Obi-Wan Kenobi star Ewan McGregor has thrown down a warning to fans of the Star Wars franchise over the revelation that his co-star Moses Ingram has been subjected to racist attacks on social media.
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
Ingram, who plays Third Sister Reva Sevander in the Disney+ series, revealed that she had been on the receiving end of hundreds of abusive messages since the show began streaming. In a new deleted Instagram story, Ingram said “There’s nothing anybody can do about this. There’s nothing anybody can do to stop this hate. I question my purpose in even being here in front of you saying that this is happening. I don’t really know.”
“The thing that bothers me is this feeling inside of myself, that no one has told me, but this feeling that I have to shut up and take it, that I have to grin and bear it. And I’m not built like that. So, I wanted to come on and say thank you to the people who show up for me in the comments and the places that I’m not going to put myself. And to the rest of y’all, y’all weird.”
In response, McGregor has made what is perhaps the strongest statement towards the growing toxicity that has been bubbling up within the Star Wars fandom for several years now. Shared via the official Obi-Wan Kenobi Twitter account, McGregor says “Moses is a brilliant actor. She is a brilliant woman. And she is absolutely amazing in this series. She brings so much to the series, she brings so much to the franchise. And it just sickened me to my stomach that this had been happening.
A personal message from Ewan McGregor. pic.twitter.com/ZcIvVNpQUD
— Obi-Wan Kenobi (@obiwankenobi) June 1, 2022
“I just want to say, as the lead actor in the series, as the executive producer on the series, that we stand with Moses. We love Moses. And if you’re sending her bullying messages, you’re no Star Wars fan in my mind. There’s no place for racism in this world. And I totally stand with Moses.”
This isn’t the first time that a subset of the fandom has revealed themselves to be trash. John Boyega who played Finn in Star Wars: The Force Awakens was subjected to an absurd attempt at a racially motivated boycott for his role as a black stormtrooper. Kelly Marie Tran, who played Rose Tico, was forced to delete her social media after constant harassment over her role in the franchise.