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Hartley Sawyer Fired From The Flash

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It’s happened many times on television….the producers are looking for a sleazy-looking person to play a sleazy-type character, they find the perfect match, and then he actually turns out to BE sleazy in real life, so they have to fire him — but not before he’s done his damage.

In this case it’s Hartley Sawyer, who played Ralph Dibny AKA Elongated Man on The Flash for three seasons. Sawyer’s old Twitter feed, which he abandoned upon joining the cast, has resurfaced, and it’s full of racist, homophobic and misogynistic jokes. We’re not going to reproduce most of the tweets here, since they’re pretty disgusting, but here’s a taste: “If I had a wife I would beat the hell out of her tonight lol.” The rest run along those lines.

The CW immediately let Sawyer go and released this statement to distance themselves from him: “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.” Sawyer released his own statement of apology: “I’m not here to make excuses — regardless of the intention, my words matter and they carry profound consequences…Thank you for holding me accountable.”

The show has been playing the long game with Ralph…he was cast as an arrogant, lecherous ladies man, the joke being that in the comics he’s the most committed and monogamous superhero in the DCU. He never goes anywhere or does anything without his wife, the glamorous heiress Sue Dibny. Ralph has mellowed down over the past two years since his introduction, and they just got around to introducing Sue last season.

We were about to actually get the REAL Elongated Man, and then this happened. I wish I could say there’s a possibility the producers will recast the role, but…yeah. If they won’t recast somebody as indispensable as Batwoman, the chances for a fifth-tier character like Elongated Man aren’t very good.