Star Wars actor Kelly Marie Tran deletes Instagram after harassment

Kelly Marie Tran

Star Wars director Rian Johnson has hit back at the troll "manbabies" who have forced actress Kelly Marie Tran to quit Instagram after months of racist and sexist abuse over her role in The Last Jedi.

Right from its release, The Last Jedi became a lightning rod for fans aggrieved by the increased diversity in casting and women in lead roles, despite continued disparities that run counter to their descriptions of mainstream cinema as "feminist propaganda" and "forced diversity".

British actress Daisy Ridley, who plays Rey in the Star Wars movies, quit social media a year ago after finding herself becoming a target for abuse.

Understandably, the actress had enough.

Saying most Star Wars fans are "sane and decent", she noted that, "Star Wars centers on the Force".

Tran wiped her account due to months of harassment over her character Rose Tico, a fan account Star Wars Facts reported Monday night.

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Pleasingly, however, support is still pouring in for Tran online. In some instances we'd change stuff a lot, and other instances we'd use elements of what was in place, and something we'd use a scene entirely - and they're brilliant guys.

"If you followed Kelly Marie Tran on Instagram then you know she has been one of the loveliest and most positive souls on the goddamn internet in the past year and I will FIGHT every last person who hurt her", quipped one person.

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As of June 5, Tran's Instragam remains live, but all her posts are gone. Ridley deleted her Instagram account in 2016 after social media followers criticized her for her appearance and her stance on gun control.

Ridley said social media was "highly unhealthy for people's mental health". It was a dream journey, by the actor's own account, until the response from the ugliest corners of the galaxy far far away arrived, denouncing her online and even editing her Wookieepedia page with racist attacks.

"So many people wish for something like this".

- Star Wars' toxic fanbase may have driven Kelly Marie Tran off Instagram. Simple as that. That is not what I signed up for. "I feel so overwhelmed".

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