Ruby Rose had something to say, and it was something powerful. After finding herself scrutinised for her physical appearance yet again, Rose took to social media to take the power back and speak up for herself.
After attending the premiere of Pitch Perfect 3 in Australia – her homeland, by the way – the actress and model found numerous media reports focusing on her skin, describing her as having acne, and also as anorexic.
There are so many problems with this. By reducing her to a bodily object, it takes the focus away from her worth and attributes as a person. And a person who’s pretty cool, too. What’s more, isn’t she allowed to look imperfect? Like, you know, every other human?
Rose didn’t shy away, facing the criticisms head on. Posting an Instagram story (which she then posted to Twitter), she wrote, “This acne belongs to me, not them, and you are welcome to it.” More pointedly, she said, “I posted my skin because it’s mine to post and not theirs to sell. I took my power back.” And we totally applaud her for doing so.
This was my insta story after having paps follow me into the airports to the gates telling me if I “ate something” maybe they wouldn’t have to do that and to “remember where I came from” I posted my skin because it’s mine to post and not theirs to sell. I took my power back. pic.twitter.com/L3kTT31uxf
— Ruby Rose (@RubyRose) December 4, 2017
She also spoke of the casualness with which certain media outlets bandy about quite serious terms. “They don’t care that they are using a term like anorexia as if it ISNT A SERIOUS AND DEADLY ILLNESS,” she wrote. “It is very important to know what an eating disorder is, to know how to speak about it properly when you have such a platform such as a national newspaper…. So from the bottom of my heart I am sorry if those stories triggered anything in anyone.” Being mindful of her fans and the effect such language may have on them, she added, “I don’t like when I see my fans attacked or stressed either.”
In response to all this, Rose decided to turn off commenting on her Instagram, stating, “I disabled my comments because when a publication will make endless stories about what the public thinks about my appearance then it’s gone too far.” We think she may be right on that one.
We’re sad to see her having such an awful experience, in a place you’d think she’d be more appreciated. “I never thought I’d see the day I’d leave my beautiful country balling my eyes out… when I was so excited to come home.” We hear you, Ruby. And we’re happy to see you taking back what’s yours.