Emma Corrin Says Hateful Comments For Being Nonbinary Are “Worse Than I Anticipated”

Being one of the most visible nonbinary celebrities in the world has come with some challenges for Emma Corrin. In a recent interview with Harper’s Bazaarthe English actor opened up about some of the hatred they’ve experienced since coming out in 2022.

“The vitriol is worse than I anticipated,” said Corrin, who will make their Marvel Cinematic Universe debut in July as the villain Cassandra Nova. “Even though we like to think we’re in a progressive society, a lot of what we’re seeing is increasingly a step back,” they said.

Corrin went on to explain that people follow them on social media after seeing them onscreen and “think I’m one kind of person, and then they’ll see who I actually am and how I present.” Corrin didn’t go into detail about the hateful comments they receive, but expressed disbelief. “I will never understand why. Who are you hurting by being yourself? Why am I controversial?” Corrin added that they thought that the hate resulted from “absolute fear.”

Elsewhere in their interview, Corrin discussed how their tattoos relate to their gender, explaining that they first started getting inked as they began exploring their identity. Corrin pointed to the significance behind one of their tattoos, which depicts a house on a planet, as a reference to An Apartment on Uranus by trans writer and theorist Paul B. Preciado. In the book, Preciado describes dreaming of a place “where he might live beyond existing power, gender and racial strictures invented by modernity,” according to the book’s official synopsis. “That book was fundamental to me,” Corrin told Harper’s Bazaar.

Corrin has previously spoken about the negative reactions that they’ve received for being out as nonbinary. “It took me aback how much hate I got for that,” they told Vanity Fair.

“But for a lot of people, it did help. Especially around conversation of gender and stuff, it does help a lot of people to see someone living as a nonbinary person in the world,” they told VFadding that they were motivated to stay on social media because of how other accounts had helped them.

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