Kelly Marie Tran Speaks Out About Star Wars Fan Harassment

Last Jedi

Instead, what these dudes seem to do is focus their ire for a changing cinematic universe on one element of it: Kelly Marie Tran.

After deleting her social media presence this summer, the Star Wars actress is responding to the harassment that prompted her to take a break.

Continuing, Tran explains how the backlash against her role in Star Wars as Rose Tico only enforced a narrative she heard her entire life.

Tran, who debuted as Rose Tico in the divisive 2017 film, was targeted by Last Jedi detractors, who edited racist language into her character's Wookieepedia page, and trolled her Instagram account.

Tran, who starred in the much talked about "The Last Jedi", wrote a powerful essay for the New York Times, in which she admits to internalizing much of the venom spewed at her online, but after coming to a key realization, now clearly says "I won't be marginalized". Tran, whose parents are refugees, was born and raised in San Diego, Calif. "And I am just getting started".

The beauty added: 'And those words awakened something deep inside me - a feeling I thought I had grown out of. "I want to live in a world where women are not subjected to scrutiny for their appearance, or their actions, or their general existence", she wrote. "She recalled how, at age 17, she "ordered a meal in flawless English" at dinner with her white boyfriend's family, to their waitress" surprise.

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Kelly went on to reveal the comments made her feel "shame for the culture" which she came from.

Because the same society that taught some people they were heroes, saviors, inheritors of the Manifest Destiny ideal, taught me I existed only in the background of their stories, doing their nails, diagnosing their illnesses, supporting their love interests - and perhaps the most damaging - waiting for them to rescue me.

"It wasn't their words, it's that I started to believe them", she said in the opening of her essay, explaining that that's what hit her the hardest from the bullying she suffered a few months back.

"And for a long time, I believed them", she wrote.

It's a fantastic, heartbreaking piece and I highly suggest you simply go to the New York Times and read the whole thing. I had been told and retold this by everyone: by the media, by Hollywood, by companies that profited from my insecurities, manipulating me so that I would buy their clothes, their makeup, their shoes, in order to fill a void that was perpetuated by them in the first place.

She concluded: "You might know me as Kelly". My real name is Loan.

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