Actress Kelly Marie Tran, who played resistance fighter Rose Tico in Star Wars: The Last Jedi, had a coveted Instagram account which delighted her fans around the world.
But it appears that at the weekend the actress deleted all of her posts, after what fans noted had followed months of online racial and sexual harassment.
— Star Wars Facts (@SWTweets) June 5, 2018
Kelly Marie Tran removed all her wonderful instagram posts pic.twitter.com/3YlZTnEACS
— sleemo (@sleemo_) May 31, 2018
The page is still active, but there are now ‘zero’ posts for her 190,000 followers.
Her page description, ‘Afraid, but doing it anyway’, remains.
After Tran, who is Vietnamese-American, arrived in the spotlight following her starring role in the second movie of the new Star Wars trilogy last year, she has been targeted with abuse on both Instagram and Twitter.
Fandom, the company that runs the pages, later issued an apology, adding that it had ‘a zero tolerance policy for vandalism, inclusive of racism and harassment’.
Daisy Ridley also deleted her Instagram account in 2017 and never returned, after becoming the victim of harassment and abuse over a remark she made about gun control in the US.
She later told Glamour magazine: “I was on Instagram, trying to do that whole thing, and people weren’t very nice. I posted a thing about gun regulations, because I was at an event in tribute to the Orlando shooting at Pulse [where 49 people were killed and over 50 were wounded]. People weren’t nice about how I looked. And I was like, ‘I’m out.’ Simple as that. That is not what I signed up for.
“Everyone said, ‘It’s because she talked about gun safety,’ but it wasn’t. If I want to talk about gun safety, I will talk about gun safety. And I didn’t sign up for people to go, ‘You’re amazing!’ But I didn’t sign up for them to say things like ‘Your skin is sh*t,’ either… so I took down the post, and then I deleted my account.”
Fans have taken the news badly, but appear not to be surprised, many also referring to the abuse that child actor Jake Lloyd, who played the young Anakin Skywalker in George Lucas’s prequels, also received at the hands of a certain branch of Star Wars fan.
Many of the people who attacked Jake Lloyd (when he was a child) over TPM are probably the same ones who attack Kelly Marie Tran, Daisy Ridley, & Kathleen Kennedy. A lot if them probably blame society for why they have no real friends. Look in the mirror, no one likes a bully.
— Alison Berrios (@CosplayForJedi) June 4, 2018
so both Kelly Marie Tran and Daisy Ridley have deleted their Instagrams because of harassment. Congrats to Star Wars for having the trashiest goddamn fan base around https://t.co/oLC1EL7arc
— Alex Bruce-Smith (@alexbrucesmith) June 5, 2018
kelly marie tran deleted her Instagram because some of you grown ass ugly troglodytes couldn’t dislike a goddamned star wars character without harassing the actress who played her!
— bisexual nine nine (@ejnoodles) June 4, 2018
kelly marie tran deserves better than the star wars fandom that can’t seem to grasp the idea that she’s an actual person not her character
— danielle (@nomadstrange) June 3, 2018
Daisy Ridley and Kelly Marie Tran were the best things to happen to Instagram and now they are both gone.
— bec (@rebeccaclark) June 4, 2018
Your stunted sense of self-worth ended with lightsabers and space dog-fights, not the messages behind these movies.
Kelly Marie Tran is the best a Star Wars fan can aspire to.
YOU DO NOT DESERVE STAR WARS, YOU ARE NOT WELCOME ANYMORE.
— Rron R2 is an Ang Lee Shill (@rron007) June 5, 2018
The world don't deserves Kelly Marie Tran, she's the cutest, so adorable and funny but the world is full of idiots, heartless human beings and they're responsible for making her deleting the Instagram account, bunch of losers!! I hate you all!! pic.twitter.com/hLjHpS8fKX
— Balance (@daisyridleylit) June 3, 2018
Pleasingly, however, fans are also now rallying behind Tran.
If you followed Kelly Marie Tran on instagram then you know she has been one of the loveliest and most positive souls on the goddamn internet in the past year and I will FIGHT every last person who hurt her https://t.co/WDP6j2HM5N
— Sarah Dollard (@snazdoll) June 5, 2018
kelly marie tran i just want you to know there are so many of us out here that love and appreciate you and your role in star wars
— watch dirty computer (@beewIw) June 4, 2018