. wow, I get that consequences for racist tweets are necessary, but hating on and cancelling him for that NOW? 6 to 9 years is a long time and long enough for someone to change, but people who like outrage seem to always look for the next hate bandwagon to jump on. I’m against racism, but if he didn’t show any sign of racism for almost a decade now, firing him after such a long time since he made and deleted the tweets seems a little harsh. people from my neighborhood used to be disrespectful towards me and my family and now we’re on good terms. people can change, why search for sth. to hate on others all the time, I don’t get it. would be a waste of time imo.

  26. Maybe he should publicly apologize and donate to BLM as a show of faith to the fans and CW. The Flash is show about second chances.

  27. Some of these “apologies” either are real, or forced on by his manager.

  28. Jamaican Panda

    Who’s going to believe or accept that bs apology?

  29. Sure this is down right wrong… But It makes me think are we humans really not allowed to change or have a character development these days? For sure most u guys were kinda like that yrs ago or if not, did something that were awfully wrong, etc.. But if he didn’t do anything to change his past actions without being called out then yeah he deserves to be fired. Hehe

  30. That’s CRAZY, he just got his emblem on the Flash as Elongated Man. 😂

  31. The fact that everyone in the comments are saying “but it’s the past, everyone deserves a second chance” this is exactly why BLack people feel they’re not being heard or their feelings aren’t regarded in the same way someone who isn’t black , I.E White persons. There is power in the words you use! Remember that. Apologize and grow from your mistakes. People are being held accountable more now than ever because black people are tired of supporting people who aren’t for them.

  32. DungeonmasterD

    I an very angry and disappointed at Hartley,s firing I don’t know if I can watch the show anymore knowing that they are so harsh on such a trivial issue as a tweet! Shame on you Eric Wallace! The CW has always been good at “representation” so I really doubt if anyone could say that the CW as a network is racist, homophonic, ect. BTW I am a person of “Color” and I am against this cancel culture 100%

  33. I think it’s pathetic he got fired for this. In the show (and other CW Arrowverse shows for that matter), they continuously talk about people changing. These tweets were posted 6 years ago of more (depending on the tweet)! Clearly he has changed now. If they were recent, I’d understand this consequence but as this wasn’t the case, I’m kinda pissed-off.

  34. The CW are cowards. The really heroic thing to do would would be for the CW utilising their real courage and sense of community would be to shower Hartley with love and acceptance and tell him they think he was talking shit but they love him anyway and they’re gonna stand by him. Imagine how powerful of a message against hate that would be. Even if Hartley was a sincere racist up to that very second he’d change his views right there and then.

  35. Is it just me or is anyone else sad that Ralph won’t be in The Flash anymore?

  36. I wish they didn’t fired him 😔

  37. SladeOne Gunner

    I’m sorry but I don’t agree with the firing especially from 2012 tweets from a time where it was a trend to randomly say anything for RTs and that’s a entire different time and mind state eventhough the women tweets was a no no and don’t give me that weak ass al sharpton tweet that’s a big reach and I do agree that words do matter but so does currency too so it wasn’t like these were two week old to months recent tweets 8years ago shouldn’t cost someone their job, if anything hit him where it really hurts his pockets

  38. Heaven forbid we give people a chance to change or reform their lives !! I hope nobody watches the the flash from now on they deserve to loose their fan base and the show bosses are assholes and I’m shocked at grant gustin he acts like a nice guy but clearly doesn’t care…

  39. Them firing him was bullshit

  40. Idiots for firing him. Dumb for apologizing.

  41. Him getting fired is bull💩 !!!!!

  42. Good! Glad he was fired.

  43. So basically if you’ve ever said anything stupid in the past don’t bother changing because you will be judged on that past when some loser with no life dredges your twitter from years ago just to manufacture offence from nowhere.

  44. The past is the past but you gotta love how one tweet can ruin everything

  45. BriRenea Lovin’

    Everyone in the comments defending racism and having no sympathy for the people who were offended.

  46. Does anyone else find it unfair that he’s being fired for something he did 8 years ago, before he was even on the show?

  47. Shouldn’t the guy get a second chance. Don’t let the past define a person. Let the future do so. Politics or current events or movements be a factor whether an actor be fired on a show. The cw should be like Barry Allen give the guy a second chance. Don’t write off Ralph. Recast him. But better give him a second chance.

  48. Sergeant Tickles

    lol ive been watching the flash since 2014, its been trash ever since the 5th season, but this? lol good luck getting me to watch this shit unironically again

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