As noted by SyFy, the Orange is the New Black star's absence from Twitter was spotted by fans on August 11. Ruby also appeared to allude to a potential leave of the platform on Friday, August 10, tweeting: "Where on earth did 'Ruby is not a lesbian therefore she can’t be Batwoman' come from — has to be the funniest most ridiculous thing I’ve ever read. I came out at 12? And have for the past 5 years had to deal with 'she’s too gay' how do y’all flip it like that? I didn’t change." Her account appears to have been removed soon after the tweet was made.
Ruby's Instagram remains active, but SyFy reports that she seems to have limited what comments appear. Her last Instagram post was shared on August 10.
It was announced on August 7 that Ruby, who identifies as a lesbian and as gender-fluid, had been cast in the role of Batwoman for an upcoming DC Comics Crossover event that's set to air later this year. Ruby will star alongside cast members of other CW shows for the event, including Arrow, The Flash, and Supergirl. Ruby's Batwoman will also reportedly be portrayed as a lesbian, as she is in the comic book versions.
In addition to the crossover appearance, a potential Batwoman television series is also being developed for the CW. However, it remains up to the network whether they will order an entire series based around the character, The Hollywood Reporternoted.
Social media harassment regarding Ruby's role as Batwoman comes just after she expressed her excitement over portraying a character that could positively impact LGBTQ+ viewers. In an appearance on The Tonight Show, Ruby explained: "Growing up watching TV, I never saw someone on TV that I could identify with, let alone a superhero." She had also addressed the casting in an Instagram post, writing: "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."
Unfortunately, this is the latest instance of continued social media harassment targeted at celebrities. Kelly Marie Tran of Star Wars deleted her Instagram earlier this year due to harassment, and Millie Bobby Brown also left Twitter in June after users created homophobic memes centered on the Stranger Things star.
More recently, Anna Diop of Titansturned off comments on her Instagram after users left racist remarks about her casting in the upcoming Titans series.
Some of Ruby's fans were quick to support her online, with some calling out the widespread bullying that is sometimes seen in large fandoms. "So now Ruby Rose was bullied off social media," one fan noted, adding that "fandom really sucks nowadays." Another fan echoed Ruby's own sentiment, writing: "It's sort of bonkers to me that y'all are so mad about Ruby Rose being cast as Batwoman. They cast a gender fluid queer person in the role of a lesbian and no snaps? None?" And one person summed it up by saying: "It is completely unacceptable for 'fans' to start harassing her for accepting a role."
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