Ruby Rose Deletes Twitter After Backlash Over Batwoman Casting

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While the majority of the comic book world was beyond thrilled to hear that Ruby Rose was named the new Batwoman in The CW’s Arrowverse, some fans did not feel the same way. A lot of people criticised the network’s decision to cast a non-Jewish actor as a Jewish character with some even suggesting that Ruby was “not gay enough” to take on the role. The backlash was so bad that the actress decided to delete her Twitter account in order to block all the negativity.

The CW announced last week that Ruby, best known for her breakout role on Orange Is the New Black, was cast as the first openly gay superhero to lead a TV show. She will be the main character on the network’s upcoming Batwoman series, taking the titular role, and is expected to make her first appearance in an Arrowverse crossover event: Arrow, Supergirl, and The Flash.

“The Bat is out of the bag and I am beyond thrilled and honored,” Ruby wrote on Instagram at the time. “I’m also an emotional wreck…because this is a childhood dream.”

At first, the fact that The CW cast an LGBTQ+ actress for an LGBTQ+ character seemed like just what we’d been asking for. Unfortunately, not everyone agrees. Soon after the news made headlines, the hashtag #RecastBatwoman started trending and many were asking The CW to recast the character with actress Ashley Platz.

The backlash did not sit well with Ruby, so before deactivating her account and disabling her comments on IG, she gave all of her critics a piece of her mind.

“Where on earth did ‘Ruby is not a lesbian therefore she can’t be batwoman’ come from — has to be the funniest most ridiculous thing I’ve ever read,” she began her rant (via Us Weekly). “I came out at 12? And have for the past 5 years had to deal with ‘she’s too gay’ how do y’all flip it like that? I didn’t change. I wish we would all support each other and our journeys.”

“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,” she continued, before saying she’s going to use the criticism constructively. “But hey I love a challenge. I just wish women and the LGBT community supported each other more. My wish was we were all a little kinder and more supportive of each other.”

She concluded, “I am looking forward to getting more than 4 hours of sleep and to break from Twitter to focus all my energy on my next 2 projects. If you need me, I’ll be on my Bat Phone.”

Ruby actually joins a long list of high-profile actresses who have also quit social media after nonstop online abuse and criticism. The list includes Star WarsKelly Marie Tran and Daisy Ridley, as well Stranger Things star Millie Bobby Brown.

Notice a trend? Fandoms are passionate, but they can sometimes be mean AF, too. We understand the ‘Jewish actor should play a Jewish character’ anger and we hope The CW and other casting directors will use that criticism constructively moving forward. However, saying that Ruby Rose isn’t enough of a lesbian to play the character is just plain f%*!ed. There’s no way around it.

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