Star Wars came in defense of Obi Wan Kenobi Star Moses Ingram on his official Twitter account after the actor received racial slurs online.
“We’re proud to welcome Moses Ingram to the Star Wars family and excited to see how Reva’s story unfolds. If anyone intends to make her feel unwelcome, we have only one thing to say: we fight back,” the tweet read.
It continued, “There are more than 20 million sentient species in the Star Wars galaxy, don’t choose to be a racist.”
The statement came hours after Ingram, who on the series plays an Imperial Inquisitor chasing Ewan McGregor’s Obi-Wan, posted a series of offensive, racist comments she received on her Instagram story.
Some of the comments included, “Your days are numbered [sic]’ and ‘You fucking loser. You are a diversity employee and will not be loved or remembered for this acting role.”
Ingram told it recently that of the independent Louis Chilton that Lucasfilm, the Star Wars production company, had warned her about the possible negative reception. “It was something that Lucasfilm actually stood in front of and said, ‘This is a thing that’s unfortunately likely to happen. But we are here to help you; You can notify us when it happens,'” she said.
The actor credited director Deborah Chow and others at Lucasfilm with putting “the right systems in place to make me feel safe at work.”
“Of course there are always hate nests,” she added. “But I have no problem with the lock button.”
Ingram is the latest black actor to be reviled by Star Wars fans. John Boyega and Kelly Marie Tran both spoke out about the racism they received online while starring in the franchise.
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In 2020, Boyega called on film studios to take a bigger and more public role in protecting their stars from racial harassment.
“If one of your actors, especially an actor that’s so prominent in the story, is announced as part of your franchise and then there’s a huge racial backlash and slurs online… It’s important that the studios definitely lend their voice, to support that and have a sense of solidarity not just in public but locally on set,” he said.
Meanwhile, Tran said she had to leave the internet for “her own sanity” after being trolled for her role in 2017 Star Wars: The Last Jedi.
https://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/tv/news/star-wars-racism-obiwan-kenobi-moses-ingram-reva-b2091150.html Obi-Wan Kenobi: Star Wars Statement Tells Fans They’re Not Choosing to Be Racist After Moses Ingram Receives Hateful Messages