Daisy Ridley put her Instagram platform to good use on Monday, writing an emotional plea to end gun violence following the Teen Choice Awards. Her remarks were brief and to the point, not to mention completely non-confrontational.
"Thinking about how lucky I am like......... Serious bit: 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. 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."
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:
Instagram has taken new measures 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.