Star wars actor Moses Ingram has revealed she had received hundreds of racist messages and comments on social media since appearing in the new Star Wars show.
She posted screenshots to her Instagram story, including one saying her “days are numbered” and another calling her a “diversity hire”.
“There’s nothing anybody can do about this,” Ingram said in an Instagram video. “There’s nothing anybody can do to stop this hate. I question my purpose in even being here in front of you saying that this is happening. I don’t really know.”
“The thing that bothers me is this feeling inside of myself, that no one has told me, but this feeling that I have to shut up and take it, that I have to grin and bear it. And I’m not built like that. So, I wanted to come on and say thank you to the people who show up for me in the comments and the places that I’m not going to put myself. And to the rest of y’all, y’all weird.”
And the entire “Star Wars” franchise is sticking up for the actor amidst all these racists hate.
In the Twitter account for Star Wars said: “We are proud to welcome Moses Ingram to the Star Wars family and excited for Reva’s story to unfold.
“If anyone intends to make her feel in any way unwelcome, we have only one thing to say: we resist.
“There are more than 20 million sentient species in the Star Wars galaxy, don’t choose to be a racist.”
We are proud to welcome Moses Ingram to the Star Wars family and excited for Reva’s story to unfold. If anyone intends to make her feel in any way unwelcome, we have only one thing to say: we resist. pic.twitter.com/lZW0yvseBk
— Star Wars (@starwars) May 31, 2022
Co-Star Ewan McGregor mentioned that those sending bullying messages were not true Star Wars fans saying “we stand with Moses”.
He said “if you’re sending her bullying messages, you’re no Star Wars fan”.
A video message from McGregor was shared on the official Star Wars Twitter account on Tuesday night.
A personal message from Ewan McGregor. pic.twitter.com/rJSDmj663K
— Star Wars (@starwars) June 1, 2022
Ingram’s experiences is not new following her “Star Wars” debut have become a trend and actors like John Boyega and Kelly Marie Tran in 2014 and 2017 respectively have also been very vocal about the racist hate they received after appearing in the “Star Wars” movies.