‘Star Wars’ Issues Statement After Racist Attacks on Black ‘Obi-Wan Kenobi’ Actress

Moses Ingram stars as Reva (Credit: Disney+)

The team behind Star Wars is using the force to push back against hate.

Moses Ingram, who plays Reva in the new Disney+ series Obi-Wan Kenobi, received racist messages on social media when the series premiered last week.

Ingram shared screenshots of the messages in her Instagram Stories, some even included the N-word, according to CNN. She added in a video, “The thing that bothers me is … this feeling of like, I just gotta shut up and take it, I just have to grin and bear it. And I’m not built like that.”

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The Emmy-nominated actress plays a villain, who is searching for Jedi trainer “Obi-Wan” played by Ewan McGregor. The show takes place after the downfall of Anakin Skywalker A.K.A Darth Vader. Obi-Won finds himself in a situation where he needs to use the force of the Jedi once again, but is in hiding while Reva is hunting him down.

The official Star Wars Twitter page posted the following message on May 30, making it clear there is no room for hate, even in a galaxy far, far away: “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.”

Ingram’s co-star and main character of the series, Ewan McGregor, also showed support in a video on the Star Wars Twitter page: “I just wanted to say as the leading actor in the series, as the executive producer in the series, that we stand with Moses, we love Moses. And if you’re sending her bullying messages, you are no Star Wars fan in my mind. There’s no place for racism in this world.”

Two of the six episodes are already streaming. You can watch the rest of the Obi-Wan Kenobi series every Wednesday on Disney+.