Star Wars actress Kelly Marie Tran deletes Instagram posts following harassment

06 June, 2018, 09:14 | Author: Donna Miller
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Kelly Marie Tran, who appeared in Star Wars: The Last Jedi, has deleted her Instagram after she was reportedly the target of trolling fans of the franchise.

Her page inscription, "Afraid, but doing it anyway", remains.

There is no official indication as to why she has removed the posts, but the Twitter fan account Star Wars Facts states that it is due to trolls.

Tran has been the subject of sexist and racist comments from fans since her appearance in the 2017 film.

The 29-year-old's dream came true when she was cast as the first first Asian-American actress to play a leading role in the franchise.

At the "Last Jedi" premiere in December, Tran told Variety that bringing diversity to the "Star Wars" world has "been both an honor and a responsibility. I look forward to the hundreds of awesome things she will make over the course of her long career".

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Earlier today, the film's director Rian Johnson hit out at "manbabies", tweeting that "on social media a few unhealthy people can cast a big shadow on the wall".

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. "Not fighting what we hate, but by saving what we love". "I feel so overwhelmed".

As a woman of color, Tran became an easy target for online subcultures aggrieved at minor gestures toward equality in our most mainstream storytelling mediums.

"It took me a year of self-work - and some really incredible, supportive friends - to make me realize that it's none of my business if people like me or not", Tran said.

Regardless of the personal reasons behind her departure, many fans began sharing their support of the actress and how her posts have had a positive impact on them. And I was like, 'I'm out.' Simple as that. But I didn't sign up for them to say things like, "Your skin is s***" either'.

'And I didn't sign up for people to go, "You're incredible!"

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