Hartley Sawyer, The Guy You Forgot Was On ‘Flash’ Got Fired From ‘Flash’ For Decade-Old Tweets

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Kids, you need to be regularly deleting your tweets and other social media posts. When you log into Facebook and it shows you what you were doing a decade ago, it should be showing you nothing because you deleted all those posts nine years ago.

Case in point, Flash actor Hartley Sawyer, who plays Ralph Dibny, the Elongated Man, was fired after some dumb tweets he made in 2012, as reported by ScreenRant.

Among those are one from 2012 that stated, “The only thing keeping me from doing mildly racist tweets is the knowledge that Al Sharpton would never stop complaining about me,” and others from 2012-2014 that state, “Enjoyed a secret boob viewing at an audition today,” “If I had a wife I would beat the hell out of her tonight lol,” and “Date rape myself so I don’t have to masturbate.”

Okay, first of all, I’m not sure that first one is actually racist. “Welp, about to go do a racism on Twitter dot com,” is not a racist statement. But Sawyer’s jokes were pretty tasteless. Still, they were jokes he made a decade ago.

On the other hand, as someone who watches Flash every week and has for the past six years… I could not care less about Hartley Sawyer leaving the show. Ralph Dibny was a great character for about half a season until his story was basically wrapped up and then he should have left the show. Seriously, Legends of Tomorrow fired Brandon Routh and Courtney Ford because they didn’t know what to do with their characters but Flash kept the fucking Elongated Man around for three entire seasons? Oh yeah, he’s a big help when Eobard Thawne returns to menace the team, he’ll stretch at him. Elongated Man was such a bad character in the comics that he was overshadowed by two other DC heroes with his exact same powers, one of whom was Jimmy Olsen.

What was I doing on Twitter in 2012? Turns out it was nothing, I didn’t make a single tweet before 2019. Soon to be before next Thursday. I certainly didn’t accidentally start that rumor that Glenn Beck raped and murdered someone like two months before that post and anyone who sees my Twitter account will be able to confirm that.

Maybe you’re thinking “Well, I don’t say anything problematic on social media so I don’t need to delete my posts.” Yeah, that’s great, but what if society suddenly decides eating meat is evil and cancels everyone who does it? I mean, not that specifically because vegans are terrible, but that picture of that veal piccata on your Instagram is going to get you fired from Olive Garden when some washed-up teenager who used to be on a Disney show tweets it out in 15 years. Delete your tweets.

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