'I do feel dehumanized': 'The Boys' star Erin Moriarty calls out trolls for making sexual comments about her role
'The Boys' star Erin Moriarty has called out misogynistic fans for trolling her with sexually offensive commentary. The 28-year-old actress who plays Annie January, aka Starlight, just weeks after starting filming on Season 4 for the show has voiced her disturbing concerns on her social media platform.
The hit Amazon Studios series 'The Boys' actress noticed a Medium article that address the trolling and thanked the article's author (@butcherscanary) for their support while admitting trolling has made her feel 'silenced', 'dehumanized' and 'Paralyzed' revealing her thoughts in a heartfelt post.
Season 3 was essentially devoted to Starlight, showing how, 'toxic masculinity crushes and controls women,' though the article mentions that fans seemingly haven't learned the lessons of that season. The post included a screengrab from the article, entitled, '#IStandWithStarlight?: The betrayal of Erin Moriarty by The Boys ‘fans'. "I do feel silenced. I do feel dehumanized. I do feel paralyzed. I’ve put blood, sweat, and tears into this role (over & over & over again), I’ve grown UP in this character’s shoes (*emphasis on grown-up - we change & evolve mentally AND physically), and she writes on her Instagram post.
The author of the article adds as he writes of the trolling of Moriarty, "The harassment feels all the worse given the context of her role as Starlight on the show, a woman silenced and sexualized, treated like a celebrity canvas for others to project onto rather than a human being with her own thoughts and feelings. But Annie is fictional, and Erin is not. The torment doesn’t end for her when the credits start, because there is no switch off. No end or escape." In continuation of Moriarty's Instagram post she adds, "So with that I say: a) thank you to @butcherscanary b) this does break my heart - I’ve opened up a vein for this role and this kind of trolling is exactly what this role (Annie) would speak out against and c) everyone’s going through their own battle(s); let’s not add to that. I will never intentionally (and ESPECIALLY) publicly add to yours. This has only strengthened my empathy muscle and to anyone who comes at me: I see you, I I don’t hate you, I only empathize and forgive," she concluded.
After her post, three of her co-stars from 'The Boys' rushed to her support in the comments Anthony Starr, Jack Quaid, and Colby Minifie said, "Support you and what you say here 100%. Well put ;) Your work on the show is and always has been stellar and you are beautiful inside and out. Keep shining ;) xo" Starr said. "Love you Erin. We’re all here for you. You’re such an incredible, talented force of nature and I consider myself incredibly lucky to know you. Keep shining bright. Leave the trolls to us. We got your back," Quaid added. While Minifie praised stating, "I love you. You are one of the strongest people I know."