Daisy Ridley Quits Instagram After Receiving Backlash From Anti-Gun Violence Post
By Antoinette Bueno
It appears social media criticism got to be just a little too much for Daisy Ridley.
The 24-year-old Star Wars: The Force Awakens actress deleted her Instagram after receiving some backlash for a post on anti-gun violence. The post came after Jessica Alba's tribute to teenage family members of highly publicized shootings at the Teen Choice Awards on Sunday, which Ridley said she was moved by.
"I sat in the audience yesterday [and] tears were streaming down my face at the tribute to those that have been lost to gun violence," Ridley wrote on Monday. "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."
Not surprisingly, the sensitive topic set off some criticism on social media, some calling her out for violence in the Star Wars films. Shortly after, Ridley's entire Instagram account was deleted.
However, the British actress said it was "all good" in a follow-up post when she briefly reactivated her account, before deleting it once again.
"I just want to be on my phone less!" Ridley wrote, via the Daily Mail. "Trying to be more present and all that and got a busy few months ahead so wanted less distractions...It's all good! :)"
Ridley's Facebook is still active, although her previous post on gun violence was also deleted on the site. Some fans took to her page to show support after she quit Instagram.
"Please, Daisy, do not stay away from Instagram because of some idiots," one fan writes. "But if you have to -- because one doesn't need bashing, we (your fans) understand this -- please stay here and know that we love and adore you."
"Daisy, I'm sorry you felt the need to deactivate your Instagram account, and I'm extra sorry that it was because of silly people fighting," another fan writes.
This isn't the first time Ridley has faced some harsh criticism on Instagram. In March she hit back at body shamers over a meme slamming her slender physique, claiming she set "unrealistic expectations" for young girls, and that "real women have curves."
"'Real women' are all shapes and sizes, all ethnicities, all levels of brave, have families, don't have families," Ridley commented. "I am a 'real women' like every other woman in this world."
"I'm just a normal girl thrust into extraordinary circumstances, just like Rey," she later added. "I will not apologize for how I look, what I say, and how I live my life cause what's happening inside is much more important anyway, and I am striving to be the best version of myself, even if I stumble along the way."