This is becoming way too commonplace and it is getting ridiculous. Celebrities are announced to be part of a project with a large fandom and then are almost instantly attacked on social media. We have seen it with directors as well.
The most recent one is in this writers opinion rather absurd. Ruby Rose was anounced as being cast as Kate Kane aka Batwoman for the upcoming annual Arrow-verse crossover and then to lead her own series. The decision was made for her talent as well as her being an out lesbian community as the character herself is a lesbian. Immediately afterwards followed the barrage of hate and backlash on social media primarily Twitter.
Before leaving the social media platform, Rose took to Twitter with a string of tweets: “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. 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 continued, “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.”
She concluded her statement with a POWERFUL and confident exit: “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.”
This has got to stop, just STOP. This online harassment of talent, directors and more just because you are not a fan is unacceptable. Many of these talented individuals want to be able to enjoy those platforms and interact with fans. But none have to sit by and enjoy an onslaught of hate and disrespect. That never has been nor never will be part of the job and its unfair to those individuals who suffer from it.