Since the flash debuted in 2014, Candice Patton played the female lead in the series. It hasn’t always been easy for her, however, according to recent comments she made on The Open Up Podcast.
The actress, who plays journalist Iris West-Allen, explained that my fans’ racist remarks towards her were ignored by The CW and Warner Bros. in his debut in the Arrowverse series.
“In 2014, there were no support systems,” she said, “no one cared about it. It was just out there to be abused every day.
Patton says being one of the first black actresses in the DC TV Universe was no easy task.
“It’s a dangerous place to be when you’re one of the first, and you’re facing a backlash and there’s no help,” she continued. “Now people understand a little bit better and they understand how racist, gender-specific, and misogynistic fans can be. But back then it was kind of like, ‘Yeah, that’s how it is. what are the fans, but whatever.”
She added that she didn’t always feel like she had a lot of support when it came to this issue.
“With the companies I worked with like CW and Warner Brothers, it [‘whatever’] was their way of handling it. I think we know better now that it’s not okay to treat your talent this way and let them go through this abuse and harassment.
It was getting tiring for her to continue dealing with racism from fans without, she felt, being the proper support.
“I wanted to leave the show from the second season. I remember saying, ‘I can’t do this, I’m not going to make it, I’m very unhappy.'”
She also says she feels she was treated differently from white actors.
“It was more about the protocols in place and the things that I see happening to my white counterpart that don’t happen to me,” Patton said. “To see how I was treated differently from others. Seen how I am unprotected by the network and the studio. These are things that didn’t necessarily hurt me but frustrated me.
Warner Bros. TV and The CW have yet to respond to those comments.
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