‘Star Wars’ Supports Obi-Wan Kenobi Star Moses Ingram Following Internet Racist Attacks: ‘We Stand Up’


Moses Ingram as Reva in Obi Wan Kenobi on Disney+. (Photo: Lucasfilm/Disney+)

As Ewan McGregor and Hayden Christensen return to the distant galaxy of George Lucas in Obi Wan Kenobitheir co-star, Moses Ingram, bravely shines the spotlight on a dark side of star wars fandom. The Queen’s Bet The star posted an Instagram story sharing some of the racist comments she’s received since the Disney+ series premiered on May 27 – comments that called her a ‘loser’ and a ‘diversity recruiter’ among other hateful rhetoric.

“Long story short, there are hundreds,” Ingram remarked in his video, thanking fans who have already “put on a cape for me” and hit back at his online trolls. “It really means the world to me, because there’s nothing anyone can do about it. There’s nothing anyone can do to stop this hate.”

Talk with TAUT Last week, Ingram revealed that Lucasfilm executives had specifically warned her that she would likely be the target of online harassment. The studio had witnessed similar events with John Boyega and Kelly Marie Tran, who were both subjected to nasty hate campaigns for being prominent artists of color in the star wars sequel trilogy. (Tran ended up quitting social media altogether following The Last Jedithe exit.)

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“It’s something that Lucasfilm actually put forward and said, ‘This is something that, unfortunately, will probably happen,'” Ingram noted in that interview. “But we are here to help you; you can let us know when it happens. »

In fact, Lucasfilm has already released a public statement via star wars social media channels stand firmly by Ingram’s side. “We are proud to welcome Moses Ingram to the star wars family and thrilled that Reva’s story is unfolding,” the statement read. “If anyone intends to make her feel unwelcome in any way, we have only one thing to say: we are resisting.” An even more pointed addendum says, “There are over 20 million sentient species in the star wars galaxy, don’t choose to be racist.”

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A majority of star wars fans have chosen to stand with Ingram and thank Lucasfilm for making his allegiance clear.

It should be noted that Reva – a fearsome Jedi hunter who follows the trail of Obi-Wan – is the most important role for a black actress in the star wars universe again. Before Ingram, Thandiwe Newton and Naomi Ackie played small supporting roles in Solo and The Rise of Skywalker respectively. The Westworld the star was particularly critical of him Solo role, telling Inverse last year that the filmmakers made a “big, big mistake” in altering the original script to kill her off. “You don’t kill the first black woman to ever play a real role in a star wars movie,” Newton said. “Like, are you fucking kidding?”

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In her Instagram Story, Ingram admits she struggled with whether or not she should go public with the hate messages she was receiving. “I think the thing that bothers me is this feeling that I had inside of me – that no one told me – that I just have to shut up and take it,” the actress says , before indicating that this is the opposite of what she plans to do.

“I’m not built like that,” Ingram continues, defiantly. “So I really just wanted to come say thank you to the people who show up for me in the comments and where I’m not going to put myself. And to the rest of you – you’re all weird.”

Obi Wan Kenobi is currently streaming on Disney+


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