Olivia Munn let rip on a ‘f**king idiot’ troll who criticised her for making a scientific breakthrough ‘about gender and race’.
The actress, 38, locked horns with one of her followers after the first ever photograph of a black hole was released on Wednesday, with the landmark discovery deemed one of the greatest breakthroughs of the century.
Shortly after the news broke, the screen star took to Instagram to celebrate the work of MIT grad student Katie Bouman, who developed the groundbreaking algorithm to help produce the new image.
Hitting out: Olivia Munn took to Instagram to celebrate the first ever image of a black hole being released on Wednesday, but was forced to defend herself against a troll who accused her of making it all about ‘gender and race
But Olivia was forced to defend herself against a troll who accused her of making it all about ‘gender and race’, telling her critics to get ‘in the black hole’ themselves in an amusing series of replies.
The actress shared a picture of Katie alongside a moving caption, thanking her for inspiring people everywhere.
She wrote: ‘We got the first-ever image of a black hole because of an amazing team led by MIT grad student Katie Bouman, who helped create the algorithm that made the image possible.
‘The algorithm stitches together a network of eight linked telescopes that form the Event Horizon Telescope. Congratulations and THANK YOU, Katie! You’re an inspiration to so many people.’
Olivia’s followers were quick to comment, lauding Katie as an ‘inspiration’ and praising her incredible achievement.
Praise: Olivia shared a pictured of MIT grad student Katie Bouman, who developed the groundbreaking algorithm to help produce the new image
Inspirational: Unlikely science fan Olivia, 38, shared a picture of Katie alongside a moving caption, thanking her for inspiring people everywhere
Landmark moment: The image of the supermassive black hole at the core of galaxy M87 was obtained by combining eight radio dishes around the world into one global telescope.=
However, one Instagram user responded to the post with, ‘is everything gender or race related’.
Olivia fired back: ‘@junior.willz Wow. I didn’t say anything about her race or gender. But clearly that’s all you see. I’m gonna take a wild guess that you’re a f**ing idiot. Am I right?’.
As everyone rushed in to support Olivia, another social media user tried to clarify what the first troll had said.
They posted: ‘he’s saying she wouldn’t have said anything if a man had done this. It would have just been another day for science’.
Amazing: Olivia fired back at her critics who accused her of making it all about ‘gender and race’, telling her critics to get ‘in the black hole’ themselves in an amusing series of replies
Olivia was ready for action again, hitting out: ‘@j_frost93 you have no way of saying what I would do. Like right now I’m going to tell you to go f**k yourself. Bet you didn’t predict that.’
One of her fans was delighted by her response, chiming in: ‘@oliviamunn I knew ! I knew you wouldn’t let this ass get away with his ignorant comment!!! Maybe he belongs in a black hole and should stay there perhaps? Asking for a friend.’
Olivia joked: ‘@geniawalter Yup. Put him in the black hole. Answering for a friend.’
Show of support: MIT student Katie’s achievement was celebrated by hundreds of Olivia’s followers
While a black hole itself is by its nature invisibly dark, astronomers can observe the Event Horizon maelstrom with sufficiently powerful instruments.
The image of the supermassive black hole at the core of galaxy M87 was obtained by combining eight radio dishes around the world into one global telescope.
It shows a thick ring of light surrounding a dark centre.
Nothing like this photo has ever been obtained before. Previously, scientists have only been able to visualise black holes in simulations.
Katie, the MIT graduate student who led the development of the new algorithm to help produce the new image, likened it to ‘taking an image of a grapefruit on the moon, but with a radio telescope’.
Taking a stand: Olivia isn’t shy about speaking up about important issues and has gained a strong social media following for her candour
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