Although sequel trilogy actors John Boyega and Kelly Marie Tran have been brutally harassed by self-proclaimed “Star Wars” fans in the past, Ingram seemed to take things one step forward as she posted some of the harassing Instagram messages to her Instagram Stories, including some that included the N-word.
Trevor Noah Puts A Spotlight On Moses Ingram Harassment
“There’s nothing anybody can do about this,” Ingram said in a video transcribed by The Hollywood Reporter. “There’s nothing anybody can do to stop this hate. I question my purpose in even being here in front of you saying that this is happening. I don’t really know.”
She continued, “The thing that bothers me is this feeling inside of myself, that no one has told me, but this feeling that I have to shut up and take it, that I have to grin and bear it. And I’m not built like that. So, I wanted to come on and say thank you to the people who show up for me in the comments and the places that I’m not going to put myself. And to the rest of y’all, y’all weird.”
“The Daily Show” host Trevor Noah, who has never been shy about confronting racism in the past, was quick to come to her defense.
Trevor Noah Slams Racist ‘Star Wars’ Fan Base: ‘Like, Guys, What Is This?’
On his show, the South African born comedian confronted the controversy head-on on Wednesday night.
“Nobody should have to just shut up and take racism,” he told his audience. “Especially in Star Wars,” he added as he pointed out how little sense it made to be racist when it came to science fiction.
“Like, guys, what is this?” he asked. “From the beginning, this has been a series where no one thinks twice if Harrison Ford is best friends with a giant dog-bear or if a brother and sister want to smash.”
“No one complains about that,” he went on. “They’re not getting death threats.”
Trevor seemed to back John Boyega, saying that he was “so tired of fans attacking Black people in Star Wars.” Noah added that there are “so many races and species they could be bigoted against instead” and encouraged fans to “mix it up” and “think bigger” by going after other species.
Although he praised the “Star Wars” Twitter account and star Ewan McGregor for standing up against the racism, Noah insisted that the franchise “needs to come back even harder against the racists.”
“They should give Princess Leia a new Black boyfriend,” he joked, adding, “Hey, yo, Leia, I got the plans for the Death Star. We gonna f— tonight.”
‘Star Wars’ Twitter Tells Fans ‘Don’t Choose To Be A Racist’
We are proud to welcome Moses Ingram to the Star Wars family and excited for Reva’s story to unfold. If anyone intends to make her feel in any way unwelcome, we have only one thing to say: we resist. pic.twitter.com/lZW0yvseBk
— Star Wars (@starwars) May 31, 2022
Shortly after Ingram posted the messages to her Instagram Stories, the official Star Wars Twitter account decided to step in. They tweeted, “We are proud to welcome Moses Ingram to the Star Wars family and excited for Reva’s story to unfold. If anyone intends to make her feel in any way unwelcome, we have only one thing to say: we resist.”
They added, “There are more than 20 million sentient species in the Star Wars galaxy, don’t choose to be a racist.”
A personal message from Ewan McGregor. pic.twitter.com/rJSDmj663K
— Star Wars (@starwars) June 1, 2022
Star Ewan McGregor, who plays the titular Kenobi, also decided to speak out to support his co-star.
“Moses is a brilliant actor. She is a brilliant woman. And she is absolutely amazing in this series,” he said. “She brings so much to the series, she brings so much to the franchise. And it just sickened me to my stomach that this had been happening. I just want to say as the lead actor in the series, as the executive producer on the series, that we stand with Moses. We love Moses.”
“And if you’re sending her bullying messages, you’re no Star Wars fan in my mind,” he added. “There’s no place for racism in this world. And I totally stand with Moses.”