Daisy Ridley has left Instagram, and taken a break from social media after a backlash for sharing a post about victims of gun violence, on Monday.
A day after attending the Teen Choice awards, during which Jessica Alba paid tribute to victims of gun violence by having young relatives of shooting victims join her on stage, Ridley posted a message to her social media platforms, which read:
“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 onstage but they were so brave. It was a true moment of togetherness. We must #stoptheviolence.”
A slew of comments followed. Many praised the actor’s words, while some criticized her for speaking out, accusing her of hypocrisy due to the violence in the Star Wars franchise.
Soon after, Ridley’s Instagram account disappeared. The message remained on Facebook, where she has more than 738,000 followers, before being deleted on Wednesday. A number of comments on her Facebook post urged her to return to Instagram where she regularly interacts with fans.
Ridley briefly reactivated her Instagram account and posted a message explaining her hiatus: “I just want to be on my phone less! Trying to be more present and all that and got a busy few months ahead so wanted less distractions … It’s all good! 🙂” she wrote, according to The Nerdy Bird.
Since first joining Instagram a year ago, Ridley has frequently used the social media channel to connect with her fans on a variety of issues, including self-esteem, body-shaming and her struggles with endometriosis.
Her Star Wars co-star John Boyega told his fans on Instagram that Ridley “is doing what’s best for her” and added that he “won’t be advising [his] friend to come back”.
Ridley isn’t the only celebrity to leave social media after online attacks. Leslie Jones, one of the stars of Paul Feig’s contested Ghostbusters reboot, took a break from Twitter after being bombarded with racist comments around the time of the blockbuster’s release. Twitter stepped in and permanently banned a user for his abuse aimed toward Jones. The actor has since come back to Twitter.