Star War Actress Kelly Marie Tran Removes Instagram Posts After Harassment

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"Rose Tico was unequivocally one of the highlights of 'The Last Jedi, '" Nanjiani tweeted in reaction to the news about Tran's harassment. Some were so outraged by the storylines they demanded the movie be forever removed from Star Wars canon. When John Boyega and his character Finn were first announced for "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" in 2015 an onslaught of racism was unleashed for having a black character. "I was terrified of being picked apart, of being scrutinized, of being seen", Tran wrote in one now-deleted post. The harassment extended to the "Star Wars" Wookieepedia website, where people altered the Rose Tico page to feature racist language.

While it was unclear Wednesday if the abuse extended to comments on her Instagram feed, '"The Last Jedi" actress has been suffering trolling for months.

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"I was at [the Teen Choice Awards] and people weren't nice about how I looked".

The majority of Star Wars fans, including Last Jedi director Rian Johnson, are voicing their support for Tran on social media.

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Tran's Instagram account is still live, but there are no posts - only a bio line that says: "Afraid, but doing it anyway".

Today, Tran wiped her Instagram of all photos - a move previously deployed by Daisy Ridley soon after she herself joined the Star Wars family.

The Star Wars Malaysia Fan Club has also reacted to reports of Tran's abuse, saying the franchise "deserved better fans".

"'I'm just not equipped for [Instagram]", she said, adding that she never opened a Twitter account.

"I posted a thing about gun regulations, because I was at an event in tribute to the Orlando shooting at Pulse", Ridley later explained during an interview with Glamour.

Earlier this week, Tran's popular Instagram page - ordinarily full of the Star Wars actress' nerdy passions and thoughtful musings - was suddenly empty of content. "And I was like, 'I'm out, '" she said. "I was like, 'I'm out, ' Simple as a that".

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