"There are enough Jewish women, and enough lesbians, that they should have been able to find a Jewish lesbian to play Batwoman."
Actress Ruby Rose was revealed Tuesday to have been cast as a lesbian Batwoman in an upcoming CW television series, but some liberals were not satisfied.
The character -- based on a comic book version of Batwoman, whose real name is Kate Kane -- will be the first openly gay TV superhero lead. Kane is a lesbian Jewish street fighter who must fight her own demons along with the enemies of social justice.
The role of a dark and brooding gay superhero would not seem to be much of a stretch for Rose. She
A fair number of social media users were impressed with the similarities, and praised the CW for its casting choice.
THIS IS SO GOOD, YOU GUYS.— jess(ica drew), venomfucker (@rogersodinson) August 7, 2018
BIG OL' LESBIAN KATE KANE, AKA BATWOMAN, WILL BE PLAYED BY A GENDERFLUID, GAY ACTOR.
I AM ASCENDING. pic.twitter.com/ChlAa7xMrV
However, many liberals thought the CW should have gone further. Some wondered why Batwoman still had to be white.
(yes I'm excited for a lesbian batwoman but I'm still sad about how every titular superhero in the arrowverse is white, and I think diverse representation needs to include other marginalized identities and not just white queer people)— Riley J. Dennis (@RileyJayDennis) August 8, 2018
Others were upset that Rose is not Jewish like the character.
Not only does ruby rose not identify as a lesbian but she’s not Jewish either. So...they basically lied about it wanting an actor that represented the diversity to stay true to who batwoman is and instead just picked a “hot” white person that isn’t too gay to offend the straights— Kristin | 濾™️ (@negative_purple) August 7, 2018
Really, numerous people made the point.
There are enough Jewish women, and enough lesbians, that they should have been able to find a Jewish lesbian to play Batwoman.#KeepKateJewish— 黎 Iz (@drnateheywood) August 7, 2018
The negative liberal reaction left some in disbelief.
I read an actual tweet that said in regards to Ruby Rose as Batwoman: "a Jewish actress is way more important then a lesbian actress because Jewish women are so underrepresented" and folks...— formerly friends with @thejewishdream (@david_wolkin) August 7, 2018
Meanwhile, conservative commentator Carmine Sabia caused a stir by complaining that white, male characters are no longer allowed on film.
Ruby Rose to star as the new lesbian Batwoman because you cannot have any straight, white male characters in 2018. Every new, or rebooted, character has to either be gay, female, black, Latino or more than one of those. Examples Magnum P.I., One Day At A Time, Roswell and more.— Carmine Sabia (@CarmineSabia) August 7, 2018
The Twitter brouhaha was part of a larger national debate that has intermittently raged of late over race, sex, power, and cultural representation.
An ascendant progressive contingent has loudly condemned the representation of people and cultures seen as disempowered by those seen as powerful. Actress
Rose did not directly address the controversy over her casting. Nor did she mention that also unlike Kane, she is Australian and vegan.