So apparently this is still a thing that’s happening. The backlash at the Ruby Rose Batwoman casting has… rubbed Rila the wrong way.
Our Take: I’m not even sure where to put the blame on this one. Is it more of the comic book community’s whining? Or is it more people competing in the Woke Olympics? The fact that I don’t know the answer to that question is disheartening. A major comic book LGBTQ icon is receiving an adaptation. The character is being played by someone who personally identifies with them and is overjoyed for the opportunity. If you don’t think she’d be a good fit for genuine reasons, that’s perfectly fine. But not liking it because she’s “too popular” (even though cursory research says she hasn’t been in that much) or that she’s “not gay enough” (really, people? Really?) is just the height of stupidity.
I know next to nothing about Ruby Rose. She shares a name with a popular Rooster Teeth character and she’s in Orange is the New Black, which I’ve never actually watched. So I can’t say if she’d be a good fit or not. But harassing this woman is inexcusable. And it’s always inexcusable. It’s been inexcusable every single time it’s happened in the past several years. The instance that comes to mind the most is probably the Ghost Busters reboot. And my stance now is the same as it was then. If you don’t like it, don’t watch it.
I personally find it important to highlights the support she received as well, however. Something I sadly neglected to do whilst writing this episode in the rush to get it made. But the outpour of support she received from sadly-not-loud-enough sources is the kind of thing I’d like to see more of. So, once more, congratulations on the role, Ms. Rose (if that’s the pronoun you prefer. Sorry if it’s something else). And good luck.
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