Ronni Hawk tweeted support for Trump and against gun control. Fans wanted her character written out of On My Block, a show about low-income people of color living in a neighborhood plagued by gun violence.
Earlier this month, fans of Netflix’s On My Block uncovered what appeared to be old tweets from Ronni Hawk, an actor on the show, in support of Donald Trump and against gun control.
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Another tweet, which was captured by BuzzFeed News prior to its deletion, showed two American flag emojis and a heart emoji. It was sent early in the morning on Nov. 9, 2016, after Donald Trump was officially elected president.
Neither Hawk nor her representatives responded to questions for the original story on whether the tweets reflected her political beliefs.
In February, after the Parkland massacre, Hawk also tweeted against protesters demanding that the government enact gun reform.
She also expressly advocated for guns after Parkland.
Many fans of the show, which explores life for young people of color in a low-income neighborhood affected by gun violence, called for Hawk to be fired from the show’s upcoming second season or for her character, Olivia, to be killed off.
“To be honest I’m nervous to speak up knowing whatever I write at this point won’t make everyone happy,” she said. “The truth is I was 16 years old when I put that post out there and at 18, I now know that I am not informed enough on several different subjects to be posting blindly.”
Hawk said she had “learned so much” from working on On My Block about “injustices that take place in this world.”
“So to my fans,” she wrote, “I am deeply sorry if I offended any of you. I promise that in the future I will not make any statements without being fully informed.”
BuzzFeed News reached out to representatives for Hawk for further comment.
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The day after Hawk’s apology, rapper Kanye West tweeted his love for Trump and a picture of him wearing a MAGA hat, sparking his own backlash among some fans.
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