Well, another female celebrity has been chased off of social media by harassing troglodytes. This time, the star of Star Wars: The Force Awakens Daisy Ridley was forced to shut down her Instagram account. Her horrible crime? She had that audacity, the absolute nerve, to make a post decrying gun violence.
According to the above link, the post (which can still be found on her Facebook page) reads thusly:
Thinking about how lucky I am like……… Serious bit: as I sat in the audience yesterday tears were streaming down my face at the tribute to those that have been lost to gun violence. I didn’t get a great picture of the incredible group that came on stage but they were so brave. It was a true moment of togetherness. We must #stoptheviolence
So, apparently because she had an emotional reaction to a tribute at an event she was attending (the Teen Choice Awards) and decided to post a call for peace, that’s apparently too fucking political.
The comments on her Instagram are no longer there, naturally because her Instagram is no longer there. However, her Facebook is still there, and still getting comments. I think this one is probably my favorite:
This guy, this fucking guy, is apparently so divorced from reality that he somehow thinks that Ridley using a fake laser gun in a goddamn movie suddenly invalidates what she’s saying above.
Oh, but it gets even better. Apparently, some people have taken to harassing her co-star and friend John Boyega, trying to get her to come back. Boyega, naturally, gave a very classy response supporting her decision:
It’s just, I really would like to be able to stop talking about this. I really would. But it just keeps fucking happening. It happens every day to people who aren’t celebrities (who, by the way, are people too). And people just brush it off, saying it’s just the Internet and we should stop talking about this. Except, that’s bullshit, because unless we talk about harassment and shame the fuck out of the people who do the harassing, this is just going to keep happening. And will most likely get worse.
I close with a thought I had when something similar happened to Leslie Jones on Twitter (except without the delightful added element of racism, this time): The Internet is part of real life. The people that are behind the screen are real people, with real feelings, and who experience real hurt when people pull this shit.