Obi-Wan star Moses Ingram stands up to racist backlash
The star wars fanbase is infamous for its toxic fringe, the strong minority of hypercritical “fans” who harass actors for daring to play their roles, their reviews heavily laced with sexist and racist commentary.
They’ve chased actresses off the internet, mass bullied a literal child, and now are inundating actor Moses Ingram with racist messages after she appeared as the main antagonist in the new film. Obi Wan Kenobi series.
“There is nothing anyone can do about it. No one can do anything to stop this hatred. I question my goals for even being here in front of you to say this is happening. I do not really know.
The official star wars Twitter account also denounced the racist backlash, writing in a statement:
“We are proud to welcome Moses Ingram to the Star Wars family and thrilled to see Reva’s story unfold… There are over 20 million sentient species in the Star Wars galaxy, don’t choose to be racist.”
Obi-Wan Kenobi is the last star wars legacy character to inspire a Disney+ spin-off, and fan expectations were high; Obi-Wan has long been one of the franchise’s most popular characters, with Ewan McGregor’s performance considered iconic.
But, with the exception of The MandalorianDisney+ star wars the series have been surprisingly flimsy, with baffling creative decisions, questionable writing, and numerous rambling edits; fans found the two-episode series premiere as much to laugh at as they were to appreciate.
But an inordinate amount of criticism has focused on Ingram’s character, Raya, a Force-sensitive inquisitor who works for the Empire; fans criticized her character as “poorly written” and “one-dimensional”.
While writing in Kenobi absolutely has issues, the concentrated rage directed at Ingram’s character is telling – Reva echoes the pantomime villains that have always defined star warsand hints that he’s just as confrontational as Darth Vader and Kylo Ren.
For a franchise filled with simple, archetypal characters, it’s interesting how certain roles seem to draw that particular criticism and level of vitriol.
There’s a lot to criticize about Disney star wars, but none of this should be focused on the actors, who are just doing their job; the hatred and harassment to which they are subjected shows an alarming inability of some fans to distinguish fiction from reality.
Indeed, the backlash against Ingram began even before the show aired, as clickbait YouTubers were outraged by its mere existence from the start. Lucasfilm executives even warned Ingram to expect racist harassment from the notoriously toxic fringe of the fandom.
from Ingram instagram story concluded by thanking his supporting fans and dismissing the bigoted trolls with a simple and devastating bashing:
“I really just wanted to come in, I think, and say thank you to the people who show up for me in the comments and places that I’m not going to put myself. And for the rest of you… …you’re all weird.