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Bernadette Beck Opens Up About How 'Riverdale' Fails Black Characters & Actors

Bernadette Beck Opens Up About How 'Riverdale' Fails Black Characters & Actors

Bernadette Beck is the latest actress to speak out about Riverdale amidst the Black Lives Matter movement.

The 26-year-old actress has been playing the character Peaches ‘N Cream on the hit CW series throughout seasons three and four.

Bernadette opened up in a new interview with Elle about how the series is failing Black characters.

“I was made out to be a very unlikable character and therefore, an unlikable person in people’s eyes,” she said. “I get it, there’s always a protagonist and antagonist, but I never had much of a story plot or enough character development to even be considered an antagonist… I was, for no reason, depicted in a very negative, unattractive light. And I’m not the first Black actress to show up on set, stand there, chew gum, and look sassy and mean. I feel like I was just there to fulfill a diversity quota. It’s just to fulfill points.”

She also shared that she was been quite literally forgotten about on set.

“I was completely forgotten in the scene more than once,” Bernadette says. “The director [would] be walking off set and I’d have to chase them down because I had no idea where to stand, what to do—I just hadn’t been given any instruction. You can’t treat people like they’re invisible and then pat yourself on the back for meeting your diversity quota for the day.”

“I didn’t understand when I first got on that show that it meant something for your character to be likable,” she continued. “Some people say it’s just a TV show, but I’m thinking about the implications long-term. If we are depicted as unlikable or our characters are not developed or we’re looked at as the enemy all the time, that affects our public persona. What kind of opportunities are we losing out on even after Riverdale? Our white co-stars are getting all this screen time and character development. They’re building up their following, generating more fans, selling out at conventions, and fans have more of an emotional connection with them. But if we don’t necessarily get that, and we’re looked at with disdain, what does that do to us and how does that stain our reputation moving forward?”

“When you’re in it, you’re going through the motions and you’re like, ‘Oh great, I finally get to be utilized!’” she said. “But when I saw it all put together, it made my character seem like she was down for anything.”

In case you missed it, Vanessa Morgan has also previously spoken about Riverdale, and the show’s creator/showrunner has vowed to make some changes.

Find out what another Black actress shared about how the show treated Black characters

Camila Mendes Would Want to Relive This Day on 'Riverdale'

Camila Mendes Would Want to Relive This Day on 'Riverdale'

Camila Mendes is dishing on her favorite times on the Riverdale set.

In a recent interview promoting her new movie Palm Springs, the 26-year-old actress shared what day she would relive on her show.

“I think I’d want to relive one of the numbers from our most recent ‘Heathers’ musical episode,” she told TooFab.

“It’s a lot of people, everyone’s in high spirits and having fun, and we’re all like dancing,” Camila added. “And there’s some of the guys who are not coordinated … at all. It’s just, like everyone just laughs. It’s like the funnest day. It was the funnest day and I wish I could relive that.”

If you missed it, see what Riverdale scene Camila said was “a really tough thing to read.”

KJ Apa & 'Riverdale' Co-Stars Gather for Friday Night Dinner in L.A.

KJ Apa & 'Riverdale' Co-Stars Gather for Friday Night Dinner in L.A.

It’s been a while since the Riverdale set has been active, but the cast has been sticking close while waiting to resume filming!

Cole Sprouse, KJ Apa, and Madelaine Petsch were spotted out for dinner with a group of friends on Friday night (June 19) at an outdoor restaurant in Silver Lake, Calif.

PHOTOS: Check out the latest pics of KJ Apa

Last weekend, Cole was spotted at dinner with Madelaine and some other celeb friends as well.

Earlier this week, KJ spoke out after he was criticized for not posting about the Blake Lives Matter movement. He expressed that he does support the movement, but doesn’t feel he needs to post about his opinions and beliefs on social media.

10+ pictures inside of the Riverdale cast meeting up for dinner in Los Angeles… More Here! »

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'Riverdale' Showrunner Wants To Bring Back The Pussycats

'Riverdale' Showrunner Wants To Bring Back The Pussycats

The Pussycats might be coming back to Riverdale!

During a live chat with Asha Bromfield, Lili Reinhart revealed that showrunner Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa expressed interest in bringing the girls – played by Asha, Hayley Law, and Ashleigh Murray – back to the show.

“I talked to Roberto the other day and he said that he felt like he wanted to bring the Pussycats back to the show to do right by their characters. I think people are learning and growing and we have to give them a chance to make the adjustments. We can say, ‘This isn’t working,’ or, ‘This is wrong. This needs to be fixed,’” Lili said, via J-14. “Now it’s like, OK, let’s give people a chance to learn and make those changes. Roberto wants Riverdale to be spearheading a movement, a TV show that takes what’s happening in the world and does something about it. I’m really proud of him.”

During the chat, Asha also shared that black people are much more than just side characters.

“I’m so much more, and Black people are so much more, than support systems,” she said. “It becomes toxic messaging when we are perpetuating this idea that there’s any less validity to my own life than yours, that my sole purpose in this world is to support someone who looks like you. It’s so much bigger than Riverdale. It’s a bigger conversation about how we are humanizing Black people on screen in all capacities.”

Marisol Nichols Announces She Will Be Back For 'Riverdale' Season 5

Marisol Nichols Announces She Will Be Back For 'Riverdale' Season 5

Marisol Nichols just made a big announcement!

The actress will in fact be back for Riverdale‘s upcoming fifth season.

“I had a very long talk with Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, our creator and showrunner of Riverdale, and I’m really proud to announce that Hermoine will not only be back for season five, but she will be back stronger and better than ever,” Marisol told Access.

“I’m really excited telling her story and that side of her,” she continued. “It also allows me to pursue other ventures.”

In case you forgot, Marisol announced earlier this year that she was leaving the show after the fourth season, along with Skeet Ulrich.

It was also revealed that the first part of Riverdale season five would be continuing where season four left off due to production being shut down because of the pandemic.

'Riverdale' Creator Vows to Do Better to Honor Vanessa Morgan Moving Forward

'Riverdale' Creator Vows to Do Better to Honor Vanessa Morgan Moving Forward

The creator of Riverdale, Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, is speaking out in response to Vanessa Morgan after she publicly discussed the show’s lack of representation.

In posts on social media, Vanessa vowed to not take any more roles that don’t properly represent black people.

Roberto now vows to make change happen on Riverdale.

“We hear Vanessa. We love Vanessa. She’s right. We’re sorry and we make the same promise to you that we did to her. We will do better to honor her and the character she plays. As well as all of our actors and characters of color,” Roberto wrote in a post on Instagram. “Change is happening and will continue to happen. Riverdale will get bigger, not smaller. Riverdale will be part of the movement, not outside it.”

Roberto added, “All of the Riverdale writers made a donation to @BLMLA, but we know where the work must happen for us. In the writers’ room.”

Vanessa joined Riverdale in season two and she became a main star in season three.

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Vanessa Morgan Vows To Not Take Any More Roles That Don't Properly Represent Black People

Vanessa Morgan Vows To Not Take Any More Roles That Don't Properly Represent Black People

Vanessa Morgan is continuing to speak out about being black in Hollywood.

In a series of tweets on Tuesday (June 2) and Wednesday (June 3), the Riverdale actress made vows to only take on certain roles, and only wear black designers on red carpets.

“My role on Riverdale has nothing to do with my fellow castmates/friends. They don’t write the show. So no need to attack them, they don’t call the shots & I know they have my back. ❤️,” Vanessa wrote on Tuesday.

“finally feel like I can speak up for myself and my fellow brothers and sisters & be heard. Usually everyone is fake listening. I really hope a change is comin,” she added in reply to someone.

“To my black fans, I have now made it my purpose to fight for us. To the six year old me who had no role model that looked like me on TV. This is for you. We aren’t your token black non dimensional characters. This is being black in Hollywood. I will fight for YOU,” Vanessa said on Wednesday morning, adding, “And I will no longer take roles that don’t properly represent us. PERIOD.”

Vanessa also shared that she will only wear black designers to events and red carpets, and opened the door for aspiring designers.

“From now on any red carpet or event I will be wearing and supporting Black designers. Any aspiring Black designers hit me up. I got you. I see you,” she tweeted.

These tweets come during the Black Lives Matter movement happening now, and after Vanessa clapped back at someone for calling her former co-star Ashleigh Murray a diva.