Australian actor Ruby Rose made history earlier this month after being cast as Batwoman, the first openly-gay superhero to headline a TV series.
The CW is currently developing a Batwoman series scheduled to premiere in the 2019-20 season. Rose identifies as gender fluid and is best known for her roles in “Orange Is the New Black,” “Pitch Perfect 3,” and “John Wick: Chapter 2.”
But Rose’s history-making achievement wasn’t good enough for some people.
There was a huge backlash to Rose’s casting because she doesn’t check off all the same boxes as the character, Kate Kane/Batwoman.
Some fans were angry because Kate Kane is Jewish and Rose is not.
Not only does ruby rose not identify as a lesbian but she’s not Jewish either. So...they basically lied about it wa… https://t.co/AywQgGeZvS— Kristin | 🌈🦄™️ (@Kristin | 🌈🦄™️)1533666248.0
Some believe the casting was made to appease straight women.
i feel like the cw casting ruby rose as batwoman is catering to the straight girls who said they turned gay after s… https://t.co/UjTxD4F5Go— maddie (@maddie)1533683192.0
Others criticized Rose for her acting ability.
@MegynTODAY @stephgosk Do better research. The tweets are there for all to see. This is a .#RubyRose spin. The MAJO… https://t.co/c03e0GXPih— Traci Boyle (@Traci Boyle)1534256502.0
People also argued that the gender-fluid Rose isn't an actual lesbian. Although, Rose begs to differ.
#RecastBatwoman Batwoman is an iconic lesbian character she doesn't deserve this disrespect. Cast an actual lesbian actress who can act— Tatiana 🏳️🌈 (@Tatiana 🏳️🌈)1533672455.0
Two days after the casting announcement, Rose deleted her Twitter account and limited comments on her Instagram account to only people she knew.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Rose confronted the attacks on Twitter before deleting her account:
“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. 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. 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.”
Obviously, it’s important for people of color and the LGBT community to have a voice and be properly represented on television.
Bullying an actor because they don’t have the same exact background as the character they are playing is taking things a step too far.