Ruby Rose was cast last week as the lesbian Batwoman in The CW’s Arrowverse, as well as her own show. Ruby is the first openly gay actor to star in a superhero TV series. So an out and proud lesbian getting cast to play an out and proud ass-kicking superhero lesbian seems like a win-win. However, Twitter still exists so this news got turned into a bad thing and it forced Ruby to drop the axe on her Twitter account.
At first there wasn’t just one pointed tweet surrounding the fervor of Ruby’s casting. It started with the usual mixed bag of criticisms. The Daily Mail points out that people first started rallying against her for not being a good enough actress for the job, and also for not being Jewish, like the alter ego of Batwoman, Ms. Karen Kane.
Oddly, it was a tweet from someone supporting Ruby (at first) that led to most of the shit hitting the fan. The user made a joke, pretty spot on to the fickle nature of humans:
Queer women: Please cast out queer actors in queer roles! CW: *casts Ruby Rose* Queer women: This is an attack.
Ruby responded directly to this tweet:
I wish we would all support each other and our journey. 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.
And then as things usually go on Twitter, it took a turn and Ruby got slammed for her support of a tweet. One user tweeted:
When women and minorities join forces’… because apparently those are two separate groups with no overlapping members? You’re telling me, a black woman, that women and black people should link up. BRUH.
And I guess I’m not allowed to make jokes because it’s more painful when I do it which is a new level of white nonsense I’ve never seen before. And as a reminder, THE JOKE WASN’T MAKING FUN OF HER TO BEGIN WITH.
Ruby tried to lend her naive fresh optimism to calm down the feeding frenzy, but it was no use.
‘Oh my word. I’m am very sorry it read that way. Truly… I responded to you because I agreed with what you said even if you wrote it in jest and I thought we were on the same page, so I was saying I just wish women and the LGBT community supported each other more.’
Welp, that’s all it took, folks. Ruby quit Twitter after that, presumably to bask in the glow of her childhood dream of getting cast as a superhero, without the internet slamming her down. Her Twitter may be down (for now), but her Instagram is still up. Just don’t try to leave a comment on it, as sis has that mechanism blocked.
The only thing we should really be giving Ruby a hard time about is this truly terrible pun “the bat is out of the bag“, that I hope had her snorting milk out of her nose, because, nerdy:
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.