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‘The Flash’s Candice Patton says the CW did not protect her

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Candice Patton didn’t have a simple begin as Iris West on “The Flash.”

The actor stated just lately that her early days on the CW present included racist backlash on social media and recalled how she felt the community and the studio, Warner Bros. Tv, didn’t do sufficient to guard her from harassment.

“There have been no help techniques, nobody was looking for that,” Patton stated on the most recent episode of “The Open Up Podcast.” “It was simply free vary to get abused each single day as a result of it’s taking place regardless.”

Upon becoming a member of “The Flash” forged in 2014, Patton acquired racist feedback from comedian e-book followers for her portrayal of Barry Allen’s vital different, Iris West. Patton is Black; West was depicted as white within the unique comedian books. She recalled that neither the CW nor Warner Bros. had any “social media protocols in place to guard me.”

“It’s simply not sufficient to make me your lead feminine and say, ‘Have a look at us, we’re so progressive, we checked the field,’” she continued. “It’s nice, however you’ve put me within the ocean alone round sharks.”

Patton stated she seen she was being handled in another way. She stated she would she wouldn’t obtain promotions “in the identical approach they’d promote different individuals typically” and stated she needed to undergo her publicist to get the present’s official Instagram account to comply with her again.

“These have been the issues that not essentially harm me however annoyed me,” she stated.

Eight seasons later, Patton continues to be on the present. Now, she stated, “It’s extra leveled out.”

The actor stated she initially wished to depart “The Flash” as early as its second season however stayed on as a result of she felt a “big accountability as a result of my followers cherished this character.”

“I knew how a lot this meant to so many individuals that I felt a accountability to remain in an area and place that was most likely very poisonous for my psychological well being,” she stated.

Representatives for the CW and Warner Bros. Tv didn’t remark.

Patton isn’t the primary actor to come back ahead with allegations towards the CW. In October 2021, former “Batwoman” star Ruby Rose stated she skilled poisonous working circumstances whereas on the CW collection. Rose abruptly exited the show in 2020 after one season.

Rose alleged that former Warner Bros. Tv chairman Peter Roth pressured them to return to work after having surgery for 2 herniated discs following a stunt damage. Additionally they alleged that Roth threatened to recast the lead “Batwoman” position.

Warner Bros. TV dismissed Rose’s claims as “revisionist history.”

In Could, the CW made headlines after canceling a whopping seven collection from its unique programming slate, plenty of which featured various casts. “Batwoman,” “Legacies” and “Naomi” have been among the many canceled exhibits.

Spared from the massacre was “The Flash,” which can return for a ninth season.