Star Wars actress Kelly Marie Tran deletes Instagram posts following harassment



One of the new characters introduced in The Last Jedi was mechanic Rose, played by Kelly Marie Tran, who's side-story with John Boyega's Finn provided a lot of the film's comic relief.

In October, months before The Last Jedi was released, Tran admitted that she "avoided public social media for a long time purely because I was afraid".

In another instance, her entry in the Wookieepedia, the Star Wars wiki, was edited to include offensive remarks and racial slurs. When angry Star Wars nerds were furious about The Phantom Menace and the other prequels almost 20 years ago, they merely vented about it on message boards among their fellow nerds.

The 29-year-old actress recently wiped her Instagram of all posts, and although Tran has not publicly commented as to why, many have speculated that it's because of online harassment.

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

Popular but unofficial "Star Wars" Twitter page "Star Wars Facts" tweeted Monday night "Kelly Marie Tran has deleted all the posts off her Instagram due to months of harassment she has received for her character Rose".

The majority of Star Wars fans, including Last Jedi director Rian Johnson, are voicing their support for Tran on social media.

Tran isn't the first Star Wars cast member to be driven from social media.

The page is still active, but there are now zero posts for her 190,000 followers.

In December several news sites reported sexist and racist comments were aimed at Tran after her appearance in the The Last Jedi. "Simple as that. That is not what I signed up for ... and I didn't sign up for people to go, 'You're amazing!' but I didn't sign up for them to say things like, "Your skin is s**t", either". Social media may be even more efficient than Darth Vader in bringing people over to the dark side. "I'm super sensitive-not too sensitive-but I really feel things", the actress told Glamour in 2017.

"The more I read about teenage anxiety, the more I think it's highly unhealthy for people's mental health."

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