Star Wars’ Kelly Marie Tran Offers Powerful Statement Following Her Forceful Exit From Social Media
Earlier this year, Star Wars actress Kelly Marie Tran deleted her Instagram following a slew of hateful comments and harassment by Star Wars “fans” which, despite prompting a fiery reaction from the cast and crew of The Last Jedi, still left the galaxy just a bit darker than it was before. Now, almost three months later, the actress has released a powerful statement about the obstacles she has had to overcome throughout her entire life, and that she “won’t be marginalized” by online harassment any longer.
In an op-ed piece for The New York Times, Tran opens up about the difficulties she has had on social media ever since her role in Star Wars: The Last Jedi was revealed, and how it eventually served as a catalyst for the realization that the world, rather than her, is at fault for the shame she has felt her entire life. “It wasn’t their words, it’s that I started to believe them,” Tran begins. “Their words seemed to confirm what growing up as a woman and a person of color already taught me: that I belonged in margins and spaces, valid only as a minor character in their lives and stories.”
Their words reinforced a narrative I had heard my whole life: that I was “other,” that I didn’t belong, that I wasn’t good enough, simply because I wasn’t like them. And that feeling, I realize now, was, and is, shame, a shame for the things that made me different, a shame for the culture from which I came from. And to me, the most disappointing thing was that I felt it at all.”
Tran later says that her abuser’s words “awakened something deep inside me – a feeling I thought I had grown out of. The same feeling I had when at nine, I stopped speaking Vietnamese altogether because I was tired of hearing other kids mock me.” She then says that she realized she had been brainwashed, and discussed her hopes for a brighter, better world to live in.
I want to live in a world where children of color don’t spend their entire adolescence wishing to be white. I want to live in a world where women are not subjected to scrutiny for their appearance, or their actions, or their general existence. I want to live in a world where people of all races, religions, socioeconomic classes, sexual orientations, gender identities and abilities are seen as what they have always been: human beings.”
Kelly Marie Tran’s entire op-ed can be read here.
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