In a fan article on her IG page titled “#IStandWithStarlight?: The Betrayal of Erin Moriarty by The Boys Fans,” Erin Moriarty describes feeling a lot like her character, Starlight – “silenced” and “dehumanized.” among other things. The fan piece “#IStandWithStarlight” also reflected this sentiment.
“As it turns out, you can devote an entire season of a television show to examining how the toxicity of masculinity oppresses and controls women, and apparently the majority of audiences still won’t apply the lessons learned — or worse, didn’t realize there were.” no message at all,” writes the article’s author, IG user @butcherscanary. “The harassment feels all the worse given the context of her role as the show’s starlight, a silenced and sexualized woman dressed like a celebrity silver screen treated as a human being with their own thoughts and feelings,” they said. “But Annie is fictional and Erin is not. The agony for her doesn’t end when the credits roll because there’s no shutting down gives.” The user later says, “Though I’m sure her male colleagues have to endure unwarranted criticism, the obsession with unsurpassed in appearance and level of objectification.”
Moriarty writes in the post caption that she agrees with @butcherscanary on the backlash from fans and describes how it made her feel. “I feel silenced. I feel dehumanized. I feel paralyzed,” says Moriarty. “I put my blood, sweat and tears into this role (over and over and over again), I’ve grown up in this character’s shoes (*emphasis on growing up – we’re changing and evolving mentally AND physically).” Moriarty later adds added: “It breaks my heart.” But she has no plans to continue to accept fan abuse.