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LGBTQ Twitter Hates Ruby Rose As Batwoman


A queer woman was actually cast as a queer woman. But are we happy?

It was announced Tuesday that Ruby Rose will play Batwoman in the upcoming standalone CW series, according to Entertainment Weekly. After years of LGBTQ audiences advocating for queer actors to play queer characters it's finally happening - plus, television is getting its first leading lesbian superhero.

But are we happy we got what we wanted?

Some people are.

But others are angry and criticizing the casting of Rose (who costarred in Orange Is the New Black, The Meg, and John Wick: Chapter 2) as too easy a choice. For an LGBTQ actress, she's one of the most well-known. While she identifies as gender-fluid and a lesbian, she's not Jewish like the character she's playing, which is another point of contention for some balking at the casting. In fact, physically, she's the opposite of the image of a latke-lover! Meanwhile, others were disappointed because Rose isn't known for having Meryl Streep-esque acting chops.

The Batwoman series will be executive produced by the prolific Greg Berlanti, who is gay, while Caroline Dries, who is out, will write and executive produce the series. A queer woman will be the lead and play the first live-action superhero series to feature an openly gay lead. That actor is gender fluid, which literally has no representation on screen as a lead.

Jewish representation is important; there was also recently an uproar that Felicity Jones is playing Ruth Bader Ginsberg. But Jewish people have tons of visibility in Hollywood. Just speaking in terms of actresses, we have Scarlett Johansson, Rachel Weisz, Natalie Portman, Mila Kunis, and Gal Gadot always in the public eye. Queer women? Not so much.

So what if Ruby Rose hasn't won an Oscar? This is for a superhero TV show on the CW. It's not a dramatic epic about finding yourself in the 2nd Crusade.

Adam Best put it best.

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