During a recent interview
with the Los Angeles
Times, Laci Mosley
reflected on the disgusting racist
messages she received after being cast in the “iCarly
The actor told the publication in an article published Thursday that after her
casting on the Paramount+ revival was announced in the spring, racist viewers of the show began attacking her online, unleashing racial slurs.
“I look forward to the day when being Black and getting a job in Hollywood
is no longer a political statement,” Mosley said. “We are talented. We work
very hard, often much harder, to get where we are, and we do not deserve to be punished for that.”
Mosley claimed that racist "iCarly" viewers complained that the actor who plays Harper in the revival replaced Jennette McCurdy's character as Carly's best friend, Sam Puckett.
McCurdy, who is white, played Sam in the original Nickelodeon
show, which also starred Miranda Cosgrove as Carly Shay. McCurdy announced in March that she had retired from acting a few years ago.
“She’s not Sam’s replacement; she’s a completely different person. She’s queer, she’s Black — and not in a stereotypical way,” Mosley told the Times.
Mosley addressed the vitriol in a May Instagram
“I was shocked when a celebration of all of the hard work we’ve put into making this reboot was overshadowed by the most racism I’ve ever experienced in my life over the course of 72 hours,” she wrote in part in the post’s caption.
Laci Mosley (@divalaci) shared this post on Instagram.
Mosley told the New York Times
that she has received support from the teams at Paramount + and “iCarly,” particularly Franchesca Ramsey, a writer/producer on the revival.
However, the actor stated that, while she has received support, many Black people
in Hollywood and elsewhere face racist attacks with no recourse.
deserve protection. We deserve care. We deserve not to be mules for every single cause — and then when we need help and support, it’s nowhere to be found,” she said. “Breonna Taylor
deserves to be alive, and her killers definitely deserve to be in jail
. We’ve seen so many times Black women’s work is monetized, stolen from us, you know, and we’re abused.
On Thursday, Mosley tweeted about her experience again, writing that she hopes to “shift the narrative
” away from herself and toward how systemic racism
affects communities as a whole.
“I really appreciate all of the love and support [and] I hope I have shifted the narrative away from me and back to the system that has failed me and people of color,” she wrote, adding, “Hollywood, I hope this is an example of how it can be better.”
These are my final thoughts on the @latimes piece. I really appreciate all of your love and support, and I hope I have shifted the narrative away from me and back to the system that has failed me and people of color. Hollywood, I hope this is an example of how it can be better. pic.twitter.com/Q2D5zyAb0J — SCAM GODDESS (@DivaLaci) July 9, 2021