On Tuesday, the actor went to her Instagram and shared a piece written by a fan titled, “#IStandWithStarlight?: The betrayal of Erin Moriarty by The Boys ‘fans’.” The article highlights the online vitriol that has been growing towards Moriarty from her role as Starlight, including comments that grossly dissected the actor’s appearance.
“I do feel silenced. I do feel dehumanized. I do feel paralyzed,” said Moriarty in her caption for the Instagram post. “I’ve put blood, sweat, and tears into this role (over & over & over again). I’ve grown UP in this character’s shoes (*emphasis on grown up—we change & evolve mentally AND physically).”
After thanking @butcherscanary, the writer of the article, Moriarty added, “this does break my heart—I’ve opened up a vein for this role and this kid of trolling is exactly what this role (Annie) would speak out against.”
She finished off her post by saying, “Everyone’s going through their own battle(s); let’s not add to that. I will never intentionally (and ESPECIALLY) publicly add to yours. This has only strengthened my empathy muscle and to anyone who comes at me: I see you, I don’t hate you, I only empathize and forgive.”
Underneath the post, support from Moriarty’s The Boys co-stars and crew filled the comment section. “Love you Erin,” wrote Jack Quaid, who plays Hughie Campbell in the series. “We’re all here for you. You’re such an incredible talented force of nature and I consider myself incredibly lucky to know you. Keep shining bright. Leave the trolls to us. We got your back.”