Ruby Rose is the latest celebrity to quit Twitter following trolling and hateful comments for being cast as Batwoman. News broke last week that Rose had been cast as the superhero, who will make her CW debut in the crossover between four of the network's DC shows: The Flash, Arrow, Legends of Tomorrow, and Supergirl.
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.
While some critics were frustrated that Rose herself is not Jewish, others were upset that Rose was "too obvious of a choice."
In a time where LGBTQ people are fighting for queer actors to portray more queer characters on television, it seems not only silly, but also counterproductive to critique Rose being cast. While maybe not the ideal choice, she is a gay woman portraying a gay superhero on TV... It is the first time ever that a live-action superhero in a major television series will be portrayed as gay.
Prior to deleting her account, Rose addressed the issue, tweeting:
"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 that she'll 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."