Why Ruby Rose quit Twitter
Recently, Ruby Rose was cast to play Kate Kane a.k.a Batwoman in the soon to be released Batwoman live-action TV series on the CW. For those who may not know, in 2006 Kate Kane was reintroduced as a lesbian. Since there isn’t a lot of representation of gay characters in comic books this was seen as a great idea and very progressive on DC Comics part. Casting Rose as Batwoman is an equally smart decision since Rose is proud of her sexual preference; Rose identifies as genderfluid, which means she prefers to remain flexible about her gender identity rather than committing to a single gender. Rose is a strong proponent of gay rights and culture but unfortunately, despite her being proud of who she is, she is still receiving backlash for being cast to play an openly gay character.
After receiving a plethora of insulting comments about her not being a lesbian, Jewish, or having the skills as an actor Rose decided to quit Twitter. Before she left, she 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.” Ruby also said, “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.”
The phrase, “Not being gay enough” is one of the most disgusting things I’ve read in a long time. After years of hate being spewed her way, Rose now has to deal with being insulted by people that should be happy she’s getting these types of roles. Especially a character in the Bat-Family that can propel Rose’s career and bring more focus to the LBGTQ community as a whole.
Slander from the nerd brigade has become a sad trend in social media. Recently, Anna Diop (an African woman from Senegal) received similar criticism for being cast to play Starfire on the new Titans series. Since the creative team of Titans decided to go with Diop’s black skin instead of the alien orange color, people were upset. So much so that she disabled her comments on Instagram. People said things like she looked like a prostitute and other horrific comments. I’ll be the first to admit that some characters should stay their race, religion, gender or sexual preference but it’s now gotten to the point where if you don’t check off all the boxes the nerd rage is going to level up so much Vegeta’s scouter would break. Getting hatred from bigots is bad enough, it’s worse to get from your own people.