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New Batwoman Quits Twitter Over 'Ridiculous' Backlash

Ruby Rose was criticized after she took on gay superhero role for the CW
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 13, 2018 5:03 AM CDT
Ruby Rose attends the 2018 G'Day USA Los Angeles Gala at the InterContinental Hotel Los Angeles on Jan. 27, 2018, in Los Angeles.   (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)

(Newser) – If you're looking for Ruby Rose, you'll have to try her Bat Phone. The Orange Is the New Black star made headlines last week when it was announced she'd play Batwoman for the CW, the first openly gay superhero in a TV series leading role. But while Rose was "thrilled and honored," she wasn't as thrilled the online backlash—and she's left Twitter because of it, Deadline reports. "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 tweeted in one of her final posts. "I came out at 12?"

Vulture notes some of the backlash came under the #RecastBatwoman hashtag, spurring Rose to call for women and minorities, including the LGBT community, to be "a little kinder and more supportive of each other." In the meantime, she wrote, "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." Rose's Instagram and Facebook accounts were still up and running as of Monday morning, though it appears comments have been disabled on Instagram. (Read more Ruby Rose stories.)

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