“Star Wars: The Force Awakens” star Daisy Ridley has left Instagram following backlash over an anti-gun post.
The 24-year-old actress deleted her account shortly after using the platform to address gun violence in the U.S.. Following Jessica Alba’s powerful tribute to victims of gun violence during the Teen Choice Awards, Ridley took to her social media accounts to share her thoughts.
“As I sat in the audience yesterday, tears were streaming down my face at the tribute to those that have been lost to gun violence,” her now-deleted post read. “I didn’t get a great picture of the incredible group that came onstage but they were so brave. It was a true moment of togetherness. We must #stoptheviolence.”
After posting, the barrage of comments began, with many showing support for her statement while others lashed out to criticize the actress, calling her a hypocrite for appearing in a movie like “Star Wars: The Force Awakens”, which glorifies violence. Her post was deleted shortly thereafter, while the same message remained on her Facebook site until it was removed on Wednesday. After the post was removed, some of her 738,000 Facebook fans called on her to return to Instagram.
In lights of the Facebook comments, she briefly reactivated her Instagram account to write “I just want to be on my phone less! Trying to be more present and all that and got a busy few months ahead so wanted less distractions … It’s all good! :)”.
Ridley hasn’t been shy about voicing her opinions and interacting with fans since joining Instagram last year. She often used the social media platform to connect with fans and discuss issues of body shaming, self-esteem, and her personal struggles with endometriosis.
Her “Star Wars” co-star and close friend John Boyega shared an update about Ridley on his own Instagram account, writing that the actress is “doing what’s best for her.” He added that he “won’t be advising [his] friend to come back” to the platform.
Ridley is just the latest celeb to turn off social media after backlash and hurtful comments. “Ghostbusters” star Leslie Jones briefly quit Twitter after disclosing that she was targeted by racist comments before Twitter stepped in and banned the ringleader behind the online attacks.