Star Wars: The Force Awakens star Daisy Ridley is the latest celebrity to fall victim to online harassment, after she posted a tribute to victims of gun violence after Sunday's Teen Choice Awards on Instagram and Facebook. But after being harassed by commenters, the actress deleted her Instagram.
People accused the star of being a hypocrite, as her character Rey uses a blaster to shoot stormtroopers in the film. Again, because an actress used a fake space gun in a movie, some people believe that she can't oppose gun violence. Great.
While Ridley quit Instagram, her active Facebook account still has the initial post up. "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," she wrote.
"Daisy, I love everything you do and your voice for a lot of things, but violence inflicted with guns is probably not the best topic to bring to your fan base," one commenter said. Another wrote, "Says the woman who kills people with guns in movies. Such hypocrisy in Hollywood. Just shut up, Ridley and make another Star Wars movie."
Ridley's cast mate John Boyega came to her defense, stating, "She's doing what's best for her. I won't be advising my friend to come back. Sorry."
John via Instagram about Daisy Ridley pic.twitter.com/lL3U6PAQLd— Daily John Boyega (@dailyjohnboyega) August 2, 2016
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