The Flash & Riverdale Stars Reflect on the Racist Backlash to Their Casting

The Flash actress Candice Patton and Riverdale's Ashleigh Murray both faced racist backlash when they were cast as traditionally white characters, and the two reflected on their experiences during a panel at POPSUGAR's Play/Ground festival. Patton plays Iris West, the love of Barry Allen's life, while Murray plays the lead singer of Riverdale's homegrown pop stars Josie and the Pussycats.

Comic book fans are sticklers for accuracy when it comes to adaptations of their favorite comic book characters, but given that the vast majority of established comic book characters are white, networks sometimes choose to cast people of color in traditionally white roles in order to make their shows better reflect a diverse viewing audience. Unfortunately ...

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