Erin Moriarty Says She Feels "Silenced" And "Dehumanized" By Sexualized Commentary From Fans Online

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Erin Moriarty is taking a stand against the constant sexualized commentary she faces online.

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The Boys actor, who portrays Starlight on the show, decided to speak out after a fan purportedly penned an article highlighting the ridicule Erin often faces for both her character and her appearance.

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The piece delves into the misogynistic hate that is directed towards Starlight on social media and message boards — and in turn, is also aimed at Erin.

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"Annie is fictional and Erin is not. The torment doesn’t end for her when the credit starts, because there is no switch off," the article reads.

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Erin took to Instagram to share excerpts from the article, admitting she agrees with the sentiment of what the fan wrote.

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"I do feel silenced. I do feel dehumanized. I do feel paralyzed," Erin wrote on her account.

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She added that she's put "blood, sweat, and tears" into the role and feels that she's "grown up" in her character's shoes — emphasizing that people "change [and] evolve mentally AND physically."

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"This does break my heart — I’ve opened up a vein for this role and misogynistic trolling is exactly what this role (Annie) would speak out against," Erin noted.

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She continued, "Everyone’s going through their own battle(s); let’s not add to that. I will never intentionally (and ESPECIALLY) publicly add to yours."

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After thanking the author of the article, Erin went on to say that the whole experience has "only strengthened [her] empathy muscle."

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"To anyone who comes at me: I see you, I don’t hate you, I only empathize and forgive," Erin concluded.

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In the comment section, she received support from her costars, including Antony Starr and Jack Quaid.

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"Support you and what you say here 100%," Antony wrote. "Well put. Your work on the show is and always has been stellar and you are beautiful inside and out. Keep shining."

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And while The Boys crew may not have each other's backs on screen, it's nice to know they do IRL!