Candice Patton Wished to Go away “The Flash” in Season 2

Candice Patton is opening up about her early days enjoying Iris West on “The Flash.” In a current episode of “The Open Up Podcast,” The CW star revealed she wished to depart the collection as early as season two as a result of racist abuse she obtained from followers of the present on-line. Patton went on to share that she did not obtain assist from the community on the time, which made the scenario all of the extra isolating.

“Now folks perceive how followers will be racist, particularly in style [film and tv], however on the time it was form of similar to, ‘That is how followers are, no matter,'” Patton stated. “Even with the businesses I used to be working with, The CW and WB, that was their manner of dealing with it. We all know higher now. It isn’t OK to deal with your expertise that manner, to allow them to undergo abuse and harassment. For me in 2014, there have been no assist programs. Nobody was searching for that. It was free vary to get abused each single day. There have been no social media protocols in place to guard me, so they simply let all that stuff sit there.”

As a result of racism she confronted on-line and the shortage of assist, Patton contemplated exiting the present in season two because of being “severely sad.” The actor defined, “I bear in mind being like, ‘I am unable to do that. I am not going to make it by. I do not need to be right here.”

In the end, what stored her going was figuring out how a lot the character of Iris meant to so many Black girls who had been seeing themselves represented on a superhero present. Along with her contractual obligation, Patton felt a “big accountability” in portraying Iris. “It was such an iconic casting, such an iconic position, and I knew how a lot this meant to so many individuals that I felt a accountability to remain in an area and a spot that was in all probability very poisonous for my psychological well being,” she stated.

Now that she’s been on the present for eight seasons and counting, Patton says that her scenario has improved, however she needs studios to grasp that Black actors want safety, particularly on units the place there’s restricted illustration. “If I get pulled over at 2 a.m. in Jackson, Mississippi, by a white cop, do you assume he offers a sh*t that I am Candice Patton from ‘The Flash’?” she defined. “It would not matter. We nonetheless want safety as a result of the world sees us in a sure manner. After I step on a set and everybody working round me is white, I am not protected and I’ll by no means be protected. And that is to not say everybody has unhealthy intentions, however they’ve blind spots. That may contribute to my hurt. It has been a studying expertise for firms and productions.”

Patton is returning to “The Flash” for season 9 on The CW this fall. She is certainly one of solely three remaining unique forged members together with Grant Gustin and Danielle Panabaker.

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