Star Wars is called out for ‘don’t be racist’ tweet after unveiling black star Moses Ingram

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Star Wars was slammed over a woke tweet telling critics of its newest show ‘don’t be racist,’ even though the Disney-owned franchise previously shrunk black star John Boyega‘s photo on a movie poster to appease Chinese audiences.

The tweet came in response to a slew of Instagram stories Moses Ingram – who plays Reva Sevander, aka the Third Sister, in the franchise’s new miniseries Obi-Wan Kenobi – posted revealing seemingly racist remarks sent to her by Star Wars fans.

The franchise, rushing to her defense, took to Twitter early Tuesday saying: ‘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.’

‘There are more than 20 million sentient species in the Star Wars galaxy, don’t choose to be a racist,’ the account added in a follow-up tweet.

Radio show host Dana Loesch hit back at the franchise, pointing out how members of its promotions team diminished characters of color to ensure the film would be profitable in China.

‘Didn’t you shrink, or cut altogether, all characters of color from your promotional materials in China so you could get that market’s dollars?’ she questioned, referring to the poster for the 2015 film The Force Awakens. 

Boyega, 30, who played lightsaber-wielding Finn in the flick, appeared much smaller on the Chinese advertisement than the U.S. version. The British actor and lead role in the sci-fi epic was placed under Han Solo and Princess Leia, as TIE fighters firing upon the Millennium Falcon take up the right side of the poster.

Star Wars is called out for ‘don’t be racist’ tweet after unveiling black star Moses Ingram

Star Wars was slammed over a woke tweet telling critics of its newest show not to be racist

Star Wars was slammed over a woke tweet telling critics of its newest show not to be racist

Ingram took to Instagram  on Monda to share a slew of racist comments that had been direct messaged to her.

‘Your days are numbered,’ one message read.

‘You are not the first n**** in Star Wars fool,’ stated another.

She also shared a message from one user alleging she was only hired because of her race, as well as a post connecting her being cast in the show to the pro-diversity culture that followed the murder of George Floyd

‘You suck loser,’ the Instagram user attacked. ‘You’re a diversity hire and you won’t be remembered for this acting role.’

Radio show host Dana Loesch hit back at the franchise, pointing out how members of its promotions team diminished characters of color to ensure the film would be profitable in the Chinese market

Radio show host Dana Loesch hit back at the franchise, pointing out how members of its promotions team diminished characters of color to ensure the film would be profitable in the Chinese market

The woke tweet came after Moses Ingram, who plays Reva Sevander, aka the Third Sister, in the franchise's new miniseries Obi-Wan Kenobi, took to Instagram to share a slew of racist comments aimed at her. Joel Edgerton's Owen Lars (left) is seen in an intimate conversation with Moses Ingram's Reva Sevander (right) in a scene from the show

The woke tweet came after Moses Ingram, who plays Reva Sevander, aka the Third Sister, in the franchise’s new miniseries Obi-Wan Kenobi, took to Instagram to share a slew of racist comments aimed at her. Joel Edgerton’s Owen Lars (left) is seen in an intimate conversation with Moses Ingram’s Reva Sevander (right) in a scene from the show

‘”Ayo Kenobi, you ain’t finna run forever white boy. Get back here.” -Third Sister, Obi-Wan Kenobi,’ another commentator wrote, seeming quoting a line that Ingram’s character, Sevander, said in the show.

‘You have now been converted into Saint George of Floydium of Star Wars, are you happy,’ the user added. ‘How the f**k does an alien know ebonics?’ 

Floyd was was killed two years ago by arresting Minneapolis officer Derek Chauvin who knelt on his neck until he passed out. His death prompted nationwide riots against racism and police brutality.

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After she finished sharing the hurtful posts, Ingram, 29, posted a video discussing the hate and how she cannot stop it from spreading. 

‘There’s nothing anybody can do about this,’ she told her followers. ‘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 added: ‘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.’

Ingram posted a handful of racist comments that she had been DMed to her Instagram stories

Ingram posted a handful of racist comments that she had been DMed to her Instagram stories

Ingram posted a video to her Instagram stories, telling her followers: 'There’s nothing anybody can do to stop this hate'

Ingram posted a video to her Instagram stories, telling her followers: ‘There’s nothing anybody can do to stop this hate’

Star Wars seemingly rushed to her defense with it’s ‘don’t be racist’ tweet, however fans were quick to hit back, reminding the franchise of its movie poster faux pas.

‘They didn’t stand up for Gina Carano and they didn’t stand up for John Boyega,’ wrote @Chaotickeyblade. ‘In fact they actively tried to censor John Boyega that way the movie could be played in China.’

@StarDustInSp403 shared a picture of an article questioning how Star Wars had made the franchise ‘more diverse’ with a caption reading: ‘Funny, we are asking the same thing.’

‘Oh Golly, Star Wars fans, are you ready to get called racist again because you dared to point out that your favorite franchise already had a wide range of diversity and that Disney’s preemptive campaign to inoculate against any potential genuine criticism is transparent as f**k? echoed @Rookie_425.

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‘We have characters from Legends that we love. We have influential cast from the OT that we love. We even have characters from the Disney era that we love, and ones that we don’t. It has nothing to do with the color of their skin.’ 

Others argued fans did not dislike Obi-Wan Kenobi because of Ingram, but instead disapproved of the plot and how her character was written.

‘Maybe… just maybe… people wanted a show about Obi-Wan, not some random character the writers just made up and gave god-like powers to out of nowhere,’ @PunishedGecko said. 

Fans were quick to criticize the franchise over its woke tweet, alleging it had a history of racism

Fans were quick to criticize the franchise over its woke tweet, alleging it had a history of racism

‘It’s obvious that nobody has an issue with Moses or her skin color? It’s that the story is s**t,’ echoed @Md_Boater. ‘Disney has chosen once again to disrespect the spirit of the original story and has thrown away a Golden opportunity to tell Obi Wan’s story and focuses instead on an inquisitor?!’

‘”No one cares about this new show, let’s make the fans fight over racism!”‘ wrote @HappyMantShrimp, implying Disney was trying to start conflict in effort to get more people talking about the show.

‘Words of a dying franchise…’ @ABHibbs21 said of the woke tweet.

@Nogreensocks added: ‘If they spent half as much time as you do trying to gaslight the entire galaxy, they might have had a halfway decent show.’

‘It’s not racist to disagree with the writing of the character. It’s bad, but maybe over the series it gets better….we will see,’ said @MusicmanGamer. ‘But don’t call the R card when we just not feeling it from that character.’

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