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Stars Who Received Death Threats for Their TV Character

By Mary Grace Garis

Ah, social media. The one place where cute puppy videos and death threats can co-exist in several jarring platforms. While it’s a good time to be a stan of a TV show, people take that stanning to true stalker-y proportions. And there’s definitely something wrong with those who can’t discern fact and fiction and target some poor actor for ruining their fandom. Below, some of the craziest cases of death threats on a celebrity.

Vanessa Morgan

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Oh my God, you’ve no doubt heard that last year even the thought of someone dividing Bughead (Riverdale's Betty and Jughead, duh) drove psychotic stans to terrorize Vanessa Morgan. Thing is, her character Toni Topaz hadn’t even arrived on the show when it started

"I’ve already had some death threats," she told Glamour at the time. "But the thing is, it's half death threats because they don't want that [actually] happening, and there's half that's just all love. Who knows if [my character coming between Bughead] is even going to happen. People are just jumping to conclusions."

Things got intense enough that Earth angel Lili Reinhart aka Betty Cooper had to speak up. 

"Bughead shippers are amazing… But the fact that Vanessa is getting death threats because of her character possibly causing problems for Bughead, is seriously @#$%ed up,” she wrote on her Tumblr page. “If you see this happening, please stop it or report it. This is a fictional couple, for god’s sake. This does not constitute sending death threats to my friend and fellow cast mate. I also understand that the people who are doing this represent a very small percentage of the fandom and it does not reflect the actions of most Bughead shippers."