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‘Star Wars’ condemns racism after attacks on Moses Ingram

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After actress Moses Ingram reported she had received hundreds of racist messages and insults on social media, the “Star Wars” series is standing behind her. 

The brand tweeted that it was “glad to welcome” Ingram, who just made her Disney+ series “Obi-Wan Kenobi” debut as Reva. 

“If anyone tries to make her feel unwelcome in any manner, we only have one response: we resist,” the “Star Wars” account tweeted. “Don’t choose to be a bigot when there are over 20 million sentient species in the Star Wars galaxy.” 

On Instagram, Ingram shared several examples of racist messages and remarks, claiming to have received hundreds of them, some of which featured the N-word. 

“There isn’t much anyone can do about it. Nothing anyone can do will be able to stop this hatred “In a video shared on her Instagram stories, she added. 

“What concerns me is this sensation that I just have to shut up and take it, that I just have to smile and bore it. I’m not made like that, either “she went on. “Thank you to those who stand up for me in the comments and in places where I won’t put myself. And to the rest of you, you’re strange.” 

Following Ingram’s “Star Wars” debut, other actors including as John Boyega and Kelly Marie Tran have spoken out about the racist backlash they got after appearing in the films. 

Tran, the first woman of color to play a major role in a “Star Wars” film, penned an op-ed for the New York Times about the harassment she faced after appearing in “The Last Jedi” in 2017. Tran took a break from social media and went to treatment as a result of the hostility. 

Boyega’s presence in the trailer for “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” sparked a social media movement called #BlackStormtrooper in 2014, when many people reacted to his casting with mistrust and racist slurs.

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