Fame has always been a double-edged sword. While many seek the validation and admiration of strangers as an initial motivation, the realities of stardom take many by surprise—and not in a good way. It’s even worse in the Internet age when random trolls can find and verbally assault just about anyone, even those attempting to maintain a modicum of privacy.
Such was the case for both Daisy Ridley and Kelly Marie Tran, co-stars of The Force Awakens, who each deleted their Twitter accounts after ruthless trolling. More recently, Ruby Rose quit Twitter after receiving underserved backlash over news that she had been cast as Batwoman in the CW’s Arrowverse. But this isn’t a phenomenon that only affects women, as Will Poulter has announced he’s stepping away from Twitter following a torrent of abuse he’s received following the release of Bandersnatch (a Black Mirror film).
The interactive flick hit Netflix in late December and was something of a “Choose Your Own Adventure” experience. Poulter played the platinum-haired programmer Colin Ritman and, while many lauded his performance, the amount of unnecessary negativity lobbed his way following the film’s release has proven too taxing on the actor’s sense of wellbeing.
Check out the video above from our friends at Looper which details the situation and includes Poulter’s “final” tweet. If you haven’t seen Bandersnatch for yourself yet, check out the trailer and synopsis below.
A young programmer starts to question reality when he adapts a mad writer’s fantasy novel into a video game.
What did you think of Bandersnatch on Netflix? Do you support Will Poulter’s decision to step away from social media for the sake of mental health? Let us know in the comments below or on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram!