On Tuesday, August 7, The CW announced its decision to cast Orange Is the New Black actor Ruby Rose as Batwoman for its upcoming Arrow-verse crossover. Before long, criticism poured out about the decision. Kate Kane, the second incarnation of Batwoman (created in 2006), is described as "an out lesbian and highly trained street fighter," and some fans didn't think Rose fit the bill. The hashtag #RecastBatwoman went viral as followers expressed their outrage.
To escape the negativity, Rose deactivated her Twitter account and penned a few tweets to clarify why she was leaving.
"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," she wrote. "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. I wish we would all support each other and our journeys."
"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," the actress continued. "But hey/ love a challenge I just wish women and the LGBT community supported each other more, My wish was we were all a little kinder and more supportive of each other...Sending everyone my love and gratitude, it's been a rollercoaster of a year, this month especially. I am looking forward to getting more than 4 hours of sleep and to break from Twitter to focus all my energy on my next 2 projects. If you need me, I'll be on my Bat Phone."
While some fans did argue she wasn't "gay" enough, others pointed out Rose is not Jewish. Kate Kane is canonically of Jewish descent. There's been a lot of criticism toward The CW since its 2017 Arrow-verse crossover, which prominently featured Nazis. The episode imagined a fictional world in which Nazis won WWII and some fans found the scenes to be distasteful — especially considering the political climate.
However, anger aimed at The CW for disrespecting its Jewish fans should not be taken out on Rose. It's also ridiculous to freak out over a network casting an LGBTQ+ actress as an out lesbian character. Sure, the network should be more sensitive to its fans, but it's unfortunate Rose has been caught in the storm.
The actress's departure from social media calls to mind other stars who went though similar ordeals.
Kelly Marie Tran wiped her Instagram earlier this year after she received hate due to her Star Wars: The Last Jedi role. Her co-star, Daisy Ridley, also left social media, and Millie Bobby Brown of Stranger Things quit after getting stuck in a meme gone wrong.
Batwoman will make her first appearance in the Arrow-verse crossover, which is slated to air December 2018.