8 October 2018, 14:27 | Updated: 8 October 2018, 14:39
“Stop. You have no idea who you’re even talking to…”
TV ships are serious business. On a show like Riverdale, its large and talented cast means that some couplings may get more onscreen time than others.
Riverdale show runner Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa has been teasing the third season of the hit CW show for a while now ahead of its October 10 premiere. The EP has been sharing season 3 shots and a countdown on his Twitter and Instagram accounts, hinting at big things to come for our favourite Riverdale residents.
“Q” is for Queen Veronica, making a plan to stand with her man…🔥🌪🏆👗👛🕶🦅💥⚡️🥃🏈🎭🎷🎰 pic.twitter.com/PMAL9aZCX2
— RobertoAguirreSacasa (@WriterRAS) October 7, 2018
Fans are rooting for their preferred characters and ships to get some love from RAS and some parts of the fandom are getting restless, to say the least.
Lili Reinhart stepped in to defend Aguirre-Sacasa, after one fan accused the show runner of having a bias toward the straight ships on the show.
“Just say you hate f— and go,” a fan wrote in response to a tweet about Betty and Jughead in the upcoming third season.
Some fans have expressed concern over the representation and screen time of Cheryl Blossom and Toni Topaz’s relationship, which was confirmed at the end of season 2.
Lili, who plays Betty on the show, rebuked the fan and urged them not to be a part of the “toxic, disgusting side of twitter that comes after show runners for not doing something just because fans ask for it.”
Lili also pointed out the Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa is openly gay and “married to his wonderful partner.”
Of course, fans want their preferred ships represented on the show and there is a strong argument to be made that Riverdale could have their LGBTQ+ characters more front and centre.
However, going after show runners and members of the cast in this way is not productive or kind.
This is only the latest in ‘Lili is absolutely not playing with ya’ll’ news. Lili recently set a fan straight after they made some unkind comments about her being “so 2013 tumblr”.
Riverdale returns October 10th so let’s all practice being nice to RAS and the rest of the cast before and after it reappears on our screens.