Star War Actress Kelly Marie Tran Removes Instagram Posts After Harassment

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One of the new characters introduced in The Last Jedi was mechanic Rose, played by Kelly Marie Tran, who's side-story with John Boyega's Finn provided a lot of the film's comic relief.

As of June 5, Tran's Instragam remains live, but all her posts are gone. In the months since the film's release, a vocal minority of so-called "fans" have directed their vitriol directly at the film's cast and crew, subjecting Tran to copious amounts of personal insults.

In an interview with EW before The Last Jedi hit theaters, Tran opened up about her casting and the significance of being the first woman of color to be cast in a starring role in a Star Wars movie.

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It is nice to see that Tran is stepping away from social media for a while in order to most likely surround herself with positivity rather than the negativity that has consumed much of the Star Wars fanbase.

Whatever the reason for not liking the character, though, the fact that many of these people have taken their anger out on Kelly Marie Tran by persistently harassing her on her personal social media account is truly callous. "We like and dislike stuff but we do it with humor, love, and respect". The harassment extended to the "Star Wars" Wookieepedia website, where people altered the Rose Tico page to feature racist language. "We're the VAST majority, we're having fun and doing just fine".

But it appears that at the weekend the actress deleted all of her posts, after what fans noted had followed months of online racial and sexual harassment. She said she found social media interaction to be "bad for her mental health". Before using what valuable time you have in the day to flood a strangers Instagram with hate, think about how you could be using it to put out more positive, smart, and loving energy in your fandom of choice. "I still don't believe I'm doing it", Tran said previous year upon the film's release. "That is not what I signed up for", Ridley, who played lead character Rey in The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi told Glamour.

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