Shadowhunters' Dom Sherwood Caught On Livestream Saying 'Disgusting' Homophobic Slur
29 November 2017, 13:24
Both Dom and co-star Matthew Daddario have apologised.
Shadowhunters' Dominic Sherwood has had to apologise after being caught saying a homophobic slur on live-stream with co-star Matthew Daddario.
Matthew was in the middle of a live-stream on Facebook with almost 5k of his fans watching. Ten seconds into the video, Dom enters the trailer and starts speaking off screen. After Matthew says "Sup?", Dom then replies saying "Sup, f*g?!"
Matthew (who plays a gay character on the show) immediately reacts and asks Dom to stop talking as he tries to turn off the camera and then warns him that he was live on Facebook. Dom then asks "why", wondering if it's his "clothes" that are the problem - not the fact that he just used a homophobic slur.
Watch the moment below:
Dom later apologised for using the word in a three-part Instagram video, with Matthew standing next to him. The video was also shared to the Shadowhunters official Twitter account.
In the apology, Dom take full responsibility for his actions: "I'm speaking to all of you today to holding myself accountable and not to make any excuses in any way. The way I behaved today was disgusting and horrible and Matt's reaction was absolutely correct - it was one of disgust.
"I think so many problematic phrases go unchallenged and they perpetrate negativity and hate and intolerance and today I was a part of that and I am truly truly sorry."
In the last clip, Matthew takes time to assure the Shadowhunters fandom that the cast and crew do not condone this type of behaviour and thanks them for spreading love and kindness.
"I just wanna say one thing, especially to the young people who watch the show, who rely on this show, I want you to know that we support you tremendously," he said. "It is a conversation we have everyday, it is something we work for everyday and I wanted to make it very clear to everybody that this cast, that this show, this crew, we stand for love and kindness. And we know that the fandom does as well."
While some are rightfully calling Dom out for using the word so flippantly and without consequence or caution, others are defending him, saying that he used the word in a "non-hateful way to his good friend" and that he didn't need to apologise. That's wrong. The word carries incredibly disgusting connotations and is a homophobic slur, no matter whose mouth it comes out of.
As Dom said in his apology, using the word in casual conversation reinforces intolerance and normalises the use of a word that is offensive to an entire community. He was right to apologise and right to be held accountable.