Melissa Benoist‘s fans are showing their support for the actress after her ex-husband Blake Jenner addressed her allegations of domestic abuse, eleven months after she spoke out.
The 28-year-old Supergirl and Glee actress previously revealed that she’s a survivor of domestic abuse, which she suffered at the hands of a younger partner.
Blake posted an open letter on his Instagram account today (October 8) in which he said that he spent the past 11 months trying to figure out how to respond. He took “full responsibility and accountability for the hurt that” he inflicted, but he also made some serious allegations against Melissa.
Now, Melissa‘s fans are making it clear who they believe and they got #IStandWithMelissa trending on Twitter. At the time of this posting, the trend is number seven on the list of all trends in the United States.
Many fans are accusing Blake of victim blaming for saying that he’s a victim in this situation.
One fan said, “Blake Jenner waited over a year to make a statement only to victim blame Melissa Benoist and make himself look like the real victim? And only a few weeks after she welcomed her newborn? His manipulative and victim blaming ‘apology’ means nothing. #IStandWithMelissa.”
Another fan said, “It’s important to support Melissa now more than ever, with her abuser doing what abusers do best – trying to manipulate and pull sympathy. 6 months later, when he thinks people will have forgotten her initial words. Fuck him. Believe survivors #istandwithmelissa.”
Click inside to read lots of tweets from fans…
he literally just said „yeah i abused her but…” this is so wrong and so disgusting he should be in prison rn #istandwithmelissa
— Vic ミ☆ (@klauspuppy) October 8, 2020
#IStandWithMelissa It took guts and a whole lot of bravery to be able to share her story with the world. And now, when she just became a mom and celebrated her first wedding anniversary with her love, her abuser is opening up old wounds. That girl is a hero and an inspiration♥️
— Alex 🖤 (@karamelsblanket) October 8, 2020
It’s important to support Melissa now more than ever, with her abuser doing what abusers do best – trying to manipulate and pull sympathy. 6 months later, when he thinks people will have forgotten her initial words. Fuck him. Believe survivors #istandwithmelissa
— Jazzfordshire (@jazzfordshire) October 8, 2020
#IStandWithMelissa because domestic violence survivors deserve better than having their brave voices be drowned by the abusers’ cheap sympathy gain stunt
— T ♡ (@aGHOSTappeared) October 8, 2020
He chose to say something now that the survivor of his abuse has began to heal & just had a kid. So many things wrong with his post but I’ll just say that she never named him. He indirectly did & then tried to take responsibility while also blaming the victim. #IStandWithMelissa
— Myrto (@kaleluvers) October 8, 2020
Blake Jenner waited a year to come back with a counter argument against Melissa Benoist.
After she’s happily married, settled down & had a healthy, beautiful baby boy.
On top of that, he twisted the story in his favour, GASLIGHTING AT ITS FINEST.#IStandWithMelissa
— Nat ミ☆ (@brie_sparkles) October 8, 2020
Blake Jenner waited over a year to make a statement only to victim blame Melissa Benoist and make himself look like the real victim? And only a few weeks after she welcomed her newborn? His manipulative and victim blaming “apology” means nothing. #IStandWithMelissa
— 𝓪𝓁𝒾𝒶𝓈 (@itsjustanx) October 8, 2020
Y’all better support Melissa extra fucking hard now because you know there’s gonna be men who want to sympathize with B*ake and villainize Mel.
I stand with Melissa. I will always stand with Melissa. #IStandWithMelissa
— kayla🎃 (@lifeonkayla) October 8, 2020
The fucking audacity to come out & admit your actions, then blame it on being “broken” & thinking that’s justified?? But then turn around & word for word accuse her of the same shit you did to her?? And say “I’ve changed” fucking manipulation 101 you sick fuck #IStandWithMelissa
— Margot Robbie’s Whore🥀 (@its_rachyx3) October 8, 2020
I stand with victims of abuse, which can be of any gender. This is not about saying men can’t be victims, it’s about saying the abusers don’t get to say they’re victims too#IStandWithMelissa pic.twitter.com/QqHm21aWdP
— 📸 you know 📌 (@PicsByKatieMcG) October 8, 2020