×
You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Ruby Rose Quits Twitter Following Trolling Over ‘Batwoman’ Casting

Ruby Rose has become the latest actor to abandon a social media account due to online trolling. The Australian actress, who co-stars with Jason Statham in this weekend’s global box office champ “The Meg,” quit Twitter and deactivated public comments on her Instagram account over the weekend following social media backlash against her casting as “Batwoman” in The CW’s “Arrowverse,” which was announced last week.

The openly gay actor faced a range of criticism over her casting as the character, reintroduced by DC Comics in 2006 as a lesbian of Jewish descent. Some of that criticism focused on Rose not being Jewish, but the comments that appear to have caused her to leave Twitter were those suggesting she wasn’t the right actress to play a lesbian superhero.

Before deleting her Twitter account, Rose posted a series of tweets addressing the issue, which she described as “the funniest most ridiculous thing I’ve ever read.”

Rose tweeted: “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.”

When the news of her casting as Batwoman was revealed last week, Rose posted her excitement at being able to play the first LGBT hero to lead a live-action TV show. Rose said: “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.”

Before signing off her Twitter account, Rose said she would be taking a “break from Twitter to focus all my energy on my next 2 projects,” adding “If you need me, I’ll be on my Bat Phone.”

Rose is the latest actor to abandon a social media account because of online trolls. In June, “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” actress Kelly Marie Tran quit Instagram following racist and sexist abuse, while “Stranger Things” star Millie Bobby Brown quit Twitter later the same month after being targeted with a homophobic meme.

Rose will make her debut in The CW’s “Arrowverse” in the annual crossover event between the four existing shows “Arrow,” “The Flash,” “DC’s Legends of Tomorrow” and “Supergirl,” which is set to air in December. A series based on the character is in development which, if it gets picked up, would debut in the 2019-2020 season.

“Batwoman” will follow the hero’s alter-ego Kate Kane, an out lesbian and highly trained street fighter armed with a passion for social justice and a flair for speaking her mind on the streets of Gotham. In a city desperate for a savior, Kate must overcome her own demons before embracing the call to be Gotham’s symbol of hope.

Caroline Dries will serve as writer and executive producer on the superhero series, with Greg Berlanti and Sarah Schechter also executive producing through Berlanti Productions, which will produce the show in association with Warner Bros. Television. Former head of DC Entertainment Geoff Johns will also serve as executive producer for Mad Ghost Productions.

Rose’s breakout role was as Stella in Netflix’s “Orange Is the New Black.” She has since gone on to star in franchise films including “Resident Evil: The Final Chapter,” “xXx: Return of Xander Cage,” “John Wick: Chapter Two” and “Pitch Perfect 3.”

More TV

  • James Holzhauer $2 million

    'Jeopardy!' Champion James Holzhauer Hits $2 Million Winnings Milestone

    This current “Jeopardy!” player has just won over $2 million on the popular game show. Who is James Holzhauer? The 34 year old professional sports gambler from Las Vegas has hit a “Jeopardy!” milestone by becoming only the second person in the show’s history to win over $2 million in regular season play. Holzhauer won [...]

  • Kanye West Shares a Memory of

    Kanye West Shares a Touching Memory of His Mother in Letterman Interview

    In a preview of David Letterman’s interview with Kanye West, which begins streaming next Friday, May 31, the musician’s wife Kim Kardashian West, tweeted a clip of him sharing a touching memory of his mother, Donda, who died in 2007 after a surgical procedure. While his wife looks on smiling, West answers Letterman’s question about [...]

  • CNN Lays Off Some Health Journalism

    CNN Lays Off Some Health Journalism Staffers

    CNN has laid off a handful of staffers from its health-journalism unit after deciding to place its health, climate and Southeastern newsgathering operations under a single aegis. ” As part of the normal course of business, our newsgathering team made a small restructure earlier this week that ultimately impacts 6-7 employees within CNN’s Health Unit,” [...]

  • Henry Ian Cusick

    'Lost' Star Henry Ian Cusick Signs With Buchwald (EXCLUSIVE)

    Henry Ian Cusick, best known for playing Desmond on the hit ABC series “Lost,” is signing with talent agency Buchwald for representation. Cusick also starred in the CW sci-fi/drama “The 100” and was most recently seen in the Fox series “The Passage.” His other notable television credits include “Scandal,” “24,” “Fringe,” “The Mentalist,” “Body of [...]

  • Bryan Cranston First Time in Variety

    Bryan Cranston on His Early Roles, Dealing With Rejection and His 'Erasable Mind'

    Following his 2014 Tony Award for best actor as President Lyndon B. Johnson in Robert Schenkkan’s play “All the Way,” Bryan Cranston is looking to add to his trophy collection this year with his performance as Howard Beale in “Network.” The deranged anchorman — who’s famously “mad as hell and not going to take this [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content