“Star Wars” defends “Kenobi” star Moses Ingram from racial hatred

The official “Star Wars” Twitter account is defending “Obi-Wan Kenobi” star Moses Ingram against her after racial backlash on social media.

“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, all we have to say is we fight back,” they said wrote in a rare statement.

“There are more than 20 million sentient species in the Star Wars galaxy, don’t choose to be a racist.”

The 29-year-old actress revealed she has received “hundreds” of racist messages on social media since the Disney+ series debuted on May 27.

Messages shared by the actress on her Instagram stories include using the N-word and claiming she’s a “diversity job.”

“You will not be loved nor remembered for this acting role,” wrote one toxic fan.

“Nobody can do anything about it. There is nothing anyone can do to stop this hate,” Ingram said in a video on her Instagram story.

“I question my intentions in even being here in front of you and saying this is happening. I do not really know.”

Ingram mentioned the feeling that she “needs to shut up and take it.”

Ingram told the Independent that Lucasfilm warned her about possible racist comments she might receive after her casting and now Lucasfilm and Disney have supported the actress and challenged the racism she faces.

Moses Ingram attends a surprise premiere of the first two episodes of
Moses Ingram attends a premiere of the first two episodes of “Obi-Wan Kenobi” at the Star Wars Celebration on May 26 in Anaheim, California.
Jesse Grant/Getty Images for Disney
Hayden Christensen, Moses Ingram and Ewan McGregor attend the "Obi Wan Kenobi" Photocall at the Corinthia Hotel London on May 12, 2022 in London, England.
Hayden Christensen, Moses Ingram and Ewan McGregor attend the ‘Obi-Wan Kenobi’ photocall at the Corinthia Hotel London on May 12th.
Kate Green/Getty Images

“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,'” Ingram said.

At the time, the actress said director Deborah Chow and others at the studio “had the right systems in place” to make her feel safe.

This isn’t the first time actors in the Star Wars franchise have faced racism from hostile fans.

John Boyega (L) and Kelly Marie Tran at the world premiere of Lucasfilms Star Wars: The Last Jedi at the Shrine Auditorium on December 9, 2017 in Los Angeles, California.
John Boyega and Kelly Marie Tran at the world premiere of Lucasfilm’s “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” in Los Angeles.
Jesse Grant/Getty Images for Disney
Moses Ingram in a scene from the series "Obi Wan Kenobi,"
Moses Ingram in a scene from the series Obi-Wan Kenobi.
Disney+ via AP

Kelly Marie Tran, 33, received backlash online for her role as Rose Tico in ‘The Last Jedi’, and John Boyega, 30, also experienced racism after being cast as Finn in the ‘Star Wars’ sequel trilogy.

Many “Star Wars” fans have praised the franchise for defending Ingram and for making a public statement.

Obi-Wan Kenobi episodes 1 and 2 are streaming now on Disney+, with new episodes arriving on Fridays.

Leave a Comment