Charles Melton Apologises For "Offensive And Inappropriate" Tweets From 6 Years Ago
20 June 2018, 12:10 | Updated: 20 June 2018, 15:09
The unearthed tweets went viral over the weekend and 27-year-old Melton has issued an apology.
Riverdale's Charles Melton has apologised after unearthed tweets from 6 years ago revealed "inconsiderate" fat shaming comments.
The 27-year-old actor told E! News in a statement:
"I'm truly sorry for making inconsiderate comments several years ago and apologize to anyone I hurt. What I posted and said was immature, offensive and inappropriate. I am ashamed of how I acted and there is no excuse for that behavior."
"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."
Earlier in the week, the actor, who plays Reggie on the CW's Riverdale, went viral when some of his alleged old tweets revealed not-so-nice statements about "fat chicks" and "fat kids".
These fat shaming tweets from Charles Melton make me sick pic.twitter.com/nxabu4Xv38— Choni memes (@choniweed) June 17, 2018
One such alleged tweet being circulated reads "fat chicks need to understand that wearing yoga pants is a privilege not a right". Another alleged tweet making the rounds says "headed to the gym. Word of wisdom for the day...if your (sic) fat...don't look in the mirror."
6 years is a long time and Charles has likely grown from these views, however, many fans are still disappointed over the alleged sentiments expressed in the tweets.
One twitter user wrote "fat-shaming is fat-shaming and Charles Melton may have apologized, but he was 20/21 when he tweeted those tweets, surely anyone would be mature enough at 21 to know that the things he said were just plain cruel."
Some people have come to his defense, though. "Charles Melton posted those tweets 6 YEARS AGO. He’s changed. Stop hating on him for the mistakes he made 6 years ago," tweeted one fan.
Charles has since made his Twitter account private.
Meanwhile, his Riverdale co-stars have been vocal about their opposition to body shaming of any kind. Lili Reinhart revealed the hurt she felt when she was rumoured to be pregnant because of an unflattering photograph. The CW star wrote, "my body is something I will NEVER apologize for."