On Tuesday, Star Wars actress Kelly Marie Tran, who portrayed Rose in The Last Jedi, quit social media after struggling with online harassment over the past few months. The 29-year old deleted the entire content of her Instagram page, only leaving her profile photo and a sad bio that reads “Afraid, but doing it anyway”. The actress took this radical decision after social media users have made fun of her and her role in Star Wars since the movie was released. So, after its December release, lots of people started harassing the Vietnamese-American actress over her character’s ethnicity and said that her role was useless in the movie.
Moreover, some went as far as to change her name on certain fandom pages, like the popular Wookieepedia. At one point, someone changed her character’s name from Rose Tico to Ching Chong Wing Tong. Others even edited the character’s bio and wrote racist and bad things. However, on Tuesday, after fans noticed that she deleted her photos on Instagram, lots of people encouraged Kelly and wrote supportive messages to her, especially on Twitter. Many said that those people who insulted the actress cannot be called Star Wars fans.
Kelly Marie Tran quits social media following harassment
Rian Johnson, who directed The Last Jedi, also said that there are lots of people on social media and all have different opinions. The secret is to stay positive and kept pushing forward even if it’s hard. He also said that this won’t stop the true Star Wars fans, including the actors, from having fun while doing these movies.
Before getting into social media, Kelly was afraid of being seen and scrutinized but she finally made an Instagram account. Now, it seems that her old worries came back to haunt her, and she temporarily gave up. Interestingly enough, she is not the first Star Wars actress to quit social media over harassment. Back in 2016, Daisy Ridley, who plays Rey, deleted her Instagram because she didn’t want to see all the negative comments.
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