Official social media accounts star wars Monday evening released a statement, defending Obi Wan Kenobi star Moses Ingram against vile online attacks.
“There are more than 20 million susceptible species in the star wars galaxy, don’t choose to be racist,” the Disney Accounts message began. “We are proud to welcome Moses Ingram to the star wars family and can’t wait for Reva’s story to unfold. If someone intends to make her feel unwelcome, we have only one thing to say: we resist.
Ingram playing Reva Sevander, aka the Third Sister, who hunts Obi-Wan Kenobi for Darth Vader in the new Disney+ series, shared on her Instagram Stories several of the absolutely horrific online posts directed at her, some of which included the N-word .
“There’s nothing anyone can do about it,” Ingram said in a video after sharing the venom she endured. “Nobody can do anything to stop this hatred. I question my very purpose of being here in front of you to say that this is happening. I do not really know.
She continued: “What bothers me is this feeling inside of me, that no one told me, but this feeling that I have to shut up and take it, that I have to smile and let it go. endure. And I’m not built like that. So, I wanted to come and say thank you to the people who show up for me in the comments and places that I’m not going to put myself. And for the rest of you, you are all weird.
Around 6 p.m. Tuesday, Ewan McGregor posted a message on abuse via the star wars account, both on Obi Wan Kenobi being the premiere of the most-watched Disney+ original series, but mostly about the abuse Ingram suffered.
“It seems that part of the fan base decided to attack Moses Ingram online and send him the most horrible and racist [direct messages]. I heard some of it this morning, and it broke my heart,” he said. “Moses is a brilliant actor. She’s a brilliant woman. And she’s absolutely amazing on this show. She brings so much to the show, she brings so much to the franchise. And it just made me sick to my stomach that that was happening. I just want to say as the lead actor of the show, as the executive producer of the show, we stand with Moses. We love Moses. And if you send him bullying messages, you are not star wars fan in my mind. There is no place for racism in this world. And I totally agree with Moses.
Among those in the actress’ corner is Star Trek: Strange New worlds Anson Mount, who posted on social media on Tuesday: “This is Moses Ingram. She is a singular talent and a recent addition to the @starwars universe. She’s also been targeted by racists pretending to be fans because her mere existence threatens a biased, dystopian fantasy that selectively omits the likes of @therealbillydee and others. We, the Trek Family, get her back.
May 31, 6 p.m.: Updated with Ewan McGregor’s statement.
May 31, 12:10 p.m. Updated with a comment from Anson Mount.