Ruby Rose quits Twitter after fans lash out over her casting as LGBT superhero Batwoman
Ruby Rose: With the debate over her casting snowballing into a full-fledged controversy, it seems like she has now decided to delete her Twitter profile altogether.
Fan outrage and fandoms lashing out over the portrayal of their favorite superheroes and comic book characters is nothing new. It looks like the criticism might have forced yet another actress to go low-key on social media and even delete her official Twitter account.
In the light of The CW's decision to cast 'Orange is the New Black' actress Ruby Rose as Batwoman, social media had erupted into a barrage of opinions. The character will make their CW debut in the annual crossover event between four of the network’s DC shows: 'The Flash', 'Arrow', 'Legends of Tomorrow', and 'Supergirl'. While some welcomed the move with open arms, but others appeared to be wary of the choice, as they pointed out the Australian actress' acting chops, or the alleged lack thereof.
With the debate snowballing into a full-fledged controversy, it seems like Rose has now decided to delete her Twitter profile altogether. As of Sunday, the 32-year-old actress' official account was nowhere to be found.
The Bat is out of the bag and I am beyond thrilled and honored. I’m also an emotional wreck.. because this is a childhood dream. This is something I would have died to have seen on TV when I was a young member of the LGBT community who never felt represented on tv and felt alone and different. Thank you everyone. Thank you god.
The move comes shortly after Rose had addressed the criticism in response to a tweet on Thursday. "I wish we would all support each other and our journey," the Meg star wrote adding, "When women and when minorities join forces we are unstoppable... when we tear each other down it's much more hurtful than from any group. But hey I love a challenge."
Rose's response was aimed at a fan tweet, which seemed to mock the sudden outrage over her casting, an openly gay actress, in the role of the LGBT DC superhero. "Queer women: Please cast out queer actors in queer roles! CW: *casts Ruby Rose* Queer women: This is an attack," the user had tweeted.
Rose is, however, not the first actor to quit social media over fan backlash. From 'Stranger Things' star Millie Bobby Brown to 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi's Kelly Marie Tran and Marvel's 'Iron Fist' actor Finn Jones, many have fallen victim to online rage, forcing them to quit social media eventually.
After learning that she is going to be the newest member to join Arrowverse, the actress had candidly shared her emotions with chat show host Jimmy Fallon. "I found out that I got cast as Batwoman," Rose had said. "It's a game changer. I found out an hour before I did the premiere for The Meg and I was so nervous during the red carpet that I basically skipped everybody, because I was worried that... because I kept like spontaneously crying."
"I kept thinking like what do I say, because everyone always says, 'So what have you got planned next?' And I kept thinking, either I'm going to put my foot in it and accidentally say something or I'm going to just start crying, and they're going to be like... she doesn't look so good. But yeah, I'm so thrilled."
Although fan response has been a little harsh towards Rose's casting, a certain Arrowverse veteran is more than happy with the news.
"Hey @RubyRose — Welcome!! It’s characters like Batwoman that will carry our Universe into the future. See you soon!" Green Arrow actor Stephen Amell wrote, welcoming Rose into the CW family.
Hey @RubyRose — Welcome!! It’s characters like Batwoman that will carry our Universe into the future. See you soon!— Stephen Amell (@StephenAmell) August 10, 2018