'Star Wars' Responds After Moses Ingram Receives Racist Death Threats

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The Star Wars franchise is speaking out after Obi-Wan Kenobi star Moses Ingram received racist messages on social media.

The official Star Wars Twitter account sent off a series of tweets standing up for Ingram, who plays Reva in the new Obe-Wan series, after she posted screenshots on Instagram Story of the racist comments she's received since the new series premiered on Friday (May 27).

One of the messages said Ingram's "days are numbered" and another said the 29-year-old was a "diversity hire."

"We are proud to welcome Moses Ingram to the Star Wars family and excited for Reva's story to unfold," the Star Wars account wrote on Monday (May 30). "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.

Ingram told her Instagram followers that she's received "hundreds" of hateful messages.

"I question what my purpose is even being here in front of you saying this is happening," she said in the Instagram Story video. "I think the thing that bothers me is that, like, sort of, this feeling that I've had inside of myself, which no one has told me, but this I just have to shut up and bear it, and I'm not built like that."

It's not the first time Star Wars fans have shown racism towards an actor of color. John Boyega and Kelly Marie Tran both faced racism after their roles in the film series were announced.

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