Actress Ruby Rose has deleted her Twitter account after copping backlash over her casting as DC superhero Batwoman.
Last week it was announced the 32-year-old would play the character in an upcoming crossover episode featuring characters from superhero shows The Flash, Arrow, Legends of Tomorrow, and Supergirl on US network The CW.
Batwoman, real name Kate Kane, first appeared in the DC Comics in the 1950s but has been openly gay since 2006 when she was reintroduced as a lesbian of Jewish descent.
While many congratulated Rose on landing the role, the actress faced backlash online from those disappointed that Rose, who has described herself as “gender-fluid”, hasn’t publicly identified as a lesbian. Others were disappointed the role didn’t go to a Jewish actress.
Shortly before shutting down her Twitter, Rose said she was “baffled” by some of the criticism and she was “deleting Twitter now to focus on my next two projects, so I won’t be on here for a while.”
“Where on earth has ‘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,” she tweeted.
“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.
“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. But hey, love a challenge. I just wish women and the LGBT community supported each other more.”
Rose has also restricted commenting on her Instagram account.
Ruby was excited for her role and she got twitter mobbed, sad to see this happen so many times.
Give someone a chance, these people are still human, just becuase you don't know them personally doesn't mean destroy them
— BossLogic (@Bosslogic) August 12, 2018
I've never been more happy to be wrong, I loved it. I've seen the movie 3 times. She is exceptional.
Give #RubyRose a shot and quit being assholes.
— Cait Adkins (@CAdkinsPHOTO) August 12, 2018
After the news broke of Rose’s casting as Batwoman, the actress opened up to US talk show host Jimmy Fallon about the role.
“I feel like the reason I kept getting so emotional is because growing up watching TV, I never saw somebody that I identified with, let alone a superhero,” she said.
“I have always had this saying — I mean, not me, Oscar Wilde — which is be yourself because everyone else is taken.
“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.”