In the lead up to the Irish gay marriage referendum in Ireland last week, which wonderfully passed with an overwhelming majority, celebrities far and wide had something to say on the matter.
A voice that particularly stood out was that of the confident Evanna Lynch, otherwise known as Luna Lovegood in the magical Harry Potter series. If you need subtle reminding, she was the quirky blonde girl with some of the most eccentric opinions at Hogwarts. Despite often being a subject of ridicule for her bizarre demeanor and beliefs in nargles, blibbering humdingers and wrackspurts, she was always kind, was never afraid to stick to her guns and always spoke her mind.
Check her out in action:
Indeed, it seems that actress Evanna Lynch took a page out of Luna's book and did just the same in real-life, going out of her way to slam down on some trolls of the human variety.
Last Sunday, Evanna took to her Facebook to write a lengthy message to all homophobic trolls online, calling on the wisdom and courage of her Hogwarts alter-ego.
It all began when she took to her Instagram to celebrate the legalization of same-sex marriage in Ireland. Sadly, a number of commentators flooded the post with a barrage of hate mail. In response, she wrote an open letter in which she banished all haters from following her. She wrote:
"I am making a special request to all of you today in light of an ugly Instagram thread that is really bothering me [...] Simply, if you are someone who perceives homosexuality as 'disgusting' or 'f--ked up' or 'unnatural,' will you do me a kindness and please unfollow me on all social media platforms. And then block me."
"I believe in always promoting a positive message"
She then went on to explain that she had no time to engage in "verbal morality battles" over the issue of marriage equality. She said:
"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. I believe in always promoting a positive message and I don't want your poison all over my carefully curated wall of light and positivity."
Indeed, she claimed that while people are entitled to their own opinions, they should not be threatening or aggressive to anyone else.
"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 [...] If you can't handle this concept, then kindly LEAVE my page. [...] There are other fiercer, more articulate, more outspoken, and more controversial figures who lead the LQBTQ+ community and will gladly engage in fiery debate with you, will be fueled and energized by your anger and vitriol even...I cannot deal with this kind of venom, and more to the point it is wasted energy on your part to put it here."
"Luna Lovegood's love is a GOOD kind of love"
However, the best part was when she drew attention to her Hogwarts persona, stating:
“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. [...] Luna Lovegood's love is a GOOD kind of love. It is not conditional or possessive or needy or demanding. It doesn't fall apart the moment you expose a piece of yourself that is unconventional or even unbecoming."
Evanna then ended the post with a bang, concluding:
“If you are one of the people who bred hate or revulsion or shame on my instagram post today then you clearly haven't thought very deeply about what I or Luna Lovegood represent and it's time for you to unfollow.”
It seems Evanna certainly doesn't need a wand or a powerful Patronus spell to combat her enemies. Hermione would be proud!
In our society, there is already so much hate and anger that this influx of online trolling should not be tolerated. Evanna is totally right when she urges us to instead work together to promote positive change and equality.
Whether or not you are an LGBTQ rights supporter yourself, her words have undoubtedly struck a chord with all of us. You are wonderful, Evanna!