Star War Actress Kelly Marie Tran Removes Instagram Posts After Harassment

Star War Actress Kelly Marie Tran Removes Instagram Posts After Harassment

Kelly Marie Tran is done dealing with racist and sexist harassment from "Star Wars" fans on her Instagram page. Bang!. By December, however, she'd become a historic part of the Star Wars universe: the first woman of color to play a leading role in the series.

The attack on Tran and her subsequent deletion of her Instagram account is only the latest instance of racism faced by the cast and crew associated with the new Star Wars films.

Understandably, the actress had enough.

Last year, Star Wars actor Daisy Ridley deleted her accounts.

While Tran has not commented publicly on her reason for wiping her social media clean, fans have speculated it was due to the abuse she was suffering from trolls who didn't like her character.

Sadly, this is not the first time that "fans" have seemingly driven a Star Wars star off of social media.

It was revealed in a video a year ago that across a total run-time of 386 minutes, the original Star Wars trilogy featured just over one minute of dialogue spoken by a woman other than Carrie Fisher's Princess Leia.

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Pleasingly, however, fans are also now rallying behind Tran.

"Push it! Delve into thrilling content inspired by Solo: A Star Wars Story™ in Star WarsBattlefront™ II, when the Han Solo Season continues starting June 12". Tran's last-minute Porg costumes have disappeared, along with her inspiring posts to followers struggling with self-doubt or anxiety.

Author Claudia Gray, whose young-adult novels include Star Wars: Lost Stars, tweeted, "I'm very, very angry Kelly Marie Tran was harassed by these ghouls.Maybe I'm supposed to say something like "I respect all opinions", but I don't".

For years, Tran chose to stay away from social media - in fear that she'd get ripped to shreds.

For example, vandals edited her character's Star Wars Wookie-pedia page to read: 'Ching Chong Wing Tong is a dumba** f***ing character Disney made and is a stupid, retarded, and autistic love interest for Finn. "Also, there is a sense that I'm asked who I'm dating a lot more than John [Boyega] is".

In an interview with Glamour in December, Ridley said: "I posted a thing about gun regulations, because I was at an event in tribute to the Orlando shooting at Pulse. That is not what I signed up for". I'm super-sensitive - not too sensitive - but I really feel things.

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