Star Wars Responds To Hate Obi-Wan Kenobi, Star Moses Ingram
Obi Wan Kenobi Star Moses Ingram took to Instagram to draw back the curtain on the racist responses that have flooded his DMs since joining the beloved Star Wars franchise as Inquisitor Reva Sevander on the new Disney+ series . To the sound of Megan Thee Stallion’s “Megan’s Piano” anthem, the actress posted screenshots to her Instagram story that warned “You are days numbered” and “You are a diversity hire and you won’t won’t be liked or remembered for this acting role.
As valid of a response as having Megan Thee Stallion soundtrack your hate rapping “Sorry hoes hate me because I’m the it girl,” Ingram dug deeper later in her story to get to the root of what really bothers her, and she said it’s not the internet haters themselves.
“Nobody can do anything to stop this hatred. I wonder what my purpose is in even being here in front of you saying this is happening,” she said. “But I think what bothers me is this feeling that I had inside of me – that no one told me – but this feeling of ‘I just have to shut up and take it, I just gotta smile and put up with it.’ And I’m not built like that.
After Ingram addressed the hate itself, the star wars franchise and Ingram’s Obi Wan Kenobi co-star, Ewan McGregor, has shown their support for her. In a video message, McGregor denounced the “horrible racist DMs” sent to Ingram, saying, “I heard some of them this morning, and it broke my heart.”
A personal message from Ewan McGregor. pic.twitter.com/rJSDmj663K
— Star Wars (@starwars) June 1, 2022
He continued, “Moses is a brilliant actor. She’s a brilliant woman. And she is absolutely amazing in this series. She brings so much to the show, she brings so much to the franchise. And it just made my stomach sick that it was happening. I just want to say, as the lead actor of the show, as the executive producer of the show, we stand with Moses. We love Moses. And if you send him bullying messages, you’re not star wars fan in my mind. There is no place for racism in this world. And I totally agree with Moses.
Meanwhile, the official star wars The Twitter account wrote, “There are over 20 million sentient species in the Star Wars galaxy, don’t choose to be racist.”
They added, “We are proud to welcome Moses Ingram to the Star Wars family and excited for Reva’s story to unfold. If someone intends to make her feel unwelcome, we have only one thing to say: we resist.
We are proud to welcome Moses Ingram to the Star Wars family and excited for Reva’s story to unfold. If someone intends to make her feel unwelcome, we have only one thing to say: we resist. pic.twitter.com/lZW0yvseBk
— Star Wars (@starwars) May 31, 2022
Star Wars had a calmer response to John Boyega’s similar reaction when he joined the franchise as Finn in Star Wars: The Force Awakens in 2015. Although he feels his screenplay was sidelined in The Last Jedi and The Rise of Skywalker, the biggest blow, he said, came from realizing he was alone in his experience.
“I’m the only cast member who’s had his own unique experience of this franchise based on his race,” he said. British QG in 2020. “Let’s leave it that way. It makes you angry at a process like that. It makes you much more militant; it changes you. Because you realize, ‘I had this opportunity, but I’m in an industry that wasn’t even ready for me.’
He added: “Nobody else in the cast had people saying they were going to boycott the movie because [they were in it]. No one else got the uproar and death threats sent to their Instagram DMs and social media, saying, “Black this and black that and you shouldn’t be a Stormtrooper.” No one else has had this experience. But yet, people are surprised that I am like that. It’s my frustration.
This story was updated 6/1/22 9:37 AM ET with Ewan McGregor’s post.