The Boys star Erin Moriarty is addressing the social media trolls.
The 28-year-old actress, who plays Starlight on the Prime Video superhero series, opened up about the hate she receives from trolls directed at her character and, by extension, herself.
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“I do feel silenced. I do feel dehumanized. I do feel paralyzed,” Erin wrote on Instagram while also re-posting the Medium article titled “#IStandWithStarlight?: The Betrayal of Erin Moriarty by The Boys ‘fans,’” written by a Boys enthusiast with the username Butcherscanary.
“I’ve put blood, sweat, and tears into this role (over & over & over again), I’ve grown UP in this character’s shoes (*emphasis on grown up – we change & evolve mentally AND physically),” Erin continued. “So with that I say: a) thank you to @butcherscanary b) this does break my heart – I’ve opened up a vein for this role and misogynistic trolling is exactly what this role (Annie) would speak out against and c) everyone’s going through their own battle(s); let’s not add to that.”
She continued, “I will never intentionally (and ESPECIALLY) publicly add to yours. This has only strengthened my empathy muscle and to anyone who comes at me: I see you, I don’t hate you, I only empathize and forgive.”
After sharing the post, several of Erin‘s The Boys co-stars took to the comments to share their support.
“Support you and what you say here 100%. Well put 😉 Your work on the show is and always has been stellar and you are beautiful inside and out. Keep shining,” Antony Starr wrote, who plays Homelander.
“Love you Erin. We’re all here for you. You’re such an incredible, talented force of nature and I consider myself incredibly lucky to know you. Keep shining bright. Leave the trolls to us. We got your back,” wrote Jack Quaid, who plays Hughie Campbell.
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