Internet Trolls Drive Star Wars’ Kelly Marie Tran Off Instagram
Can you actually call yourself a Star Wars fan if you're treating the actors this way?
Actress Kelly Marie Tran deleted her Instagram account after an onslaught of nonstop harassment from alt right trolls who claim to be Star Wars fans.
— Star Wars Facts (@SWTweets) June 5, 2018
“Star Wars: The Last Jedi” was a movie beset with controversies. A few of them were perfectly fair (what’s the matter? Dorks don’t like casino scenes in your space operas?) but very many of them came from a rabid fanbase which seemed to not only think it owned Star Wars, but that the entire trilogy was ruined not just by Rian Johnson, but also the diversity that the movie had. This bigotry and fan entitlement which, when you get down to it is really just entitled bigotry, led these individuals to harass the stars of the film nonstop, with a focus on Kelly Marie Tran, who brilliantly played Rose Tico, the pilot who is out to avenge the death of her twin sister and carry on a will they/ won’t they romance with John Boyega’s Finn in “Star Wars: The Last Jedi”.
I totally embarrassingly fanned out when I met Kelly Marie Tran. Rose Tico was unequivocally one of the highlights of The Last Jedi. You’d have to be an idiot to disagree with that.
— Kumail Nanjiani (@kumailn) June 5, 2018
Anyway, according to a Star Wars Twitter fan account, Kelly Marie Tran has been harassed by the above-entitled fans off of Instagram, which was before she left, a reserve of general humanity and sweetness given to the Star Wars franchise. It’s not great. Also, if these kind of fans are very worried about what’s ruining Star Wars… guys, it’s probably the kinds of fans who are set to make the movie franchise look like the hobby of a bunch of adults who are stuck in their ways and don’t want anyone to play with their toys. The movies — with their original characters, diversity and strong leaving of the past — are meant to rope in new fans and are succeeding.
I’m wondering if that’s the reason Solo didn’t perform as well. The new generation is done with those characters. They like Rey and Finn.
This is the fanbase that:
•Drove Jake Lloyd insane
•Made Hayden Christianson quit acting
•Made George Lucas not want to make any more movies
•Made Daisy Ridley delete her Instagram
•And recently made Kelly Marie Tran leave Instagram
I love Star Wars but fuck the fans https://t.co/yhApP7GVIH
— Nicholas Levi (@NicholasJLevi) June 4, 2018
Let's be honest here, Star Wars doesn't have a fandom problem: It has a white male fandom problem, and it's being stoked by the absolute worst aspects of bigoted gatekeeping that can't stand the idea of not being pandered to 100% of the time. https://t.co/USz1T2orog
— Kayleigh Donaldson (@Ceilidhann) June 5, 2018
so both Kelly Marie Tran and Daisy Ridley have deleted their Instagrams because of harassment. Congrats to Star Wars for having the trashiest goddamn fan base around https://t.co/oLC1EL7arc
— Alex Bruce-Smith (@alexbrucesmith) June 5, 2018
It’s no exaggeration to say Kelly Marie Tran’s line in The Last Jedi
"That's how we're gonna win. Not fighting what we hate, saving what we love”
…changed my life.
Be good to each other. Pump up the things you love, don’t destroy the things you hate.
— Alex Zalben (@azalben) June 5, 2018
For Star Wars to survive, so called fans can’t behave this way. More importantly than that, don’t harass actresses of color who appear in franchises like these. This also happened during the Ghostbusters sexist blowback of 2016. I don’t know if these guys are fans as much as jerks whose tastes haven’t really changed since the 80’s.
weird that the person they went after from Ghostbusters was Leslie Jones.
weird that the person they went after from Star Wars was Kelly Marie Tran.
what on earth could explain this
— Sean T. Collins (@theseantcollins) June 5, 2018
Here’s hoping Kelly Marie Tran returns to Instagram and that Instagram does something about these goons.
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