Whether people would like to admit it or not, racism has long been an issue in the Star Wars franchise. A few years back, actors like John Boyega and Kelly Marie Tran fell victim to fan harassment over their respective roles and many believe that it had something to do with their race. Now, Star Wars newbie Moses Ingram is suffering the same fate and according to her, she's been dealing with racial abuse from the fandom.
The Obi-Wan Kenobi star shocked everyone when she took to her official Instagram page and revealed some of the racist remarks she's been getting from diehard fans of the science-fiction franchise.
In a video she posted on her Instagram stories, the 29-year-old actress, who plays the villainous Reva shared that she receives "hundreds" of messages from fans who aren't happy with her being part of the Star Wars family.
Judging by the tone of her voice, it's quite evident that Ingram was trying her best not to break into tears. She thanked the people who have been defending her from rabid fans. Moses said: "I also see those of you out there who put on a cape for me and that really does mean the world to me."
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It's equally unfortunate and frustrating that such problems still exist in the Star Wars franchise today and all I can say is that people should cut Ingram some slack. While Star Wars has voiced its support for the actress, it's still obvious that actors of color aren't safe from toxic fans and it's a damn shame.
Obi-Wan Kenobi's first two episodes are now streaming on Disney+.