Showrunner Eric Kripke Defends Erin Moriarty from Abuse by Toxic Fans

Showrunner Eric Kripke Defends Erin Moriarty from Abuse by Toxic Fans

The Boys is one of the most popular superhero series in the world, and its fourth season premiered on June 13, 2024, with the first three episodes. The season has been Certified Fresh so far and it is going strong, despite review-bombing by frustrated fans, who don’t like the political context of the new season. The series has introduced many new concepts and novelties in this season, one of which is the increase in political messages in the story, which has not been welcomed by all fans, some of which have gone to the Internet to attack the cast and crew. Actress Erin Moriarty has been a particular target recently, being abused online by toxic fans, and in a recent interview, showrunner Eric Kripke commented on that issue and explained how and why he jumped right in to defend his main actress.

Kripke is known for reacting on social media from time to time, but he has also provided us with numerous background information in a series of recent interviews, so it’s always interesting to see and hear what he has to say about the show and this confirmation is certainly interesting.

In a talk he had with Variety, Kripke discussed numerous topics, among which was the abuse Erin Moriarty experienced by some of the fans. This happened a couple of years ago when Moriarty was severely abused by toxic fans. When asked to comment on it, Moriarty said the following:

“I do feel paralyzed. 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). So with that I say: a) thank you to @butcherscanary b) this does break my heart — I’ve opened up a vein for this role and the misogynistic trolling is exactly what this role (Annie) would speak out against and c) 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.”

Source: Variety

Back then, Kripke – as showrunner – was quick to react and he slammed the toxic haters in a very direct and harsh message, standing behind his actress:

This is Kripke at his finest and in the recent Variety interview, he was actually asked to comment on that event, which he gladly did:

When Erin Moriarty spoke out last year about being attacked by some of the fandom you tweeted, I’m going to quote it, “Hi trolls. One, this is literally the opposite of the show’s fucking message. Two, you’re causing pain to real people with real feelings. Be kind. If you can’t be kind, then eat a bag of dicks, fuck off to the sun and don’t watch ‘The Boys.’ We don’t want you.”

Yeah, that is a thing that I said!

Incredible. What made you do that and how was it received?

First question, why I did it, is I’m really protective of my actors. They’re all really good people, and you start to feel like their dad in a way. And she was genuinely hurt, and really upset. I just felt like, “Fuck them!” I was genuinely angry. I can’t say I put a lot of careful thought into it.

I just was pissed that they were coming after one of my actors. And yeah, actually the response was strangely positive. I think there was just a lot of people that watched that stuff from afar and is just like, “That’s bullshit. I get that that person is in the public eye, and you’re allowed to say, I like that performance. I don’t like that performance. I like that show. I don’t like that show. That actor works for me. They don’t work for me.”

Obviously, we all do. But when it starts to become these personal attacks on who they are, and when fucking Megyn Kelly wants to talk about it, it’s really not fair because they’re not in a position that they can fight back. So yeah, all the trolls really can eat a bag of dicks and fuck off to the sun. I reiterate that comment.

Source: Variety

And that’s Kripke for you. He did an amazing thing back then and he is doing an excellent job as The Boys‘ showrunner, and we can only support such reactions in which he defends his actors from abuse.

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