Aussie actress Ruby Rose has decided to leave Twitter after receiving a wave of negative responses to her casting as Batwoman.
The Melbourne-born model, DJ and TV presenter turned Hollywood actress was last month cast as DC‘s Batwoman in The CW’s Arrowverse, which includes Arrow, The Flash, Supergirl and Legends of Tomorrows. It was big news: Batwoman is to be the first gay superhero leading a live-action series. Rose, who came out as a lesbian at age 12, has long been outspoken in her support of equality and championing diversity in the entertainment industry.
While many were happy at the news, this is an age where all sides, including those who can’t wait to share their negativity and criticism with the world and the person in question, have platforms to spew on.
“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,” Rose posted in one of her last tweets before leaving the social media platform.
“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.”
She added: “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/ 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…Sending everyone my love and gratitude, it’s been a rollercoaster of a year, this month especially.”
And waved goodbye to Twitter with a final statement: “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.”
Fans can still follow her on Instagram, although she’s deactivated the comments capability there.
Rose was last year seen in xXx: Return of Xander Cage, John Wick: Chapter 2 and Pitch Perfect 3, and this year stars alongside Jason Statham in giant shark film The Meg, in US cinemas now and in Aus cinemas 16 August.