Daisy Ridley quits Instagram after anti-gun comments receive backlash
'I just want to be on my phone less,' the 'Star Wars' actress later posted
Star Wars actress Daisy Ridley has shuttered her Instagram account.
The popular account was deleted soon after the actress spoke out on gun violence and received a flurry of negative comments from gun proponents.
On Monday, Ridley shared a post on Instagram and Facebook about how moved she was by the Teen Choice Awards tribute to victims of gun violence, in which young relatives of shooting victims took the stage.
“[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,” Ridley wrote. “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.”
A slew of comments followed, with some echoing Ridley’s sentiment, and some criticizing her for speaking out, accusing her of hypocrisy due to violence in the Star Wars films. Soon after, the Instagram post and the entire account disappeared. A corresponding Facebook post was also deleted.
Ridley briefly reactivated her Instagram account and posted a message explaining her hiatus: “I just want to be on my phone less! Trying to be more present and all that and got a busy few months ahead so wanted less distractions… It’s all good! :)” she wrote, according to The Nerdy Bird. “I always appreciate the support and love the Instagram community! X.”
The actress, who joined Instagram a year ago, is known for posting uplifting and often humorous messages, and has used the platform to speak out on a variety of issues including self-esteem, her struggles with endometriosis, and body-shaming.
Ridley isn’t the first celebrity to be harassed on social media. Ghostbusters star Leslie Jones received a barrage of racist comments after the movie opened last month. Jones shared screenshots of some of them and encouraged her followers to report the perpetrators, writing, “I feel like I’m in a personal hell. I didn’t do anything to deserve this. It’s just too much. It shouldn’t be like this. So hurt right now.” The comedian briefly quit Twitter before returning the same week.