‘Star Wars’ Actress Kelly Marie Tran Deletes or Hides Instagram Posts
The actress has not publicly commented on her reasoning for deleting or hiding the posts, but her bio on the social media platform says, “Afraid, but doing it anyway.”
Star Wars: The Last Jedi was the first major role for the 29-year-old Tran, the first Asian-American woman to have a lead part in a Star Wars franchise. The Vietnamese-American began receiving online racist abuse starting in December 2017 when The Last Jedi premiered, HuffPost reported at the time.
In December, a user edited the Rose Tico bio on the Star Wars FANDOM page Wookieepedia to include racist and derogatory slurs, including changing the character’s name to “Ching Chong Wing Tong.”
“FANDOM has a zero tolerance policy for vandalism, inclusive of racism and harassment,” the site told Newsweek in December, adding that the user has been banned from the site. “The wiki admins take this very seriously and took the steps to resolve this situation as quickly as possible, including escalation to our team, and subsequent lockdown. This lockdown will remain for the foreseeable future and we will be closely monitoring activity on this wiki.”
Tran and her character Tico were also targeted with abuse on Twitter.
Following the news that Tran had removed or hidden her Instagram posts, The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson condemned the harassment on Twitter. And actor Mark Hamill, who plays Luke Skywalker in the Star Wars franchise, tweeted a photo with Tran saying “What’s not to love? #GetALifeNerds.”
Fortune did not receive any immediate response from Instagram and Lucasfilm to a request for comment.