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‘Riverdale’ Star Cole Sprouse Blames the Media and White Supremacy for What Happened in Vegas

Cole Sprouse, best known as Jughead on The CW’s Riverdale, has written an outstanding essay on Twitter about the recent Las Vegas shooting.

Late Sunday evening on the Las Vegas Strip, a gunman shot from the 32nd floor of a high-rise hotel at people attending a country music festival. At least 59 people have been confirmed dead and at least another 520 have been injured.

You can read the entire thread on his Twitter account. We’ve also re-printed it below, reformatted for ease of reading.

As someone raised within media culture, let me give my two cents on this gun violence, a now unfortunately characteristic part of US life: Media has a tremendous role to play in the cultivation of mass shooters. Constant coverage and in-depth “analysis” of the life of shooters. The childhood, habits, social and professional life, etc, are all covered a great deal for weeks after the event, and often internationally.

This makes media complicit in the creation of these shooters as anti-heroes, and often alone justifies the insane to take to shooting. Aside from the many other legal and institutional reasons guns need to be better controlled, news outlets need to recognize how they affect the mind of these villains hungry for attention. This video does a much better job explaining it than I can: 

We also must address that these shooters are almost exclusively coming from a single socio-economic class and racial group; and so also need to address what part of whiteness influences this kind of Petri dish for gun violence and killing. We need to broaden the conversation past simply a legal issue if we’ll ever understand it fully. My heart goes out to all affected by this.

The video Sprouse embeds is worth watching. It’s a clip from Charlie Brooker’s Newswipe, a satirical program about media literacy. Brooker is best known as the creator of Black Mirror. His Wipe series (including Screenwipe, Newswipe, Gameswipe and Weekly Wipe) are all outstanding looks at how media works.

Cole Sprouse wasn’t the only Riverdale star to weigh in, either. Lili Reinhart, who plays Sprouse’s on-screen girlfriend Betty Cooper, also tweeted:

Riverdale Season 2 returns to The CW on Oct. 11.