'I am very, very sorry': Shadowhunters actor Dominic Sherwood apologizes for use of gay slur
Dominic Sherwood, the actor ex of Modern Family star Sarah Hyland, has apologized on Tuesday for having said 'f*g' earlier in the day.?
His Shadowhunters co-star Matthew Daddario had been filming himself for a since-deleted Facebook Live session when Dominic, 27, entered the room and could be heard off-screen cheerily greeting his castmate: 'What's up, f*g?'
Later on Tuesday, Dominic posted an Instagram video apology in which he called his use of the word 'disgusting' and said that 'I am very, very sorry.'
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Contrition: Dominic Sherwood (left) has posted an Instagram video apologizing for his having used the word 'f*g'; next to him was his Shadowhunters co-star Matthew Daddario
During the Facebook Live, after Dominic said: 'What's up, f*g?', Matthew, 30, told him to 'Stop! Stop!,' informing him that they were: 'Live.'
This information prompted a loud: 'What?' from Dominic, who theorized: 'Oh, I can't come in 'cause of my clothes?'
Eventually, Matthew - who plays a gay character on Shadowhunters - said: 'Hold on, one second,' and stepped away from the camera.
Background: Matthew had been filming himself for a Facebook Live when Dominic entered the room and could be heard saying the word off-screen; they are pictured in the apology video
Some on Twitter were furious with him, with one user writing: 'to think that an actor who works on a show with SUCH important LGBT representation would even think to much less actually use such a horrible slur in casual conversation is absolutely revolting @ShadowhuntersTV @DomSherwood1 please address this'.
Another tweeted: 'Imagine calling someone a f** while they're on set playing a gay character... That's not even just lightheartedly using it cus he's a clueless cishet dudebro that's actually an attack on queerness. F*** you Dom Sherwood.'
A few Twitter users responded to his perceived unkindness by demanding he be booted from his job, writing tweets that included the hashtag: '#RecastJace' - Jace being Dominic's Shadowhunters character.
'Very, very sorry': After Dominic gave his apology, calling his use of the word 'disgusting,' Matthew gave a speech of his own, during which Dominic looked close to tears
One tweeted: 'don't y'all dare come and say "it was an accident" the way he so casually said it shows that he probably says things like that all the time so kindly shut the f*** up thank you #RecastJace'.
Others defended the actor, including one Twitter user who wrote: 'I'm so tired of this fandom always hating on @DomSherwood1 ,yeah he says a bad word but you never call like these with your friends, you are an angel? Bc idts #domsherwood #shadowhunters'.
Another Twitter user reasoned: 'Do you guys really think that Dom would be on a show that openly promotes gay relationships if he was homophobic? Yeah, he wouldn't. There are so many videos on the internet on Dom discussing #Malec and does he appear homophobic there? No. That's because he's not. #domsherwood'.
'...absolutely revolting...': Some Twitter users were furious and expressed their feelings on the social media platform
'...attack on queerness': One wrote: 'Imagine calling someone a f** while they're on set playing a gay character,' referring to the role Matthew plays in Shadowhunters
'Malec' refers to the romantic relationship between Matthew's Shadowhunters character Alec and Harry Shum Jr.'s character Magnus.
In Dominic's video apology, he was seen standing beside Matthew.
'I’m speaking to all of you today to hold myself accountable, and not to make any excuses in any way. The way I behaved today was disgusting and abhorrible, and Matt’s reaction was absolutely correct It was one of disgust,' said Dominic.
Backlash: A few Twitter users responded to his perceived unkindness by demanding he lose his job, writing tweets that included the hashtag: '#RecastJace'
'I think so many problematic phrases go unchallenged and they perpetrate negativity and hate and intolerance. And today I was a part of that and I am truly, truly sorry.?
'Moving forward, I will endeavor, with every ounce of me, to make sure that the words I use create love and happiness and tolerance and never create hate or intolerance or unhappiness or sadness for anyone. Because that’s never my intention. That’s never anything that I’ve ever wanted to do.?
'And I will deeply consider the words I use to make sure that they encapsulate exactly what I mean, and exactly what I’m trying to say, rather than sending out a message that I in no way mean.?
'...you are an angel?': Others on Twitter defended the actor
Expounding: Another Twitter user insisted 'that Dom doesn't deserve all of this hate that he is getting'
'So, I just want to say that I’m deeply sorry to all of you, and to my castmates, and I’m sorry for disappointing my fans and the fans of the show, and all of you, and everyone here and myself. So, I’m truly, truly sorry.'
Matthew patted Dominic's back and gave a solemn: 'Thank you,' before segueing into a lengthy speech of his own, during which Dominic looked close to tears.
'?I just wanna say one thing, especially to the young people who watch this show, rely on this show. I want you to know that we support you tremendously. It is a conversation that we have everyday. It is something we work for everyday.?
'And I wanted to make it clear that everybody – to everyone – that this cast, that this show, this crew, we stand for love and kindness. And we know that the fandom does as well. And we can’t – we could not be more proud of you for what you stand for, and how you spread that love and kindness. So, thank you all.'?
Solemn: Dominic has said he is 'truly, truly sorry'
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