Australian actress Ruby Rose has deleted her Twitter account days after being cast as Batwoman, the first openly gay superhero to lead a TV series. The reason is surprising. Twitter users slammed the actress for taking on a lesbian role, wrongly assuming she was not gay herself.
Fox News notes via Syfy that Rose addressed the ill-informed speculations about her sexuality on Twitter before deleting her account. She had said, "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."
Indeed, as news.com.au noted in May, 2015, she came out as gay in 2012. She had also revealed how she had suffered sexual abuse as a child and had tried to commit suicide. She had also been battling depression and bipolar disorder for many years. She later revealed that she was gender-fluid; meaning she feels both as a woman and a man.
However, it wasn't just that Twitter users were unaware of her sexuality, they also reportedly complained of her acting skills and the fact that she wasn't Jewish, unlike her fictional counterpart Kate Kane. A Twitter user by the name "BoP stan" even went as far to call the casting of Ruby Rose as "anti-Semitic."
Kate should be played by a JEWISH lesbian. J E W I S H. that's the biggest problem with the casting. The casting was antisemitic. The CW's decision to no cast a jewish lesbian contribute to jewish erasure in media.— BoP stan (@parneIaisley) August 7, 2018
Such narrow-mindedness has led to celebrities quitting social media before. As pointed out by Screenrant, actress Millie Bobbie brown of 'Stranger Things' fame was bullied off Twitter after hateful photoshopped memes were made against her, falsely claiming she was a homophobe and anti-LGBT. 'The Last Jedi' actress Kelly Marie Tran also erased her Instagram account following relentless trolling from certain Star Wars fans.
However, like the other celebrities facing backlash, Ruby Rose also has her supporters. 'Arrow' star Stephen Amell congratulated her on landing the Batwoman role on Twitter saying, "Hey @RubyRose — Welcome!! It's characters like Batwoman that will carry our Universe into the future. See you soon!" Singers Janelle Monáe and Mariah Carey also congratulated her on the social media platform.
As noted by Fox News, appearing on 'The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon,' an emotional Ruby Rose said, "I feel like the reason I get so emotional, growing up watching TV, I never saw somebody on TV that I could identify with, let alone a superhero," she said adding, "I have always had this saying — I mean, not me, Oscar Wilde — which is be yourself because everyone else is taken. So I always live by that motto, and the second motto when I came into the industry was be the person that you needed when you were younger. I feel like one motto led to another."
The Bat is out of the bag and I am beyond thrilled and honored. I’m also an emotional wreck.. because this is a childhood dream. This is something I would have died to have seen on TV when I was a young member of the LGBT community who never felt represented on tv and felt alone and different. Thank you everyone. Thank you god.
For now, Ruby Rose will appear as Kate Kane, aka The Batwoman, on The CW's annual crossover episode featuring Arrow, The Flash and Supergirl. Following which, Batwoman will get her own series with Rose.