As much as we’d all love for Riverdale to be real, we’re sorry to say that it’s not. The milkshakes are likely just props (or even worse, low-calorie substitutes) and KJ Apa‘s abs aren’t perpetually oiled. Y’all do realize this, though… right? Because as it turns outs, there seems to be a serious disconnect on the internet right now. Fortunately, Lili Reinhart, who plays Betty Cooper on the show, is taking a stand.
Following the most recent episode of the series, Shannon Purser, who plays Ethel Muggs, received a disturbing amount of cyber backlash after her character (emphasis on this word) kissed Jughead Jones, played by Cole Sprouse. Now, of course, as we all know by now — Cole and Lili are dating IRL, but that’s hardly reason enough to attack an innocent actress for doing her J-O-B.
According to PopBuzz, diehard Jughead shippers called Shannon “fat” and “ugly.” Beyond that, the outlet also reported that the Sierra Burgess Is a Loser star clapped back in a since-deleted series of tweets. “All the stans who finally feel comfortable calling me fat/ugly now that Ethel has interfered with their ship,” she wrote alongside a popular Spongebob meme.
“I’m not stressed about it, trust me. I just wonder what these people will think in like 10 [years] when they remember their Twitter and realize they insulted and attacked real human beings for their character on a TV show,” the 21-year-old added.
Adding to that. Shannon is my friend, and it is embarrassing that people felt the need to attack her personally for something that happened on a SHOW. Written by WRITERS. You are not a fan of mine if you treat my friend like this. https://t.co/Yu7aEIGHyk
— Lili Reinhart (@lilireinhart) October 30, 2018
“Adding to that,” the 22-year-old began. “Shannon is my friend, and it is embarrassing that people felt the need to attack her personally for something that happened on a SHOW. Written by WRITERS. You are not a fan of mine if you treat my friend like this,” she expressed matter-of-factly.
In conclusion: Riverdale is fake. Thanks for coming to our TED talk.