In response to a rapid and all too predictable wave of racist reactions from star wars ‘fans’ appalled by the idea that black people exist in space, Disney released a statement supporting Obi Wan Kenobi actor Moses Ingram.
However Obi Wan KenobiThe first two episodes of last week only aired last week, that was all the time it took to star wars obsessed with settling on Ingram’s character, Reva Sevander, one of the Galactic Empire’s inquisitors tasked with exterminating the galaxy’s Jedi. The Monday following that of this year star wars In a celebratory event, Ingram took to her personal Instagram account to share a selection of the “hundreds” of anti-black and misogynist messages she has received for portraying a fictional villain who does bad things. Ingram said that while she is grateful to fans who have the means to understand that the actors are not the characters they play on television, she also admitted to feeling a certain degree of discouragement “because no one can’t do anything about it.”
“There’s nothing anyone can do to stop this hate, and so I wonder what my purpose is in even being here in front of you saying this is happening,” Ingram said. “I think what bothers me is this kind of feeling that I had inside of me – that no one told me – but this feeling like ‘I just have to shut up and take it “, you know?”
Hours after Ingram’s post, the official star wars The Twitter account shared a message reaffirming that Ingram’s character, Reva Sevander, is truly a part of the franchise, no matter what the racist trolls have to say.
There are over 20 million sentient species in the Star Wars galaxy, don’t choose to be racist.
— Star Wars (@starwars) May 31, 2022
There are always a number of reasons – like racism – why people who are supposed to like genre fiction like star wars or the Percy Jackson novels feel compelled to show their asses like that. But the answer to Ingram seems at least partly inspired by the text of Obi Wan Kenobi himself. During the short time that Reva (also known as Third Sister) was part of the star wars franchise, Obi Wanis established that, while it is she work to kill the Jedi and put fear of the Empire in his subordinates, his hunt for Obi-Wan is somewhat personal.
Rather than simply being a Sith aligned with the dark side of the Force, Reva is presented as one of the few living Jedi enlisted by the Empire to eradicate their kind as part of Order 66, the plan of the Empire. empire aiming to permanently destroy the Jedi. Reva has proven to be an efficient inquisitor and dedicated to her mission. But her past has been a major point of contention for other Empire villains like the Grand Inquisitor (Rupert Friend) and the Fifth Brother (Sung Kang) – both of whom see Reva’s stubborn villainy as a double-edged sword. cutting edge that could harm the cause of the Empire. .
Many messages thrown at Ingram seem to take issue with the way the unbalanced Reva has often appeared in Obi Wan — a character trait that’s easy to recognize as an intentional part of the story the show is trying to tell. Unlike the Grand Inquisitor and the Fifth Brother, who both take more reserved approaches to terrorizing civilians, Reva is much faster at a level of violence that borders on madness, and Obi Wan repeatedly pointed out how Reva’s temper will likely lead to her downfall.
Clearly, telegraphed narrative intentionality has never been enough to sustain racism star wars trolls to fix their mouths to spout nonsense. John Boyega experienced years of continued racist hostility following his casting as Finn, as did Kelly Marie Tran after joining the franchise as Rose Tico in Star Wars: Episode VIII – The Last Jedi.
In the end, Boyega and Tran were forced to spend too much time in the star wars spotlight dealing with the arrested development of a franchise that did not deserve them. While it looks like Ingram could end up suffering the same fate as Obi Wan continues, the actor ended his Instagram video by letting everyone know that she has no plans to go quietly into the night.
“I’m not built like that so I really just wanted to say thank you to the people who show up for me in the comments and where I’m going to put myself now,” Ingram said. “And for the rest of you all: you’re all weird.”
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