Star Wars actress Kelly Marie Tran explained that she deleted her Instagram account because of racist trolls in an op-ed for The New York Times, declaring that she will no longer be marginalized or ashamed for her Vietnamese heritage.
Kelly Marie Tran, who is currently filming Star Wars IX, said she decided to get rid of her social media profile because she started believing what the trolls were telling her and confirmed what she had. feeling.
“Their words seemed to confirm what growing up as a woman and a person of color had already taught me: that I belong to the margins and the spaces, valid only as a minor figure in their lives and their stories. And those words awakened something deep in me – a feeling that I thought I had come out of.
Star Wars actress Kelly Marie Tran explained why she decided to delete her Instagram account
Who is Kelly Marie Tran?
Born Loan Tran on January 17, 1989 in San Diego, California, now known as Kelly Marie Tran is renowned for his roles as Rose Tico in the 2017 Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi film in addition to other shorts and television appearances.
As stated in The Huffington Post, his father grew up homeless as a child and after moving to the United States as a refugee he worked in a Burger King to support the family, while his mother worked in a funeral home.
Kelly worked at a Golden Spoon yogurt store to make money for some head butt and went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in communication from UCLA. Her acting career began when she starred in a web series called Ladies Like Us in 2013 and later appeared in CollegeHumor videos.
In 2015, Kelly Marie Tran was cast to play Rose Tico, a rebellious mechanic who joins Finn (John Boyega)
In 2015, Kelly was cast to play Rose Tico, a rebellious mechanic who joins Finn after the sacrifice of her sister Paige. Talk to Variety, she said she hadn’t been allowed to tell her parents she got the part for months.
“I told them I was doing an independent film in Canada. At one point, I actually bought some maple syrup so that I could bring it back to them so they would think I was in Canada. However, after the film was released in December 2017, Kelly began to be abused online.
Lawyer Anthony Nguyen mentionned: ‘Kelly Marie Tran is the first woman of color to star in the Star Wars franchise. Instead of applauding the diverse addition to the cast, some viewers chose to insult and degrade Tran with racist comments about his looks and intelligence.
“People of color, especially Asian Americans, are grossly under-represented on television and in movies. Unfortunately, it’s comments like these that show why Hollywood may be reluctant to portray more diverse characters.
“Although Tran must have suffered horrific racial abuse online, many others have stood up for him. Hopefully, those positive voices will be strong enough to cover others so that more people of color can have the chances they deserve in Hollywood.
Kelly Marie Tran and John Boyega seen here in a scene from the last Star Wars, released in 2017
Kelly Marie Tran abuse
In August 2018, Kelly Marie Tran opened up about the abuse she suffered from online trolls in a New York Times article and explained why she felt pressured to delete her Instagram account.
“These weren’t their words, I started to believe them. Their words seemed to confirm what growing up as a woman and a person of color had already taught me: that I belong to the fringes and spaces, valid only as a minor figure in their lives and stories. “
Kelly added, “And those words sparked something inside of me – a feeling that I thought I grew up on. The same feeling I had when at 9 years old, I completely stopped speaking Vietnamese because I was sick of hearing other kids laughing at me.
“Or at 17, at a dinner party with my white boyfriend and his family, I ordered a meal in perfect English, to the surprise of the waitress, who exclaimed, ‘Wow, this is so cute that you have an exchange student! Their words reinforced a story I had heard all my life: that I was different, that I didn’t belong, that I wasn’t good enough, just because I wasn’t like them.
“And that feeling, I realize now, was, and is, shame, shame on the things that made me different, shame on the culture I’m from. And for me the most disappointing thing was that I felt it at all.
The actress then said, “I want to live in a world where children of color don’t spend their entire teenage years wanting to be white. I want to live in a world where women aren’t subjected to scrutiny for their appearance. , or their actions, or their existence in general.
“I want to live in a world where people of all races, religions, socio-economic classes, sexual orientations, gender identities and abilities are seen as what they always have been: human beings. This is the world I want to live in. And this is the world that I will continue to work towards.
“These are the thoughts that run through my head every time I pick up a script, script or book. I know that the opportunity given to me is rare. I know that I now belong to a small group of privileged people who can tell stories for a living, stories that are heard, seen and digested by a world that for so long has tasted only one thing.
“I know how important it is. And I’m not giving up. Kelly will appear in Star Wars IX alongside Daisy Ridley and John Boyega; There are also rumors that Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamill will be involved in one way or another as well.
In fact, Mark Hamill took to Twitter to congratulate Kelly Marie Tran for speaking up and used her real name Loan in the tweet. “I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: WHAT NOT TO LOVE? I love you, Loan … we don’t deserve you and you are just getting started,” he said. -he declares.