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Following her revelation that she had received hundreds of racist messages and comments on social media, the “Star Wars” series is defending actor Moses Ingram.
Ingram, who recently made her debut as Reva in the Disney+ series “Obi-Wan Kenobi,” tweeted that the franchise was “glad to welcome” her.
“If someone tries to make her feel unwelcome in any manner, we only have one response: we will resist,” the “Star Wars” account tweeted. “Don’t choose to be a bigot when there are more than 20 million sentient species in the Star Wars galaxy.”
On Instagram, Ingram shared several examples of racist messages and remarks, claiming that she has received hundreds of them, some of which contained the N-word.
“Nobody can do anything about it. Nothing anyone can do will be able to stop the hatred “In an Instagram story video, she stated.
“The thing that irritates me is this idea that I just have to shut up and take it, grin and bear it. I’m not built that way, either “She kept talking. “Thank you to everyone who supports me in the comments and in places where I won’t go. You’re all weird, the rest of you.”
Ingram’s experiences following her “Star Wars” debut have become a theme; actors John Boyega and Kelly Marie Tran have both spoken out about receiving racial abuse after appearing in the “Star Wars” films.
Tran, the first woman of color to play a major role in a “Star Wars” film, penned an op-ed piece for the New York Times about the harassment she faced after starring in “The Last Jedi” in 2017. Tran took a break from social media and went to treatment as a result of the vitriol.
Boyega’s presence in the trailer for “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” sparked a social media movement known as #BlackStormtrooper in 2014, when many people were suspicious of his casting and made racist remarks.