Asian American celebrities are rallying their support around breakout star Kelly Marie Tran, who played Rose Tico in last year’s “The Last Jedi.” Tired of internet trolls harassing her online, Tran deleted all her Instagram posts yesterday.
Despite the negativity that drove Tran to erase her activity on the photo-sharing social media site, crowds of “Star Wars” fans have come to her defense, including fellow Asian American celebs. Here’s what some of them had to say:
Olivia Munn practically wrote a novel encouraging the “Star Wars” actress to ignore the haters.
— om (@oliviamunn) June 6, 2018
Masi Oka just wishes “Star Wars” fans could enjoy the franchise without bringing people down.
Sad to hear about Kelly Marie Tran being bullied off of instagram. She was great in the movie. IMHO, fandom should be about inclusion and sharing the love of something that we passionately care about.
— Masi Oka (@MasiOka) June 5, 2018
Kumail Nanjiani doesn’t understand why someone would troll one of the best parts of “The Last Jedi.”
I totally embarrassingly fanned out when I met Kelly Marie Tran. Rose Tico was unequivocally one of the highlights of The Last Jedi. You’d have to be an idiot to disagree with that.
— Kumail Nanjiani (@kumailn) June 5, 2018
Margaret Cho shouted out her support in all-caps lest there be any confusion about where she stands.
— Margaret Cho (@margaretcho) June 6, 2018
Harry Shum, Jr. hopes Tran feels his love now as much as he felt her joy during “The Last Jedi” promotions.
I don’t know @kellymarietran personally but I’ve come to like her through social media and her infectious jovial personality. Loved seeing her joy shine through with her excitement to be part of an iconic franchise. I hope she feels the love that so many are giving her now. https://t.co/btGHNEqfSm
— Harry Shum Jr (@HarryShumJr) June 6, 2018
Henry Golding told us a story about a time when Tran’s pride and joy over being part of such an iconic franchise touched his heart, too.
I hate the fact @kellymarietran was bullied and harassed on the internet to the point where she was forced to leave social media. I remember the first time seeing her in Singapore when she came for a preview of a behind the scenes look of Star wars the last Jedi… pic.twitter.com/0wOtzs2eGc
— Henry Golding (@henrygolding) June 6, 2018
Katie Leung feels sorry that other young Asian American actresses have one less inspiring Instagram to follow.
Kelly Marie Tran’s Instagram was the best thing about Instagram. Haters have shut down an essential gateway to so many Asian girls including myself feeling inspired and beautiful through her posts. Shame on you.
— Katie Leung (@Kt_Leung) June 6, 2018
Jenny Yang called out the problematic “Star Wars” fans who harassed Tran online.
#KellyMarieTran did not write the movie. She acted the shit out of the character. She doesn’t deserve this highly racist and misogynist subset of toxic #StarWars fandom. Yall are embarrassing. https://t.co/O30Mxx8rpo
— Jenny Yang (@jennyyangtv) June 5, 2018