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Within a few days of the Orange Is the New Black standout’s casting of the latest Arrowverse hero, angry fans took to Twitter to complain about the choice of Ruby Rose as Batwoman.
Fans of the comic book superhero used the hashtag #RecastBatwoman on Twitter, complaining about the choice to hire Rose for the role of Kate Kane, saying Rose was the “wrong LBGTQ actor” to play Batwoman, also noting that unlike Batwoman’s comic book counterpart, Rose is not Jewish.
Over the weekend, Rose responded to the backlash by leaving the social media platform, sending out a final message to her followers, Vulture reported: “I am looking forward to getting more than four hours of sleep and to break from Twitter to focus all my energy on my next two projects. If you need me, I’ll be on my Bat Phone.”
Before leaving the social media site, Rose responded to the backlash over her casting with disbelief, saying, “Where on earth did ‘Ruby is not a lesbian therefore she can’t be Batwoman’ come from? [It] 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.”
She continued, “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. But hey/ love a challenge I just wish women and the LGBT community supported each other more.”
While her Twitter page is gone for the time being, her Instagram page is still active, and soon enough she’ll be available by Bat Phone once The CW/DC crossover premieres this fall.