Laci Mosley is opening up about the racist trolling she’s endured since she was introduced as the newest character to the iCarly revival.
Mosley, who is playing Harper — the roommate and best friend of Miranda Cosgrove‘s Carly, shared a handful of the hateful messages spamming her social media accounts.
“I’ve been deleting and blocking people but I can’t be bothered anymore,” the 29-year-old expressed via Instagram stories over the weekend. “Stay mad. I felt silly being upset by racism cause it’s just how this terrible planet is but sometimes it still catches me off guard.”
Mosely then took to Twitter on Monday to address racist abuse circulating on TikTok, of which she says her little sister discovered, saying what she read on the app “broke my heart.”
After bringing the racist attacks to light, Mosely’s costars released a joint statement with Paramount+ condemning the abuse, declaring, “iCarly are proud to be racially diverse, not only in our crew but in our cast. We have recently seen reports of racism towards a member of our iCarly cast, and it is not acceptable!”
“Please think about your words and take time to understand what you say can impact other people. Thank you,” the statement concluded.
The racist trolling was initially sparked by a rumor that Mosely was replacing Jeanette McCurdy‘s character, Sam, in the revival. McCurdy has retired from acting and confirmed she will not be part of the iCarly revival.
Franchesca Ramsey, who is writing the iCarly revival, reacted to those rumors and said on Twitter, “Laci’s character Harper isn’t replacing Sam. No one could replace Jeanette McCurdy or her incredible talent! But it’s both racist as hell & completely unfair to decide that Laci hasn’t earned her role especially since the show isn’t even out yet!!”
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