Last week, Disney released the first two episodes of the new Disney+ series, “Obi-Wan Kenobi”, which is set 10 years after the dramatic events of “Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith” where Obi-Wan Kenobi faced his greatest defeat—the downfall and corruption of his best friend and Jedi apprentice, Anakin Skywalker, who turned to the dark side as evil Sith Lord Darth Vader.
The new series sees Ewan McGregor, reprising his role as the iconic Jedi Master, and Moses Ingram, who is playing a Jedi hunting Inquisitor called “The Third Sister,” and the character is also known as Reva.
Unfortunately, some trolls, who call themselves fans, have since started sending abusive, racist messages to the actor, Moses Ingram. She revealed on her Instagram Stories that she has been receiving a deluge of racist messages since the show premiered last week.
“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.”
This has resulted in Disney putting out multiple messages across its social media to address the situation:
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.
Following the reaction to this announcement, Obi-Wan Kenobi actor, Ewan McGregor, also took to social media to address Moses Ingram’s situation since the new Disney+ series was released.
“I heard some of them this morning and it just broke my heart. Moses is a brilliant actor, she’s a brilliant woman and she’s absolutely amazing in this series…I just want to say as the leading 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.”
This isn’t the first time trolls have insulted Star Wars actors after a new release; John Boyega and Kelly Marie Tran suffered from the same issues. This resulted in Lucasfilm executives warning her before the release of “Obi-Wan Kenobi”, that she would likely face harassment online from racist “fans”. Moses Ingram recently told The Independent
“It was something that Lucasfilm actually got in front of, and said, ‘This is a thing that, unfortunately, likely will happen. But we are here to help you; you can let us know when it happens,’
Hopefully, these calls from the show’s stars like Ewan McGregor, will slow down the amount of online hate that Moses Ingram is getting from these so-called “fans”, but it’s unlikely to stop it completely.
The first three episodes of “Obi-Wan Kenobi” are available to watch right now on Disney+, and the series has been the most-watched series on Disney+ since the platform launched.