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UPDATE 5/31, 9:29 p.m. ET: Ewan McGregor, who plays Obi-Wan Kenobi, has released a video in which he condemns the racist bullying Moses Ingram has been subjected to.
“It seems that some of this fan base… have decided to attack Moses Ingram online and send her the most horrendous, racist DMs and I heard some of them this morning and it just broke my heart,” he said. “Moses is a brilliant actor, she’s a brilliant woman, and she’s absolutely amazing in this series.”
“Long story short, there are hundreds of those, hundreds,” said Ingram, who plays Reva Sevander—a Jedi-hunting Inquisitor—in the latest Star Wars series. “And I also see those of you out there who put on the cape for me and that really does mean the world to me. Because there’s nothing anybody can do about this. There’s nothing anybody can do to stop this hate.”
Adding that she questioned the “purpose” of publicly addressing this harassment, Ingram pointed to an initial feeling she had of being expected to “shut up and take it” instead. “I’m not built like that,” Ingram said.
She then reiterated her thanks for those who’ve offered their support before signing off with a message for the individuals behind the racist harassment. “To the rest of y’all, y’all weird,” she said.
Shortly after, the official Star Wars accounts on Twitter and Instagram shared public messages of support for Ingram.
“There are more than 20 million sentient species in the Star Wars galaxy, don’t choose to be a racist,” a follow-up tweet read.
There are more than 20 million sentient species in the Star Wars galaxy, don’t choose to be a racist.
— Star Wars (@starwars) May 31, 2022
Amid coverage of the statement, several fans pointed out how this exact approach could have also been helpful in past instances of targeted harassment, including against other Star Wars names like John Boyega and Kelly Marie Tran.
this is wonderful and important but I can’t help but wonder why there was no defense like this for john boyega, kelly marie tran, ahmed best, etc. this should’ve been the standard since the beginning, but those people were bullied/harassed so much they had to leave social media. ashley – kenobi spoilers (@awinchestersgal) May 31, 2022
Speaking with William Goodman for Complex last week, Ingram said it was still “really hard to wrap my brain around” the fact that she had joined the ever-expanding Star Wars universe following critically acclaimed turns in The Queen’s Gambit as well as The Tragedy of Macbeth.
“It’s wild because those projects that you said, when doing them, I think I thought to myself, ‘Well, it can’t get any bigger than this, can it?’” Ingram said. “Then Star Wars comes and drops the mic and is like, ‘Yeah, it can get bigger. This is the biggest that it gets.’”
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