Heughan said the criticism has come to a head over his isolating in Hawaii during the coronavirus outbreak. He said he traveled to Hawaii before situation grew serious. “I'm nervous to take 3-5 flights back to the UK, around 20 hours on several planes, exposing myself to more danger, to be stuck in a city," he said. “Upon the advice of everyone I trust, I decided to remain in a safe environment. It was a good decision.”
The posts inspired the devoted fans of “Outlander” to start the hashtag #IStandWithSam, and he's received hundreds of tweets of support. Heughan said he can not elaborate on most of the abuse he has received for legal reasons, but said people in his position should not have to tolerate the hate they get on social media.
“As an actor in these time, we feel impotent," he said. "We can’t do much but I have tried to use what leverage I have to provide a voice to charities that need it and hopefully a little entertainment or light relief. For those still unhappy I suggest you unfollow."