Newthe show is a success. After landing on Friday, its first two episodes broke Disney Plus ratings records and were well received by critics. Amid the success, however, there has been abusive criticism from fringe Star Wars fans who have directed racist abuse at African-American actress Moses Ingram, who plays a villain on the show.
Moses on Monday posted a number of insulting messages she had received from those who had seen the new episodes. Many accused her of being a “diversity” rookie undeserving of the role, while others included more blunt racist invective.
“There are hundreds of them,” Ingram told the camera in a follow-up Instagram Story post. “I also see those of you who baked a cake for me, and that really means the world to me because there’s nothing anyone can do about it. There’s nothing anyone can do to stop this hate.”
Ewan McGregor, who plays Obi-Wan Kenobi on the show, defended his colleague in a video statement posted to the official Star Wars Twitter account on Tuesday.
“It looks like some fans have decided to attack Moses Ingram online and send him the most awful racist DMs. I heard some of those this morning, and it broke my heart,” he said. declared. “Moses is a brilliant actor, she’s a brilliant woman, and she’s absolutely amazing on this show. She brings so much to the show, she brings so much to the franchise, and it made my stomach ache to hear that it had been an event.”
“I just wanted to say as the lead actor of the show, as the executive producer of the show, that we support Moses. We love Moses. And if you’re sending him bullying messages, you’re not a Star Wars fan in my mind. . There is no place for racism in this world. I totally agree with Moses.”
Star Wars has a giant, dedicated fanbase that’s known to have a toxic element. Kelly Marie Tran, an Asian actress who played Rose Tico in The Last Jedi and The Rise of Skywalker,after receiving so much racial criticism from a segment of the Star Wars audience. “Their words seemed to confirm what growing up as a woman and a person of color had already taught me: that I belonged on the margins and spaces, valid only as a minor character in their lives and stories,” Tran wrote. in a later New York Times. editorial.
Many industry players have rushed to defend Moses on social media, including Stark Trek actor Ansom Mount, iZombie’s Rahul Kohli and Silicon Valley’s Kumail Nanjiani, who also stars in Obi-Wan. “Moses Ingram is a phenomenal person and actor, and I’m excited about the decades of incredible work she has ahead of her,” Nanjiani tweeted.
“What bothers me is that this feeling that I had inside of me, this feeling of ‘I have to shut up and take it,'” Ingram said in an Instagram story, “and I don’t am not built like this.”
“I really wanted to come over and say thank you to people who show up for me in places I’m not going to put myself in. For the rest of you…you’re all weird.”