April 23, 2018

Daisy Ridley quits Instagram

Daisy Ridley

Daisy Ridley has quit Instagram.

The ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ actress deleted her account on the photo sharing website after she was slammed for a post about gun violence.

After the Teen Choice Awards paid tribute to victims during Sunday’s (31.07.16) ceremony, Daisy took to Instagram to write: “Thinking about how lucky I am like . . . Serious bit: 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 on stage but they were so brave. It was a true moment of togetherness. We must ‪#‎stoptheviolence‬ (sic).”

Daisy was slammed by pro-gun commenters and swiftly deleted her account and an identical message on Facebook.

However, she returned to Instagram briefly to write: “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 added: “I always appreciate the support and love the Instagram community! X (sic).”

Fans contacted Daisy’s ‘Star Wars’ co-star John Boyega to implore him to get her back on the platform but, according to Vanity Fair, he said: “She’s doing what’s best for her. I won’t be advising my friend to come back. Sorry.

“Can’t do that. She makes her own decisions and as a friend I support her right to.”

Daisy’s message came after Jessica Alba called for the end to gun violence at the Teen Choice Awards.

The 35-year-old actress made an emotional speech at the ceremony, which was held at The Forum in Inglewood, Los Angeles, where she was joined on stage by a group of teenagers whose loved ones were slain in shootings in San Bernardino, California; Newton, Connecticut; and Orlando, Florida.

She asked viewers to tweet the hashtag #StopTheViolence and said: “Together, we stand with these teens. Now more than ever, we need to stop, feel and ask what’s going on.

“It keeps happening, and it has to stop.”

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