Daisy Ridley Quits Instagram After Being Harassed for Remarks on Gun Violence

Well, this is depressing.

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Daisy Ridley put her Instagram (opens in new tab) platform to good use on Monday, writing an emotional plea (opens in new tab) to end gun violence following the Teen Choice Awards (opens in new tab). Her remarks were brief and to the point, not to mention completely non-confrontational.

The post is no longer viewable because Daisy shut down her Instagram account after followers criticized her stance on gun violence. Before the shutdown, comments like "says the woman who kills people with guns in movies," "you're no better than Matt Damon," "didn't I see you using a blaster in Star Wars Episode VIII?" and "don't ruin Star Wars for any of us" were dominating the post, which can only be described as trolling at its finest.*

* "Finest" = "worst" in this scenario.

Apparently, Daisy explained her Instagram shutdown by saying she wanted "less distraction" (this comment was eventually deleted), and John Boyega also weighed in:

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Instagram has taken new measures (opens in new tab) to help users combat trolling, but still—the fact that Daisy Ridley couldn't show empathy for victims of gun violence without being harassed is symptomatic of a much larger issue in this country.

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Mehera Bonner
Mehera Bonner

Mehera Bonner is a celebrity and entertainment news writer who enjoys Bravo and Antiques Roadshow with equal enthusiasm. She was previously entertainment editor at Marie Claire and has covered pop culture for over a decade.