A Twitter post by Star Wars Facts @SWTweets posted today that actress Kelly Marie Tran who portrays the resistance mechanic Rose Tico in Star Wars: The Last Jedi cleared out her Instagram account posts after receiving overwhelming harassment comments from alleged fans of Star Wars Movies.
Tran, ran a positive and uplifting Instagram account that got attention from BuzzFeed who ran an article titled “We Must Protect Kelly Marie Tran and her Instagram Account at All Costs”
In December of 2017, the Huffington Post reported that Rose’s entry on the Star Wars Wiki “Wookieepedia” was vandalized with racist and ableist slurs so that the character description read as follows.
“CHING CHONG WING TONG IS A DUMBASS FUCKING CHARACTER DISNEY MADE AND IS A STUPID RETARDED AND AUTISTIC LOVE INTEREST FOR FINN. SHE BETTER DIE IN THE COMA BECAUSE SHE IS A DUMB BASS BITCH”
Tran received angry comments on a birthday post from “fans” who didn’t like her character, including a comment calling her “Ching Chong” and “A terrible useless character”
As of now, Kelly’s Instagram account is empty of all posts so one can assume that the cause is from the disrespectful comments. There hasn’t been any official word that the harassment is why Kelly deleted all her posts.
This kind of harassment is very juvenile and lines up with cyberbullying. It’s sad that people still do this kind of stuff. It’s still wrong to write and post hurtful racist things even about celebrities, the same rules still apply. The level of racism thrown at Kelly is shameful, and they are not true fans of the Star Wars franchise.