Riverdale fans know there’s a lot of drama to get heated about this season…but Lili Reinhart wants you to remember it’s just a TV show. On the October 24th’s episode, Shannon Purser’s Ethel kisses Jughead during a game of Griffins and Gargoyles, and a number of Bughead fans freaked all the way out. Many even took their anger out on Purser in real life via Twitter, insulting her body and appearance…and Lili Reinhart is not having it.

In a since-deleted tweet, Purser responded to the hate she received for something her character did.


For her part, Reinhart has previously spoken about how some fans blur the lines between reality and the show. In 2017, she told Teen Vogue, “It’s important to remember that this is a show, and that these are parts that we play, and these are sets that we’re on.”

TV shows—especially campy teen film noir melodramas based on nostalgic comic books—should be fun. Let’s all take a collective deep breath and remember that.