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Racism continues to rear its ugly head — even when it comes to family-friendly fare.
When it comes to television viewers, some don’t want to see any change and are not fans of inclusivity and diversity.
And since Laci Mosley was introduced as the newest character to the revival of “iCarly,” the 29-year-old actress has experienced heinous racial attacks on social media.
Mosley, who is playing Harper — the roommate and best friend of Miranda Cosgrove’s Carly character — is opening up about what she’s been forced to endure and shared a handful of the hateful messages spamming her social media accounts.
“I’ve been deleting and blocking people but I can’t be bothered anymore,” the Dallas native revealed. “Stay mad. I felt silly being upset by racism cause it’s just how this terrible planet is but sometimes it still catches me off guard.”
On Monday, Mosely took to Twitter to address the racist abuse circulating on TikTok, of which she says her little sister discovered, saying what she read on the app broke her heart.
Once the attacks came to light, the show’s writing staff released a joint statement, declaring: “We unequivocally denounce all racist attacks, anti-Black language and hate speech in the strongest possible terms.”
Paramount+ posted a message of solidarity on its Instagram account stating that the streaming network is “proud to uphold the values of inclusivity and collaboration”
The racist trolling was initially sparked by a rumor that the “A Black Lady Sketch Show” star replaced Jeanette McCurdy’s character, Sam, in the revival.
McCurdy, now a podcaster, has retired from acting and confirmed she will not be part of the “iCarly” revival. The 28-year-old Los Angeles native gained notoriety for playing Sam Puckett in the popular Nickelodeon teen sitcom from 2007 to 2012 and its spinoff series “Sam & Cat.”
Franchesca Ramsey, the writer of the “iCarly” reboot, reacted to those rumors and clarified that Mosely’s character Harper didn’t replace McCurdy: “No one could replace Jeanette McCurdy or her incredible talent! But it’s both racist as hell & completely unfair to decide that Laci hasn’t earned her role especially since the show isn’t even out yet!!”
The comedian, author and early YouTube viral sensation has been a target of online harassment, trolling and doxing over the past decade.
“I’m sad this has to be said but if I’m being honest...I kinda expected it,” Ramsey wrote. “And I hate that. It’s heart breaking that Black women just EXISTING results in an onslaught of racist abuse. It’s not ok. And being a bystander isn’t ok either.”
Mosley later posted her thanks to those who spoke out in her defense in a heartfelt message on Instagram.
“I love being Black. I hate how Black people are treated on this planet. I took this role on iCarly because the room is diverse,” she wrote. “I was shocked when a celebration of all the hard work we’ve put into making this reboot was overshadowed by the most racism I’ve ever experienced in my life over the course of 72 hours.”
Noting that she felt “silly” for being upset because racism isn’t new and she’s been “in this little brown body” her whole life, Mosley asserted that the hate is still hurtful.
She ended her post writing: “Black is beautiful and no amount of slurs or vitriol you dump online will change that.”
“iCarly” will premiere on Paramount+ in all its diverse glory on June 17.