Daisy Ridley Quit Instagram After Receiving Backlash From A Message About Gun Violence

August 4, 2016 / Posted by:

Daisy Ridley, aka Rey from Star Wars: The Force Awakens, recently learned the hard way that it doesn’t take much for people to turn on you and give you with the same dirty looks usually reserved for pictures of Jar Jar Binks. She also learned that being famous means not getting too attached to your Instagram account, because there might be a chance that you’ll need to ditch it on the side of the internet’s metaphorical highway one day.

People reports that after the Teen Choice Awards on Monday, Daisy posted her feelings about the #StopTheViolence tribute to victims of gun violence. Daisy was all for the TCA’s decision to talk about gun safety, and posted the following comment about it:


Some people agreed with Daisy. Some people didn’t. Daisy received many comments calling her a hypocrite. You can read some of the hate comments she got at The Nerdy Bird. They were mad that Daisy would advocate an anti-gun message when she can be seen firing off a gun in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Somewhere, Matt Damon and Julia Stiles are like “Do we have to explain the difference between real gun violence and pretend movie prop gun violence again?

Instead of getting rid of all the comments Daisy didn’t like, she did away with her #StopTheViolence post. Then she doubled-down on the deleting by getting rid of her Instagram account altogether, as well as a corresponding #StopTheViolence post on Facebook. Two days later, Daisy hopped back on Instagram to fill people in on why she decided to quit her account. Apparently she just needed a break from the “distractions.


That message was only up for a bit. Not long after she posted it, she deleted her Instagram account again. As of right now, both Daisy’s Instagram and Twitter accounts don’t exist. She still has a Facebook account, but if Daisy is telling the truth with that message above, it’s probably not going to see a whole lot of action.

Talking about guns will always bring out strong emotions in people, but I’m not sure if I can understand where Daisy’s haters were coming from. Sure, Star Wars is full of guns; even the cute teddy bears have guns. But the guns in Star Wars are the opposite of real. They’re literally one step up from forming a gun with your hand and making a “pew pew” sound. Even if they removed all the guns, there would still be violence in the Star Wars universe. You can’t tell me a drunk Yoda wouldn’t use his powers to start smashing bottles at the Mos Eisley Cantina after being cut off.

Pics: Wenn.com, Twitter

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