Following the premiere of the new Disney+ limited series “Obi-Wan Kenobi,” star and executive producer Ewan McGregor decried any hateful critics of casting decisions as “no Star Wars fan.”
The 51-year-old actor reprised his role as Kenobi in the streaming series set 10 years after the film “Revenge of the Sith” and is joined by actress Moses Ingram, 29, known for her Emmy nominated supporting role in the Netflix series “The Queen’s Gambit.” With the release of the first two episodes Friday, Ingram reported “hundreds” of racist and bigoted messages were sent to her social media account.
“There is no place for racism in this world,” McGregor declared in a statement posted online.
“It seems that some of the fan base, from this influential fan base, have decided to attack Moses Ingram online and send her the most horrendous, racist DMS,” he summarized. “I heard some of them this morning and it just broke my heart.”
In his brief message, the actor expressed his opinion that Ingram “is absolutely amazing in this series” and how learning of the comments directed at her “sickened me to my stomach.”
“I just want to say as the leading actor in the series, as the executive producer on the series, that we stand with Moses,” McGregor added. “We love Moses, and if you’re sending her bullying messages, you’re no Star Wars fan in my mind.”
Ingram had stated on her Instagram account that, “There’s nothing anybody can do to stop hate,” as she shared some of the messages that stated, “you suck loser” and “you’re a diversity hire and you won’t be loved or remembered for this acting role.”
Prior to the release of the series, Ingram told The Independent that the studio had warned her this could happen. “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,'” she said.
Star Wars also showed their support of the actress in a tweet that read, “We are proud to welcome Moses Ingram to the Star Wars family…If anyone intends to make her feel in any way unwelcome, we have only one thing to say: we resist.”
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. pic.twitter.com/lZW0yvseBk
— Star Wars (@starwars) May 31, 2022
However, given the Disney-owned franchise’s record, their hypocrisy was quickly pointed out for throttling the appearance of actor John Boyega in promotional materials released in China for the 2015 film “The Force Awakens.”
You didn’t resist that hard. 🙄 pic.twitter.com/EQUJyLoKeW
— 🐝Noel Gallagher🐝 (@Noelgsuperman) May 31, 2022
— Siraj Hashmi (@SirajAHashmi) May 31, 2022
For her part, Ingram acknowledged the opinions of others were not something that she needed to dwell on or engage with, adding, “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, ya’ll weird.”
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