Obi-Wan Kenobi star Moses Ingram states that Lucasfilm cautioned her ahead of time about the “likely” possibility of racist reaction from Star Wars fans.
Obi-Wan Kenobi star Moses Ingram stated that Lucasfilm cautioned her about the capacity for racist reaction from particular Star Wars fans.
“It was something that Lucasfilm actually got in front of, and said, ‘This is a thing that, unfortunately, likely will happen. But we are here to help you; you can let us know when it happens,'” Ingram stated in an interview with The Independent. She likewise mentioned that Obi-Wan Kenobi director Deborah Chow has actually put “the proper systems in place so I feel safe as we do the work” throughout production. “Of course, there are always pockets of hate,” Ingram continued. “However I have no issue with the block button.”
“Obi-Wan is going to bring the most diversity I think we’ve ever seen in the galaxy before,” stated Ingram, who will represent the Inquisitor in the upcoming Disney+ series. “To me, it’s long overdue. If you’ve got talking droids and aliens, but no people of color, it doesn’t make any sense. It’s 2022, you know. So we’re just at the beginning of that change. But I think to start that change is better than never having started it.”
Recently, franchise stars Kellie Marie Tran and John Boyega have actually been open about the racist harassment they have actually gotten from Star Wars fans throughout their time in the Skywalker follow up trilogy, which started with Star Wars: The Last Jedi in 2017. Tran, who initially looked like Rose Tico in The Last Jedi and once again in Star Wars: The Increase of Skywalker, experienced considerable online harassment from fans for her race, gender and look, which triggered the star to leave social networks totally in 2018. In a Might 2021 interview, Tran went over the toxicity she experienced from the Star Wars fandom and how it affected her total psychological health.
“I recognize my own privilege and understand that there are some people who have to be on social media for their work and their positions,” Tran stated at the time. “The thing about it that makes me really upset is just what you were saying in the beginning of us initially speaking, where it’s like, why are we as artists, or as writers, or as creators in the spaces on social media, why are we the ones that have to normalize receiving harassment? That should not be OK.”
Boyega, who made his launching as Finn in Star Wars: The Force Awakens in 2015, has actually slammed how actors of color in the Star Wars franchise have actually been managed by Disney in the past. Nevertheless, in May 2021, Boyega exposed that he had “a really nice, transparent, honest conversation” with Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy about the racial concerns within the franchise. “I think these kinds of conversations, you can go into the realm of sounding like you’re just trying to save your own career, but what is great now is that it is a conversation that anyone has access to,” he stated at the time.
Obi-Wan Kenobi premieres on Disney+ on May 27.
Source: The Independent