Rosanna Arquette’s Twitter account is no more, thanks to the FBI telling her that she needed to do so for her own protection. But what did she do to put herself at so much risk? We’ll explain.
While celebs are usually known for advertising silly things like bottled water and vitamins on their social media accounts, others choose to use them as platforms to make their thoughts known about current political and social issues.
In this case, Arquette, the older sister of stars David and Patricia Arquette, used Twitter to express how she felt shame for being ‘born white and privileged’. She wrote, “I’m sorry I was born white and privileged. It disgusts me. And I feel so much shame.”
Although she meant well, it didn’t take long for her to start receiving ‘threatening and cruel’ backlash. That’s when the FBI chose to step in.
In an interview with The Wrap, she said that she switched her Twitter feed to only be visible to those who follow her and that, “Yes, I’m locked to protect myself. I was told by the FBI to lock it. up.” She remained silent on why the FBI gave her that specific advice and didn’t elaborate on how they got involved.
She also told The Wrap that, “there are toxic and very vicious people on social media. Threatening and cruel.” She also further explained her words on Twitter, saying, “I am privileged just because I’m white. I feel shame. Because of all of the violence that is happening in America and other racist countries.”
She continued, “I feel truly desolate at the bigotry and severe racism that we are witnessing in 2019.”
This isn’t the first time that Rosanna Arquette has made controversial headlines. She was one of the first women involved in calling out movie mogul Harvey Weinstein for the way he behaved towards women. She said that not following along with his wishes made her career suffer in the early ’90s.
She was key in helping to launch the #MeToo movement and said that a Boy’s Club exists that protects men. “The Boy’s Club is bigger than it ever has been,” she said. “So the attacks are really actually dangerous right now.”
Other celebrities have also suffered from similar, like when Sarah Jessica Parker almost quit Sex and the City because of ‘sexually-charged behavior’.