Fans had a lot of questions when it was revealed that Michelle Borth had been dropped from DCEU sequel Shazam! Fury of the Gods after director David F. Sandberg posted an image revealing the grown-up versions of the younger characters in their shiny new superhero outfits.
On one hand, it sort of makes sense that Grace Fulton would pull double duty as both iterations of Mary Bromfield, when the 24-year-old actress is a good few years older than the rest of the teenage cast members. Then again, 42-year-old Michelle Borth is in the same demographic as Zachary Levi, Adam Brody, D.J. Cotrona and Meaghan Good, all of whom are aged between 39 and 41, while Borth was reported to have signed a multi-picture deal to recur across the entire shared universe.
However, the star has now found herself targeted by cancel culture based on a social media post she made back in January that eulogized Ashli Babbitt, who was fatally shot by a police officer during the riots in the Capitol. As you can see below, a lot of people seem to be under the impression that this is the reason she’s absent from Fury of the Gods.
Michelle Borth victim #10000000 of studios getting unnecessarily political
— rhighbrow (@rhighbrow) June 23, 2021
It went from 'Michelle borth had a dumb take on a social issue' to 'michelle borth was at the capitol riots' real quick as if this is not her instagram also lmao pic.twitter.com/eTSeNLoyLT
— your dad (@luunchbox) June 23, 2021
Michelle Borth was fired from Shazam for having compassion over someone dying but Amber Heard who is a whole abuser is still working in DC. I’m so tired of these double standards https://t.co/TA5SR8JN9c
— Agnes?problematic era (@BuckyFearIess) June 22, 2021
To the two assholes in my mentions who are so offended over my tweet regarding Michelle Borth, this right here sums it up. I do NOT feel bad about it anymore ? https://t.co/apEIIdkNGD
— ? (@petalsforval) June 22, 2021
Nice knowing you, Michelle Borth. I enjoyed you on H50 and other things, but when you outed yourself as an insurrectionist, you're done. https://t.co/9zBmtfn93X
— Kevin Crossman (@KevinCrossman) June 22, 2021
It doesn't shock me at all that the #MichelleBorth fangirls are so quick to YASSS QUEEN their dumpster fire, even when she's emphatically in the wrong.
— random. (@filthylimericks) June 22, 2021
Another to cancel culture Michelle Borth to talking about Ashli Babbit
— ScarletDMC (@ComicsanDlove) June 22, 2021
I take back what I wrote yesterday – if they actually fired her over that post, I will definitely NOT see that movie.
I hope Michelle Borth is not going to let wokies tear her to shreds. Fighting back is an option now.
— kreese 1984 (@1984Kreese) June 22, 2021
imagine trying to cancel someone for mourning the loss of someone's life#MichelleBorth
— ZeeManCan (@ZeeManCan) June 22, 2021
For sure. Did you hear about Michelle Borth? They're trying to cancel her for writing a heartfelt post about a killed woman.
— Universalist Left-E ?????️?? (@PhuckSea) June 22, 2021
Have y’all not even looked at the rest of Michelle Borth’s Instagram? We really gonna judge off of one picture? Idk if she deserves that much hate yo. #Shazam
— Mr. AOC ⭐️⭐️ (@ASAP_July16) June 22, 2021
Empathy for a terrorist. Makes so much sense. Hey if someone doesn't like your social media posts they have a right to not want to work with you. Maybe that's what happened to her.
— Shamil Makeen (@ShamilMak) June 22, 2021
Those to have trawled through Borth’s Instagram and Twitter accounts seeking more ammunition to fire in her direction would have been greeted by posts celebrating Pride month, the Black Lives Matter movement and support for Hong Kong protesters seeking democracy, which counters the knee-jerk reaction in some corners labeling her as a pro-insurrection supporter of domestic terrorism. It’s a strange situation for sure, but as of yet there’s been no official word as to why she’s been replaced in Shazam! Fury of the Gods.
Source: Bounding Into Comics