Charles Melton, star of the CW show Riverdale, has offered public apologies for sexist and fat-shaming tweets he sent in 2011 and 2012, after the tweets popped up in recent weeks.
Melton's Twitter account is private, however, that didn't stop Twitter users from screengrabbing the offensive messages, which targeted women and plus-size people.
this y’alls man? 🤷🏼♀️ https://t.co/YXWEJ3gnmy— emily (@emily) 1529254888.0
"I'm truly sorry for making inconsiderate comments several years ago and apologize to anyone I hurt," Melton said in a statement, following backlash from fans. "What I posted and said was immature, offensive and inappropriate."
@lovepetsch disappointed but not surprised 😔— elizabeth (@elizabeth) 1529260526.0
"I am ashamed of how I acted and there is no excuse for that behavior," Melton added. "I'm striving to do better and will use this experience to grow, helping others to understand how these types of statements are completely unacceptable."
Here are the fat-shaming tweets:
"Fat chicks need to understand that wearing yoga pants is a privilege, not a right."
"Big boobs don't count if your fat."
"Headed to the gym. Word of wisdom for the day... if your fat, don't look in the mirror."
Melton used the wrong 'your' in both tweets.
@lovepetsch he used the wrong your so many times oml— Ana (@Ana) 1529285460.0
"Don't tease fat kids, they already have enough on their plates."
And the sexist tweets:
"Off to the gym! Hopefully he girl who works out in the skirt is there..bc the motivation to workout is lacking.." Yes, he misspelled 'the.'
Following up with the girl in the skirt, Melton wrote: "lucky for me, the girl in the skirt showed up to the gym. Motivation was fueled."
"Man tired of all these girls talking about how skinny the VS models are. #getyourchunkyassonthetreadmillthen"
@lovepetsch woah he made a lot of disgusting tweets in 2011/2012— ✦✩ 𝔡𝔦𝔫𝔞🏳️🌈𝕨𝕠𝕣𝕜 ✩✦ (@✦✩ 𝔡𝔦𝔫𝔞🏳️🌈𝕨𝕠𝕣𝕜 ✩✦) 1529273906.0
Despite the Twitter ire, some fans have Melton's back, tweeting that the tweets were sent a long time ago, and the actor has had plenty of time to mature.
@lovepetsch 2012 girl...— Neviv (@Neviv) 1529337571.0
@lovepetsch imagine crying over what people said in 2011-2012— Emily (@Emily) 1529457934.0
"Let's let it go."
@lovepetsch @lilicamifan Let’s let it go.— Dezza🥂 (@Dezza🥂) 1529383805.0
@lovepetsch These tweets are old. He's grown up since then. Let it go.— Katelyn Moody (@Katelyn Moody) 1529358979.0
@lovepetsch @chonixtoplatd I think he changed yall give him a chance— Choni (@Choni) 1529303797.0
Everyone deserves a second chance, especially if the apology is sincere. But why do people treat Twitter like its a personal diary?
The internet is public and forever, y'all.