When The CW announced that Ruby Rose will be portraying Batwoman in a special crossover event of its various superhero shows, some fans celebrated the actress being cast as the first openly gay superhero.
Others, however, took to social media to gripe about Rose portraying the comic-book character, with complaints running the gamut from her acting ability to others that she’s not gay enough (Rose has come out as gender fluid, while Batwoman is a strict lesbian), among various other criticisms.
The backlash apparently became so nasty that the former “Orange Is the New Black” actress decided to deactivate her Twitter account.
One person beaming with excitement for Rose’s casting is pop superstar Taylor Swift. “YES @rubyrose!!” the “End Game” singer shared Wednesday on her Instagram story. “So excited for you, you’re gonna be amazing!”
Previously, Rose expressed nothing but excitement over the casting news, taking to Instagram, to admit being an “emotional wreck” over being able to fulfill her “childhood dream” of playing the lesbian superhero.
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The Bat is out of the bag and I am beyond thrilled and honored. I’m also an emotional wreck.. because 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. Thank you everyone. Thank you god.
During an appearance on “The Tonight Show”, Rose elaborated on her excitement about the role.
“It’s a game-changer. I found out an hour before I did the premiere for ‘The Meg’ and I was so nervous doing the red carpet so I basically skipped everybody because I kept spontaneously crying,” she told host Jimmy Fallon.
“I feel like the reason I got so emotional is that growing up, watching TV, I never saw someone on TV that I could identify with, let alone a superhero, you know?” she added. “I’ve always had this saying, well, not me, Oscar Wilde, which is, ‘Be yourself because everyone else is taken,’ and so I always lived by that motto and then the second motto is when I came into the industry was ‘Be the person you needed when you were younger.’”
The casting announcement was met with congratulations from such celebs as Janelle Monae, “Arrow” star Stephen Amell and Rose’s former “OITNB” co-star Laverne Cox.
Their excitement was not shared by everyone, with haters’ comments hurtful enough to result in Rose exiting Twitter. However, other Twitter users slammed the haters who launched vicious personal attacks: