Kelly Marie Tran Has Deleted Her Instagram Following Months Of Harassment
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Last week, people noticed that Star Wars actor Kelly Marie Tran had deleted her Instagram account.
Some people believed this was because of the harassment she received for her role as Rose Tico in The Last Jedi.
Screenshots of the now-deleted abuse have been shared across the internet over the past few months to show what Tran was receiving on her Instagram.
And when the news broke that the comments might have led to her deleting the account, fans rushed to support her.
This isn't the first time a Star Wars star has exited social media due to fan abuse. Last year, Daisy Ridley deleted her accounts, saying she found the platforms bad for her mental health.
Ridley had come to international attention thanks to the franchise, but her key role in both The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi brought accusations that the new films were propaganda from a "social justice warrior," and that Ridley's character Rey was a Mary Sue — an overly perfect character inserted into the story by creators to serve an unrealistic purpose.
Tran's character, Rose Tico, a maintenance worker for the Resistance, was introduced in The Last Jedi and was quickly singled out by Star Wars fans in a similar way.
As the press tour began prior to the release of the film, Tran's social media drew a lot of (positive) attention.
However, following its release — which had a more mixed reception than the previous two films — a lot of vitriol was directed at Tran's character.
Liena Gül, a 22-year-old who runs a Kelly Marie Tran fan account on Twitter, told BuzzFeed News that the account regularly received abusive messages from people taking issue with the actor's role in the Star Wars universe.
Some people shared photos and videos of leftover Tico toys at stores.
And some people have attributed the recent release of Solo: A Stars Wars Story for the renewed campaign of harassment.
Similarly to The Last Jedi, Solo has also been accused of forcing diversity — in Solo, one character is retroactively announced as pansexual. Some people have gone as far as to call the film "Soylo," a play on a popular far-right term "soy boy" used to describe men that lack typical masculine qualities.