Daisy Ridley deleted her Instagram account after being harassed by gun nuts

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I genuinely feel sorry for Daisy Ridley. Ever since she became famous overnight (or within the span of a few months) for The Force Awakens, she’s been trying to keep it real on social media. Daisy is not one of those “look at my perfect, fabulous life” celebrities – she interacts with fans and openly discusses her struggles with body image, endometriosis, acne and more. She’s even beefed with fans before, but for the most part, her messages are overwhelming positive and inspirational. So what would have caused her to suddenly delete her Instagram? Gun nuts. American gun nuts.

You see, Daisy made an appearance at the Teen Choice Awards last Sunday, and the awards show included a high-profile segment about gun violence and the victim-impact statements from some of the most high-profile gun deaths in America this year. After she attended the awards show, she was still thinking about the tribute to the lives lost by senseless gun violence. So she posted an Instagram which said:

“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.”

That’s it. That’s all she wrote. She didn’t call anyone a homicidal gun nut. She didn’t say that every good ol’ boy should give up his automatic weapon. She simply made a statement about how affecting it was to see that message, and that it moved her to tears. She made a plea to stop the violence. But the gun nuts came for her anyway.

Her Instagram comment section went crazy with people telling her that they were no longer her fans, that she doesn’t have a clue about anything and that she’ll be able to take their guns when she comes and takes those guns from their cold, dead hands. You get the idea, and you can see some of the comments here, compiled at The Nerdy Bird. Shortly after that, Daisy deleted that Instagram post and the corresponding Facebook post. Then she deleted her Instagram. So, congratulations, gun nuts! You harassed a young British woman off of social media because she dared to suggest that maybe America has a gun violence problem? A—holes. And once again, there is no safe place to be a woman with an opinion.

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  1. LannisterForever says:

    That’s horrible, what’s wrong with people??? I love Daisy and really enjoyed her instagram, hope she comes back :(

  2. Betti says:

    Such a shame thou the gun nuts r just that, nuts.

    The Keira Knightly is so very strong with this one.

  3. pikawho? says:

    Ughhhhhh gun culture is a cancer on humanity. Its the real #1 religion in America.

    I really like Daisy. She seems aware of how lucky she is and is relatable in a real person way, not the “I am rich beyond measure and look like a model, but sometimes I totally, like fart!” kind of way. I hope she comes back to social media.

    I suspect Disney/Lucas Film might have had a part in making her delete, since speaking out against guns, even that mildly can affect ticket sales in the US.

    • Wren says:

      Tons of celebrities and Hollywood actors speak out against gun violence all the time, making much stronger statements. I can’t imagine a statement that anounted to “omg stop killing each other, it’s really senseless” would have anyone worried about ticket sales. But I also can’t fathom why it garnered so much frothing hatred either, so there’s that.

      • pikawho? says:

        I honestly think its because of the “nerd” factor. See also: Gamergate. Unattractive, undersexed young men do NOT like women having opinions on anything, even if its just “killing people is bad”. In their mind, a female in a sci-fi franchise is there to be pretty and provide wank fantasies. They aren’t supposed to be real people.

      • jojo says:

        @pikawho, I couldn’t have said it better myself, +1000000

  4. SM says:

    Why would she do that? Do not read comments about your self or/and about what you write. Especially celebrities.

    • Snazzy says:

      She’s young. She probably was scared. Honestly, I’m not young or on Instagram, but with all the crazy people out there, I would be too. There really is no safe place for a woman to have an opinion these days. We have regressed in so many ways

  5. Bam says:

    Wow people are freaking crazy. There was no need for that sort of response at all. These people scare me because they can vote.

  6. Naya says:

    The last thing the fanboys want is their sex fantasy to have a mind of her own, even the slightest hint of an opinion about anything even vaguely political will get a starlet ripped to shreds. Its happened to Emma Watson and Jennifer Lawrence. I remember Shailene Woodley saying something about how livestock are bred and the Reddit boys going rabid with hatred.

  7. Sam says:

    That’s insane. She didn’t even advocate for any specific laws. How do they even know that she wants actual purchase restrictions? There are people who believe that gun violence is best addressed through other types of laws other than purchase restrictions. Maybe I could see people taking exception if she had been invective, but she seems like she actually went out of her way not to be. I wonder if this is some kind of trolling thing like with Leslie Jones. Were people that pissed about the new Star Wars?

  8. Lucy says:

    Her instagram was great and she’s obviously lovely. Poor Daisy. Some people are the f*cking worst.

    • Brandy Armstrong says:

      This! So sad & ridiculous that an innocent comment – bc it was innocent & touching- gets such uncensored hate to cause her to leave social media. I hope she hears about all of the REST of us who support her & think she’s awesome

  9. thaliasghost says:

    Genuinely upset over this because I welcomed a woman openly thematizing endometriosis on social media. She’s not even American, those gun nutters should take a minute to reflect that European positions differ greatly from theirs.

    • Kathleen says:

      Thalia, I just said the same thing below! Women’s health and all the intensely difficult things that can go with it are still such a stigma and it’s awful. We need more women who genuinely struggle with these problems being able to speak out. Daisy was so brave to talk about it and I wanted to cry realizing that now we’ve lost that support line. :(

  10. Kitten says:

    I really like her a lot so this obviously angers me but doesn’t surprise me in the least.

    Man, the ugly faction of regressives in the US are so hell-bent on spreading their fear-based hate, that they’ll attack anyone. Very sad.

    • Squirrelgirl says:

      She did a post about supporting LBQT rights and she was completely blasted on there too.

  11. Kathleen says:

    The worst part about this is that Daisy Ridley is one of the only public voices out there in celeb culture for endometrious, PCOS etc. It was so brave of her to post about that on instagram. Women’s health issues including endometrious, PCOS, pelvic floor disorder, myofascial pelvic pain are still these hushed things that women are told to ignore or worse are “in their heads.” There are so few resources of support for women suffering from this kind of thing. These are invisible illnesses that can cause extreme depression and, in some cases, cause women to contemplate suicide. People think it’s just “acne” but they don’t realize that these struggles can interfere with your ability to have pain free sexual intercourse, your fertility, your ability to have a safe delivery if you DO Get pregnant, your weight, your self-esteem….your entire life. The treatments are painful and difficult. As someone who has gone through hell and back with this stuff, I openly cried seeing Daisy Ridley even open the conversation about this stuff on her instagram because young women NEED to see powerful, beautiful girls in media talking about this stuff so that it becomes less of a stigma and they can speak up and talk to Doctors if something feels off. So the fact that this girl got chased of social media doesn’t just break my heart for Daisy but also for a community of women, myself included, who NEEDED to see a celeb help give face to this invisible illness that makes our lives a living hell.

    • Brandy Armstrong says:

      Wow. I had no idea she had spoken up & out about PCOS – something I have struggled with too since diagnosed 6 years ago – which makes me even sadder & madder about this story. I hope Instagram rolls out their “Taylor Swift” blocking service* for ALL females since we can’t have an honest thoughtful opinion about ANYTHING without harassment on ridiculous levels. I really really hope she comes back & we need to start a petition for Instagram to do what I just mentioned- enough is enough.

      *I’m going by a previous celebitchy post about TS getting it bc of snake emojis*

      P.S. I adore this comment community- never fails to give me hope, make me laugh and wish I had better sarcasm emojis

      • Kathleen says:

        @Brandy Armstrong, my thoughts are with you! STay strong, lady! I feel more and more hope whenever I see women talking about this stuff. I’ve definitely been through dark days. I also have dysmorphic premenstrual disorder so I become truly truly depressed/struggle with a lot of dark thoughts several days during my cycle. It’s a long hard road for those of us who deal with it. All of this stuff really is an invisible illness/disability and no one knows you are suffering and you just have to keep it inside. So when I saw Daisy post about that I thought…Ah…THANK GOD. So I’m just glad we can help each other.

  12. Anon says:

    So Instagtam helped Taylor Swift to remove a gazillion snake emojis but did nothing about this?

    • pikawho? says:

      I’ve said this before but Taylor is the Veruca Salt type who tantrums until she gets her way. She probably threatened to leave Instagram and hold them legally responsible for harassment unless they did something. Daisy doesn’t have that “power”.

    • Brandy Armstrong says:

      This!! Said something similar just above!

  13. HeyThere! says:

    @KATHLEEN your comment really hit home. As a woman who had a baby almost a year ago, sex is still horrible painful, I pee my pants if I sneeze or jump up and down. Everything I have read says pelvic floor issues but America has very little(from what I have read) to help this. Overseas is very ahead on women’s health(just from what I have been told and read). I just want my old body back. I want to enjoy sex. I want to sneeze and not be terrified that I’ll be in public when it happens…I honestly stay at my home at lot now. And since I didn’t look like a supermodel five weeks after giving birth, I often feel so much shame for struggling to drop 20 extra pounds I have gained from my baby. I hate that I feel like I’m hiding. Ugh. It’s a daily struggle. My husband is very understanding of my pelvic floor issues and still tells me how beautiful I am everyday but it’s still difficult to get my mind out of the cloudy, crappy self worth. The stuff I deal with on a daily bases its so easy to feel like I’m the only person in the world to deal with it. But it’s so nice when people speak out and you realize omg I’m not alone in this.

    • Kathleen says:

      @HeyThere….sweetie…you need to see a physical therapist! They can help you with this! It’s horrible that this is not more common place but please know that there at PT’s who are TRAINED to deal with women’s health issues including pelvic pain. I’m being genuine when I tell you that it SAVED MY LIFE. I was in the depths of depression before I found PT. They saved me. Google your local region and see if yo ucan find a PT practice that works on pelvic floor. I’m so sorry you are struggling. Just know you are not alone! xoxo

      • HeyThere! says:

        @KATHLEEN, thank you!! I will look into that ASAP. I am just so embarrassed and several girlfriends I have worked up the nerve to talk to had ZERO idea what I was talking about?! So isolating and frustrating. I would give anything for these issues to be over..thanks again for mentioning PT! Looking it up now!!!

  14. Dragonlady sakura says:

    Yes, how dare she have an opinion. She should just look pretty and agree with whatever people tell her to believe. 😑 Disgusting trolls!

  15. Lbliss says:

    A safe place for a women to voice her opinions is still Canada! Everyone welcome!

  16. TalkingAbout says:

    That’s sad. She really seems a cool person. I wish she keep holding her opinion. Being opinionated is a blessed thing, not a problem.

  17. pinetree13 says:

    Ugh I LOATHE America’s Gun Culture. Yes, god-forbid she feel bad about the countless slaughter of innocents in America everyday because “all the people need guns all the time”

    I’m so sad she let them chase her off instagram. She should have just hired those professionals that delete stuff for you.

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