Ruby Rose has been cast as the new DC superhero Batwoman for The CW, according to multiple news reports. Introduced to U.S. audiences as Stella in Orange Is the New Black, Rose has since become a household name by starring in films like Pitch Perfect 3, The Meg, and John Wick. And we are stoked to see Rose chosen as the lead for the new DC series.
According to Variety, Rose’s character is an out lesbian and highly trained street fighter, and she is set to make her debut in the annual crossover event in four of the network’s DC shows: The Flash, Arrow, Legends of Tomorrow, and Supergirl.
Identifying as gender fluid, Rose is an obvious choice to play an openly LGBTQ superhero—she is one in real life. Not only is Rose a fierce advocate for the LGBTQ community, supporting marriage equality and speaking on behalf of gender-nonconforming people; she’s also an outspoken vegan animal rights activist.
Last year, after President Trump’s decision to reverse former president Obama’s climate change initiatives and the Department of Energy’s decision to avoid phrases like “climate change” and “emissions reduction” in official communications, Rose tweeted to her 1.3 million followers to “turn vegan or at least vegetarian” to fight climate change.
Trump changes to Climate change today have you feeling ill?? May I suggest turning vegan or at least vegetarian? We can be the change.— Ruby Rose (@RubyRose) March 29, 2017
More recently, while on a media tour for her new film The Meg, Rose spoke about why she had made the switch to veganism on an episode of Shark After Dark during Discovery’s annual Shark Week. She explained:
I used to get something called “shark fin soup” and I didn’t know. … I said to my mom, “Wait, is this made out of an actual shark’s fin?” and she was like, “Oh no, darling, of course not.” ... I later found out that it was and ended up being so sad that I cried for three weeks. … I thought that it was even worse that they just cut the fins off and the sharks were out there not able to move. … That really scared me and I used to have nightmares that they were finless in the ocean and I couldn’t eat any fish ever again.
Continuing her media tour, Rose did an interview with Glamour. When asked what her idea of hell on earth was, she said:
Being a chicken in a cage like a farm chicken. I’m vegan so I feel like I’ve watched too many documentaries and rewatching Dirty Money and Rotten have really just put in my mind again how bad it is.
Knowing that animals suffer immensely has been one of the driving forces behind Rose’s veganism. She stocks her fridge with products from Miyoko’s Kitchen, Daiya, Field Roast, Kite Hill, Follow Your Heart, and So Delicious. And she’s trying to get some of her celeb friends to go vegan as well!
Former OITNB co-stars Laverne Cox and Danielle Brooks have gone vegan and it could be because of Rose’s influence. We know for sure that Rose had an influence on Nina Dobrev’s decision to eat more vegan foods.
Rose is making others think twice about what they put on their plates. Time and time again, we’ve seen celebrities create waves of interest in veganism for health, the environment, or animals. When celebrities like Ruby Rose, Beyoncé, Drake, Miley Cyrus, Liam Hemsworth, and Zac Efron go vegan, they inspire others to make the switch.
Whether talking about veganism during Shark Week, in a tweet, or in an interview, vegan celebrities help create a kinder world for farmed animals.
From throwing chicks into macerators to tearing baby cows from their mothers, factory farmers routinely and legally abuse animals. Like Rose said, it’s really hell on earth for farmed animals.
Fortunately, you can make the compassionate decision to leave all animal products off your plate and end your support of this inhumane industry. Get started today!
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