Evanna Lynch, (aka Luna Lovegood in the Harry Potter films), may be soft-spoken, but when it comes to telling off some Internet trolls, the 23-year-old is pretty sharp-tongued.
On Saturday, 60 percent of Ireland’s voters in the mostly Catholic country approved same-sex marriage by referendum, the Huffington Post reported. Evanna, who has been vocal in support of marriage equality in the past, took to Instagram to celebrate the milestone with this image.
Enter the trolls.
Quite a few of them were none too happy about the new law, and Lynch essentially told the trolls that not only was she disgusted with their opinions, but they were also not welcome to follow her anywhere on social media, a “carefully curated wall of light and positivity,” the Irish Independent reported.
Evanna proceeded to take down the trolls in an epic, eloquent 3,336-word post on Facebook, E! Online added.
Got fed up of trolls. Wrote them a special loving post <3 <3 https://t.co/lM9BPkv2JI— Evanna Lynch (@Evy_Lynch) May 24, 2015
“If I was someone who wanted to devote her life to fighting this fight to expand people’s minds on the definition of marriage and to break down … prejudices towards homosexuality I would probably encourage this constant antagonistic debate and I would invite the radicals to do verbal morality battles with me. But this is not my life’s purpose, it’s just life as I see it, something I endorse and the nasty, scathing and downright cruel remarks just Wear. Me. Out
Please don’t for a second pin the intolerance and hatred you spread on ‘religion’ for no religion endorses the darkness you’re spreading. It is possible to not like the idea of homosexuality, to find it a wholly alien, uncomfortable concept and to NOT impose this view on the people it affects and above all to NOT shame people for the way they are.”
Beautifully Said by Evanna Lynch. All you homophobes out there, read and take the message. Feel free to begone... http://t.co/dXKLPFZGOI— Esha Karim (@Aryan_Albatross) May 27, 2015
At the same time, Lynch acknowledged the undercurrent of uncomfortable social change in Ireland — represented by Saturday’s historic vote — that may have inspired the trolls to lash out on her Instagram account, noting that she has plenty of friends who find homosexuality a “wholly alien, uncomfortable concept,” but keep their opinions to themselves as they struggle with balancing what they believe against “this changing society.”
(Lynch’s entire post can be found on Gay Star News)
And yet, Evanna noted, she still has respect for them, because they don’t spread “scathing and cruel” comments that make others feel ashamed and oppressed. Lynch also questioned why these Internet trolls even bothered following her on social media in the first place — after all, she is most well-known as the quirky, wonderfully tolerant and kind Luna in Harry Potter.
Obviously, these trolls haven’t learned any lessons from her character.
“Luna is a character who accepts all people and creatures in all forms, loves them for exactly what they are and who is constantly in awe at the diversity, strangeness and newness of each being she encounters. Did you ever wonder why she stares openly, unblinkingly and for uncomfortable periods of time at people? It’s because she is literally falling in love with an odd shaped freckle on their nose, the quirky way they pronounce ‘asked’, the uncontainable awkwardness they can’t hide for a beat longer under such loving scrutiny … Luna Lovegood’s love is a GOOD kind of love. It is not conditional or possessive or needy or demanding.”
Well said, Evanna.
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