STAR WARS Releases Official Statement Following "Racist" Backlash To OBI-WAN KENOBI Actress Moses Ingram

STAR WARS Releases Official Statement Following "Racist" Backlash To OBI-WAN KENOBI Actress Moses Ingram STAR WARS Releases Official Statement Following "Racist" Backlash To OBI-WAN KENOBI Actress Moses Ingram

Moses Ingram has received quite a lot of backlash following her debut as Inquisitor Reva in Obi-Wan Kenobi, and the official Star Wars Twitter account has now released a statement on the matter...

By MarkCassidy - May 31, 2022 05:05 AM EST
Filed Under: Star Wars

It's a shame that something like this is even necessary, but the official Star Wars Twitter account has released a brief statement following a significant amount of backlash aimed at The Queen's Gambit actress Moses Ingram, who made her debut as Sith Inquisitor Reva in Disney+'s Obi-Wan Kenobi this past Friday.

"We are proud to welcome Moses Ingram to the Star Wars family and excited for Reva’s story to unfold," reads the Tweet. "If anyone intends to make her feel in any way unwelcome, we have only one thing to say: we resist. There are more than 20 million sentient species in the Star Wars galaxy, don’t choose to be a racist."

While some of the criticisms of Ingram's role are perfectly valid (we had our own issues with all three of the show's Inquisitors), it's clear that a toxic element of the fandom has taken advantage of the negativity to launch flat-out racist attacks. A similar situation arose when Kelly Marie-Tran appeared as Rose Tico in Star Wars: The Last Jedi.

Fortunately, these type of comments do seem to be in the minority, although the recoil must have been significant enough to make Lucasfilm take notice if they released this response. Ingram has yet to comment, but we'll be sure to keep you updated.

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InfinitePunches
InfinitePunches - 5/31/2022, 9:22 AM
She seems like a very sweet person and definitely does not deserve such treatment. Unfortunately, she cannot act her way out of a paper bag.
pestulio07
pestulio07 - 5/31/2022, 10:11 AM
@InfinitePunches - Oh good, it's not just me then lol. I watched both episodes last night, and her "acting" stuck out like a sore thumb.
pestulio07
pestulio07 - 5/31/2022, 10:11 AM
Oh whatever. Disney literally lashed out at the fanbase about this before the show even came out. They're trying to manufacture drama.
Forthas
Forthas - 5/31/2022, 12:17 PM
There must be a way to get rid of these racist F#cks! Maybe Lucas Films should come out and tell the public that they don't want the support of racists who attack their actors.
Lhornbk
Lhornbk - 5/31/2022, 1:10 PM
Smh.....only a very, very small minority of those who are criticizing her care about the color of her skin. The attacks are coming because she's not doing that great of a job in the role, and because there is a sense that she's going to end up having as large a role, and possibly even a larger role, than the man the series is named after. There are also some who feel, based on Kathleen Kennedy's past, that the main reason Reva is being pushed is due to the desire to push diversity and downplay characters from the original series instead of for legitimate story reasons. Disney is trying to make all criticism of her illegitimate by claiming that it is all based on racism. That now seems to be their standard tactic to deflect criticism, unless the criticism is directed at men, either white or black. Finn wasn't exactly given the same amount of support by Disney, and Disney doesn't seem to care about criticism of the other inquisitors, at least not enough to post a defense on social media. And it's funny, I don't remember any big controversy about so-called racist attacks on Ming-Na Wen for her role on The Mandalorian and Book of Boba Fett, and you would think if all those who attacked Kelly Tran and this actress were racist, that those same people would attack Ming-Na Wen as well. (I'm sure an extremely small minority are attacking these actresses due to racism, but the emphasis should be on "extremely small." Honestly, the best way to make those idiots go away would be to ignore them, but Disney and Lucasfilm have an agenda to support, and so they have to make the racist element of the fandom appear larger than it really is in order to suppress those with legitimate complaints and those who oppose that agenda.)
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