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Ewan McGregor Lays Into 'Star Wars' Fans Who Sent Racist DMs To Black 'Obi-Wan Kenobi' Star

Ewan McGregor Lays Into 'Star Wars' Fans Who Sent Racist DMs To Black 'Obi-Wan Kenobi' Star
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The Star Wars franchise has been coming out in full force to defend Moses Ingram from racist and sexist attacks. This includes the star of the new Obi-Wan Kenobi series, Ewan McGregor himself.

The clip was recorded by McGregor and shared by the official Star Wars Twitter account.

And he has some choice words for those who are trying to drive Ingram out.

The clip starts with McGregor thanking fans for making Obi-Wan Kenobi the most watched series premiere on Disney+. However, his tone quickly changes.

He speaks about how painful it was to hear about the kinds of abuse people are sending toward Ingram.

McGregor said:

“However, 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.”
“And I heard some of them this morning and it just broke my heart.”

He continued, giving praise to Ingram and said those who are sending bullying messages aren’t Star Wars fans in his mind.

Hopefully, if anyone can get through to the mob, it’s Obi-Wan Kenobi himself.

In Obi-Wan Kenobi, Ingram plays Reva Sevander, an Imperial Inquisitor hunting the titular Jedi. Her character is ambitious, ruthless, and will do anything to find Kenobi.

Some of the racist and sexist commenters have tried to hide behind “legitimate” criticism, claiming that her character is bad and given too much screen time. Which is a strange criticism when her character is the primary antagonist, with an unrevealed, personal drive to attack Kenobi.

Ingram has also been nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award for her work in the Netflix series The Queen’s Gambit. While no one, even an award-winning actor, is above criticism, it’s going to take a little more than just “the character is bad” to be seen in good faith.

McGregor stands by Ingram's acting ability, saying:

"Moses is a brilliant actor. She's a brilliant woman, and she she's absolutely amazing in this series."

He ended the video saying:

"There’s no place for racism in this world. And I totally stand with Moses.”

Criticism of a character should never involve the racist messages Ingram has been receiving.

Star Wars has always had a problem with its White male fanbase attacking non-White actors and any hint of LGBTQ+ storyline. This includes Kelly Marie Tran’s and John Boyega’s characters, Rose Tico and Finn respectively, in the sequel trilogy.

While Disney is standing by Ingram as she receives racist messages, some are wondering why Disney didn’t try to cut off the hate before it happens, since there’s clearly a pattern.