When Lucasfilm and Disney+ released the first two episodes of its highly-anticipated series Obi-Wan Kenobi, they introduced the Star Wars fandom to the newest villain: the Third Sister of Darth Vader’s Inquisitorius, who goes by the name Reva Sevander.
The young and passionate inquisitor is played by Moses Ingram, whose performance many found to be incredibly subpar and unbelievable for the role she was given. But, it appears that some Star Wars fans–or possibly general commentators–cannot leave their criticisms about her acting. They have to bring her race into it.
Having been brought to their attention, Star Wars publically addressed the issue, saying,
“We are proud to welcome Moses Ingram to the Star Wars family and excited for Reva’s story to unfold. If anyone intends to make her feel in any way unwelcome, we have only one thing to say: we resist.
There are more than 20 million sentient species in the Star Wars galaxy, don’t choose to be a racist.”
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
While one can make sense of, and even expect, Star Wars to defend its Cast Member against backlash, fans of previous Star Wars stars were quick to jump on the franchise’s previous silence.
@MisterR0b0t0 replied by sharing a tweet that said,
“Star Wars never defended Gina Carano when she was sent death threats and harassment everyday for months.”
He then asked, “Why didn’t you resist when another Star Wars actress got threats?”
@LindaCa82741456 chimed in right after, adding,
“*cough* Kelly Marie Tran *cough*, for instance?”
*cough* Kelly Marie Tran *cough*, for instance?
— Linda Carter (@LindaCa82741457) May 31, 2022
Readers might remember that Kelly Marie Tran received such an onslaught of negative comments and outright harassment for her role as Rose Tico in Episode VIII: The Last Jedi that she had to completely abandon social media. Star Wars did not officially defend Rose until the 2022 Star Wars Celebration in Anaheim, California.
Gina Carano played the drop trooper Cara Dune was unceremoniously dropped from her show The Mandalorian. Star Wars remains mum on the subject.
The first two episodes of Star Wars’ starring , , and are available for streaming now on Disney+.
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