“It shouldn’t be my place to have to internalize their misogyny or racism.”
Kelly Marie Tran opened up about her decision to leave social media following the online abuse she faced while playing Rose Tico in The Last Jedi.
In therapy, Kelly says she learned, “If someone doesn’t understand me or my experience, it shouldn’t be my place to have to internalize their misogyny or racism or all of the above. Maybe they just don’t have the imagination to understand that there are different types of people living in the world.”
It even got to the point where she lost sight of why she was in the industry, telling THR, “Any time that happens, I have to close up shop and go away for a while and really interact in the real world — read books and journal and go on hikes and look at a tree and remind myself that there was a fire that burned inside of me before Star Wars, before any of this. And I needed to find that again.”
“I’ve truly just been so much happier without being on the internet,” she continued. “I’ve had my agents tell me [I’m] forgoing brand partnerships, but I’m not here to sell flat-tummy tea to young girls.”
This isn’t the first time Kelly has spoken about the harassment — she previously penned an essay for the New York Times where she wrote, “It wasn’t their words, it’s that I started to believe them. 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.”
And Kelly isn’t the only woman of Star Wars to have left social media — Daisy Ridley previously quit Instagram, saying it was bad for mental health.
Both actors are working on healing, and Raya and the Last Dragon comes out this Friday.
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