Bullying Forced 'Star Wars' Actresses Off Social Media, So Their Male Co-Stars Spoke Up


If there's one thing that won't fly in the Star Wars fandom, it's bullying.


Last week Kelly Marie Tran, an actress with Vietnamese roots, reportedly left social media due to trolling, the same reason Daisy Ridley quit a few years back. But now the men of the franchise are coming to the defense of the galaxy's powerful women. The overall message? This is not OK.

First up was Mark Hamill who, on June 6, tweeted "#GetALifeNerds" along with a photo of himself with Tran. "What's not to love?" the actor, who has played Luke Skywalker in the original trilogy as well as the recent films, asked.

John Boyega, who plays Finn in the current run of movies, also chimed in by addressing Star Wars fans who had nothing nice to say and, frankly, shouldn't have said anything at all.

"If you don't like Star Wars or the characters, understand that there are decision makers and harassing the actors/actresses will do nothing," Boyega wrote. "You're not entitled to politeness when your approach is rude. Even if you paid for a ticket!"

"To the majority of Star Wars fans, thank you for supporting and putting yourselves in our shoes," the actor added. "You understand that there is a process so much appreciated!"

Rian Johnson, who directed The Last Jedi (which was Ridley's second Star Wars film, after The Force Awakens, and Tran's debut), spoke up about the problematic situation.

"On social media a few unhealthy people can cast a big shadow on the wall, but over the past 4 years I've met lots of real fellow SW fans," he wrote on June 5. "We like & dislike stuff but we do it with humor, love & respect. We're the VAST majority, we're having fun & doing just fine."

"I will say she's happily living her life in grand Kelly style, I'm glad she's cut this distraction out of it," Johnson added on June 8, after saying he didn't want to speak on Tran's behalf. "I'm bummed we all lose out on her IG posts, she was awesome on it."

Unfortunately, it seems we'll be without Ridley and Tran on social media for the time being. Hopefully, in the not-too-distant future, they will feel that the internet is a safe space for them — as it should be for everyone all the time — and they'll make a return. In the meantime, at least their co-stars have their backs.

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