The interpreter of Obi-Wan Kenobi reacts to the racist messages received by the actress.
Update June 1, 2022:
In a video posted on the official Star Wars twitter account, Ewan McGregor welcomed the record start of the Obi-Wan Kenobi series on Disney Plus, but he especially took the opportunity to also come to the defense of actress Moses Ingram:
“Part of this influential fan base decided to attack Moses Ingram by sending him horribly racist private messages. I learned that this morning and it broke my heart. Moses is a brilliant actress, a brilliant woman, and she’s great on the show (…) We support Moses and if you harass her, you’re not Star Wars fans to me. There is no place for racism in this world.”
A personal message from Ewan McGregor. pic.twitter.com/rJSDmj663K
— Star Wars (@starwars) June 1, 2022
Article of May 31, 2022:
And it starts again… Following the launch of the new series Obi-Wan Kenobithe first two episodes of which were uploaded to Disney Plus, Star Wars “fans” have attacked the actress Moses Ingram (The Queen’s Game), who plays a villain in the show, Reva Sevander, one of the Inquisitors responsible for tracking down the last Jedi who survived Orde 66.
Obviously, it is not the character she embodies that is the problem, but her skin color. On his Instagram accountthe young woman published a story to denounce the situation, with screenshots of certain messages (frankly disgusting), followed by her reaction:
“In short, there are hundreds of them like that, and I also see those who come here to defend me, it means a lot to me. Because there’s nothing we can do about it, to stop this hate. I wonder what I’m for, and even why I’m telling you this… I don’t have an answer. What bothers me the most is this feeling inside me that I have to shut up and take it. That I have to look good. I don’t have the shoulders for that. So I really want to thank the people who are there for me in the comments. Others ? You are weird.”
This wave of hatred is reminiscent of that suffered by actress of Asian origin Kelly Marie Tran after her role in The Last Jedi. Harassment that had pushed her to leave social networks. Star Wars was then singled out for its lack of reaction. But today, the franchise is correcting the situation and was quick to come to the defense of Moses Ingram on Twitter.
“We are proud to welcome Moses Ingram to the Star Wars family and excited to see Reva’s story unfold. If someone tries to make her feel unwelcome, we have one thing to tell them: we resist. There are over 20 million sentient species in the Star Wars galaxy, don’t choose to be racist“said the official Star Wars account.
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
Note that Star Wars Twitter also defended Kelly Marie Tran a few days ago after posting a photo of the actress alongside Billie Lourd. A position taken too late for some, but nevertheless salutary.
Respectfully, L+ ratio.
— Star Wars (@starwars) May 29, 2022