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Ruby Rose Quits Twitter After Vicious Harassment

Steve Porter / August 13, 2018

Ruby Rose deleted her Twitter account over the weekend after suffering online harassment. The 32-year-old actor was just cast as Batwoman and is expected to appear on an upcoming crossover between Arrow, Supergirl, The Flash, and Legends of Tomorrow on The CW in December. The LGBTQ+ actor will play the first out lesbian crimefighter in DC Comics, but her casting led to a nonsensical and cruel “backlash” by supposed fans.

Users had the gall to claim that Rose, an out LGBTQ+ genderfluid actor, was not a “real” lesbian and therefore ineligible to play Kate Kane (Batwoman). Rose was quick to point out the flaw in this argument in a post, since deleted, in which she reminds her followers that she first came out as queer when she was twelve years old. For the past five years, critics have accused her of being too gay for major parts—exemplifying the toxic double standard experienced by queer actors.

Rose since deleted her account to avoid further harassment, but not without reminding all of us that, “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.” We all need to stick together.

It’s sad that members of the LGBTQ+ community, and any trolls or dimwitted onlookers that joined them, subjected Rose to this kind of harassment. While we support Rose’s decision to quit Twitter, especially as the social media site has failed to update its terms of service or crack down on harassment and hate speech for years, it’s an indictment of modern society that we tolerate this kind of abuse. Too many celebrities, including Daisy Ridley, Kelly Marie Tran, and Leslie Jones, have quit social media in the past after online harassment. What’s worse is that countless others have been subject to the same abuse without fame, fortune, or the ability to defend themselves.

Harassment is a crime. It’s heartless, pathetic, and unacceptable. We all need to do better to call out harassment and be kind to each other, online and off. For now, we congratulate Ruby Rose on her new gig and look forward to seeing her on The CW. In the end, she’s Batwoman—deal with it.