Editor’s Note: After this article was published, it was announced that On My Block was renewed for a Season 2. Also after publishing, Ronni Hawk appears to have deleted a tweet that we embedded from her account.
Netflix’s new coming-of-age series, On My Block, has received nearly universal acclaim from critics upon its release, including from us here at Shadow and Act.
However, the fans of the series are taking the show to task and calling for a role portrayed by Ronni Hawk to be recast.
Alleged tweets have surfaced on social media showing the actress’s support of Donald Trump. Hawk’s character, Olivia, is of Mexican descent.
— vanessa (@BaconTribe) March 20, 2018
While there is only the screenshot and no explicit evidence of the tweet in which she mentions Trump, Hawk’s tweet with the American flag and heart emojis that she posted shortly after Trump’s win still exists.
— Ronni Hawk (@ronnihawk) November 9, 2016
This has spurred a flurry of outcry, primarily because of the show’s themes of diversity and hardship that do not align with Trump.
ronni hawk is a trump supporter who is playing the role of a mexican girl who’s parents were deported. STOP TRYING TO DEFEND HER IM TIRED OF YALL pic.twitter.com/9C969DFiVz
— ً (@bitonystark) April 6, 2018
me finding out ronni hawk aka olivia from on my block is a trump supporter but plays a latinx who’s parents get mf deported pic.twitter.com/KCLiMg8tws
— emma (@citybluez) April 4, 2018
@OnMyBlockTv pull a mf Cosby show and recast Olivia. I honestly thought I was the only one who was cringing when she spoke Spanish but per usual, my twitter family validated me—but anyways recast her tysm. pic.twitter.com/7AGmkrTQkE
— non gmo usda approved nigga (@yngtylxx) April 12, 2018
so she playing a latina yet her family out here making fun/portraying hispanics and latinos like this? uh… pic.twitter.com/bV4ORnfLGk
— haneen (@dazedcesar) April 1, 2018
But does it take away from the show’s greatness? No. Let’s focus on how the actress playing Olivia is a tr*mp supporter. Recast her.
— when the (m)oon was ours (@moIIypeskinsuso) April 1, 2018
On my block needs to recast ronni hawk’s character lol we want her gone!
— jae (@realksoo) April 12, 2018
renew & recast on my block plz (but only ronni hawk bc trump supporters have no room in a show trying to tackle discrimination issues) :’) #onmyblock
— erika (@erikaisabellla) April 11, 2018
The actress has not responded to the controversy.
Although the alleged tweets have been deleted, there are replies to what seem to be the Trump tweets dating back to 2016.
really Ronni you VOTED for loser Trump who wants every Latinos to go back to Mexico really????????????
— Corey Wilson (@jimk1858wilson) November 9, 2016
really you are voted for that guy ????
— Fatima Hamoudi (@FatimaHammoudi1) November 9, 2016
Everyone deserves gods blessing. Not everyone who isn’t legal had a choice about coming here.
— Tori adores zAcH hErRoN (@ToriMarie_02) November 9, 2016
why would you vote for him? ????????????
— Nick Woodson ???????????????? (@nickwoodson21) November 9, 2016
On My Block has also not officially been renewed for Season 2.
Set in a predominantly Hispanic and African-American part of South Central Los Angeles, the show follows a fearless foursome as they enter high school and confront the challenges of adolescence and their neighborhood. The series stars Sierra Capri, Jason Genao, Brett Gray, Ronni Hawk and Jessica Maria Garcia.
We recently spoke to Capri and Gray about a number of topics including how important it was to portray the diversity of young black teens on screen.