“Riverdale” served up a shocking plot twist on last week’s episode when Ethel Muggs (played by guest star Shannon Purser — a.k.a. Barb on “Stranger Things”) shared a steamy kiss with Jughead (Cole Sprouse). Fans were understandably up in arms, what with Jughead currently involved with Betty (Lili Reinhart, who is dating Sprouse in real life).
Some fans, however, apparently have a difficult time distinguishing TV fantasy from actual reality, and took to social media to heap abuse upon the actress for Ethel’s role in presumably shattering the “Bughead” romance.
After being inundated with threats and insults, the star of Netflix’s “Sierra Burgess is a Loser” took to Twitter to shut down the trolls, clapping back in a series of tweets (which have since been deleted).
In one, reports PopBuzz, she shared a meme of an out-of-breath SpongeBob SquarePants, writing: “all the stans who finally feel comfortable calling me fat/ugly now that Ethel has interfered with their ship”
In a subsequent tweet, she added: “I’m not stressed about it, trust me. I just wonder what these people will think in like 10 yrs when they remember their twitter and realize they insulted and attacked real human beings for their character on a TV show…”
“Riverdale” star Lili Reinhart backed up Purser, blasting trolls by pointing out “it is embarrassing that people felt the need to attack her personally for something that happened on a SHOW. Written by WRITERS.”
She concluded: “You are not a fan of mine if you treat my friend like this.”
Interestingly enough, Reinhart addressed this exact issue in a 2017 interview with Teen Vogue.
“People are kind of blurring the lines between real people and the characters that we play, and it’s important to remember that this is a show, and that these are parts that we play, and these are sets that we’re on,” she explained. “In the moment, it feels like such a real world, and that’s so beautiful and so amazing that we’re able to create this ‘real’ world. But, when we step back, you realize that we are our own people with our own lives. We have our own relationships, and our own problems. And, you know, we’re not the characters that we play.”