Ruby Rose has deactivated her Twitter account and Instagram comments after facing a backlash for being cast as Batwoman in the upcoming movie.
The titular superhero character, also known as Kate Kane, was first introduced into the DC Extended Universe in the 1950s as a love interest for Batman. However, she was reintroduced in 2006 as a lesbian of Jewish descent.
Rose recently said that landing the role was “a game-changer”, adding that she “kept spontaneously crying” after hearing the news. “I feel like the reason I got so emotional is that growing up, watching TV, I never saw someone on TV that I could identify with, let alone a superhero, you know?” she said.
However, fans criticised the decision to cast a non-Jewish actor as a Jewish character. Some even suggested that Rose shouldn’t portray the first openly gay lead character in a live-action superhero movie as she’s ‘not gay enough’.
Now, Rose has left Twitter after being bombarded with posts. Before deactivating her account, she left some parting words for her critics.
“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 (via TooFab). “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 minorities join forces we are unstoppable… when we tear each other down it’s much more hurtful than from any group.”
She continued: “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.”
Rose concluded her posts by saying that she will now “focus all my energy on my next 2 projects”, adding: “If you need me, I’ll be on my Bat Phone.”