Back in 2022, actor Erin Moriarty -- best known for playing the superhero Starlight on The Boys -- wrote on her Instagram about how she's felt "silenced" and "dehumanized" by people writing derogotory comments about her appearance online. "I've opened up a vein for this role and this kind of trolling is exactly what this role (Annie) would speak out against," she wrote. "[E]veryone'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."
That's a mature tack to take, and maturity is needed, because the comments about Moriarty's appearance have not let up. Recently, people have come down on her for allegedly getting plastic surgery; although some have defended the actor, you don't have to look hard to find people bemoaning her choices.
And all of this is based on the perception that Moriarty has had surgery, not the truth. In fact, certified plastic Anthony Youn opined on YouTube that in his professional opinion, "I don't think she's had any major surgery done." He attributes the perceived differences in older and newer pictures of Moriarty mostly to angles, lighting and makeup.
Ultimately, whether Moriarty has or hasn't had surgery doesn't matter -- she's free to do what she likes -- but the idea that this most recent dogpile may be based on a mistake of fact, at least in the opinion of a qualified professional, underlines how little reason people often need to write in an objectifying and disparaging way about strangers on the internet.
As for The Boys, the fourth season is due out sometime this year on Amazon Prime Video.