The actress of Star Wars Kelly Marie Tran, who plays Rose Tico in Star Wars: The Last Jedi, deleted her Instagram posts, saying that it was due to harassment.
The actress has not publicly revealed the reason behind deleting her posts, but something strange is written in her bio of Instagram, it reads:
“Afraid, but doing it anyway.”
The 29-year-old actress played her first major role in Star Wars: The Last Jedi. She’s the first Asian-American woman to have a lead role in a Star Wars franchise. The actress started receiving online racist abuse in December 2017 when The Last Jedi premiered.
In December, Rose Tico bio on the Star Wars FANDOM page Wookieepedia was edited by a user. He included racist and deprecatory words, including changing the character’s name to “Ching Chong Wing Tong.”
“FANDOM has a zero-tolerance policy for vandalism, inclusive of racism and harassment,” – the site told Newsweek in December adding that the user has been banned from the site.
“The wiki admins take this very seriously and took the steps to resolve this situation as quickly as possible, including escalation to our team, and subsequent lockdown. This lockdown will remain for the foreseeable future and we will be closely monitoring activity on this wiki.”
These kinds of attacks also surrounded The Force Awakens as people lobbed sexist comments at Daisy Ridley, who plays Rey, and racist comments at John Boyega, who plays Finn.
Following the news director Rian Johnson and actor Luke Skywalker himself call out angry Star Wars, fans who attacked the actress online.
Mark Hamill, who plays Luke Skywalker in the Star Wars franchise tweeted a photo with Marie Tran saying, “What’s not to love? #GetALifeNerds”
The director of The Last Jedi, Rian Johnson called the suggestion that the activity was merely showing dislike for The Last Jedi, disingenuous bulls—t in his tweet.
Johnson called the people “manbabies” who would harass an actress over a role.
The Last Jedi collected a sad amount of criticism from people.