The CW announced August 7 that Ruby Rose, the Australian actress best known for her breakout role on “Orange is the New Black,” would be leading its upcoming “Batwoman” television series in the title role, but not every fan of the comic book superhero was thrilled with the casting announcement. Angry “Batwoman” fans took to social media in the days following Rose’s hiring to slam the decision by using the hashtag #RecastBatwoman. Fans complained that Rose was the wrong LGBTQ actor to play the superhero and noted that, unlike the character in the comics, Rose is not Jewish.
Rose, currently starring on the big screen in “The Meg,” responded to the backlash by removing herself from Twitter. Rose deleted her Twitter account after sending out one final message to her followers (via Vulture): “I am looking forward to getting more than four hours of sleep and to break from Twitter to focus all my energy on my next two projects. If you need me, I’ll be on my Bat Phone.”
Before exiting the social media platform, Rose reacted to the backlash in disbelief. “Where on earth did ‘Ruby is not a lesbian therefore she can’t be Batwoman’ come from?” she asked her followers. “[It] has to be the funniest most ridiculous thing I’ve ever read. 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.”
“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,” Rose continued. “But hey/ love a challenge I just wish women and the LGBT community supported each other more.”
Following her American breakthrough on Netflix’s “Orange Is the New Black,” Rose went on to star in films such as “John Wick: Chapter 2,” “Pitch Perfect 3,” and “xXx: Return of Xander Cage.” Rose is hardly the first actress to remove herself from social media because of toxic fandom. This year alone, “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” actress Kelly Marie Tran wiped her Instagram clean because of harassment, while “Stranger Things” star Millie Bobby Brown deleted her Twitter account for the same reason.
IndieWire has reached out to Rose for further comment.