Star Wars Officials And Ewan McGregor Defend Moses Ingram After She Was Hit With Vile Racist Abuse
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The official Star Wars social media pages have spoken out in support of Obi-Wan Kenobi star Moses Ingram in light of racist comments she has received online.
Ingram featured as the latest villain in the latest Star Wars series, playing the Inquisitor Reva Sevander, who is after Kenobi.
She took to Instagram to post multiple examples of racist messages and comments she had received since the show dropped on the Disney+ streaming platform on Friday (May 27).
She dropped screenshots on her Instagram story with one message reading, ‘You’re a diversity hire and you won’t be loved or remembered for this acting role’, according to Rolling Stone.
There are more than 20 million sentient species in the Star Wars galaxy, don’t choose to be a racist.— Star Wars (@starwars) May 31, 2022
In response to the vile comments the Obi-Wan Kenobi actor received, the official Star Wars channels called out the behaviour.
The Star Wars account tweeted: “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.”
They added: “There are more than 20 million sentient species in the Star Wars galaxy, don’t choose to be a racist.”
Ingram also responded to the messages on her social media.
She said: “There's nothing anybody can do about this. There's nothing anybody can do to stop this hate.”
She continued: “The thing that bothers me is ... this feeling of like, I just gotta shut up and take it, I just have to grin and bear it. And I'm not built like that.
"Thank you to the people who show up for me in the comments and in the places that I'm not going to put myself. And to the rest of y'all, y'all weird."
The show’s leading actor Ewan McGregor posted a personal message about the comments to Ingram on the official Star Wars Twitter account after first thanking the fans for their support of the new series.
A personal message from Ewan McGregor. pic.twitter.com/rJSDmj663K— Star Wars (@starwars) June 1, 2022
He said: “It seems like some of this influential fan base have decided to attack Moses Ingram online and send her the most horrendous and racist DMs.
“I heard some of them this morning and it just broke my heart. Moses is a brilliant actor, she’s a brilliant woman, and she’s absolutely amazing in this series.
“She brings so much to the franchise, and it just sickened me to the stomach that this had been happening.
“I just want to say as the leading actor in this series, as an executive producer of this series, we stand with Moses. We love Moses, and if you’re sending her bullying messages you are no Star Wars fan in my mind.”
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Topics: Racism, Star Wars, Ewan McGregor