Star War Actress Kelly Marie Tran Removes Instagram Posts After Harassment

Kelly Marie Tran

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Kumail Nanjiani and a handful of film, television, and comic book writers are coming to Kelly Marie Tran's defense following the news the actress wiped her Instagram account clean in the wake of extreme social media harassment from angry "Star Wars" fans.

The 29-year-old scrubbed her entire Instagram account on Tuesday, leaving only her profile picture and bio - which now features a poignant note.

Following the release of Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Tran tried to use her newfound fame to inspire and encourage others to follow her dreams just like her.

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While The Last Jedi certainly did have a few problems, many Star Wars "fans" on the Internet have responded with hatred toward the sequel for the past six months, directing their negativity both toward the movie itself and toward those involved.

Fellow Star Wars leading lady Daisy Ridley also deleted her Instagram account in 2017 and never returned, after becoming the victim of harassment and abuse over a remark she made about gun control in the U.S.

"I was at [the Teen Choice Awards] and people weren't nice about how I looked. Not fighting what we hate, but by saving what we love".

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In a post from October (screengrabbed on Buzzfeed), she said she "avoided public social media for a long time purely because I was afraid".

Indie filmmaker Ted Geoghegan added his voice in support of Tran by tweeting: "I wish I had enough clout to make a movie starring Kelly Marie Tran". "We're the VAST majority, we're having fun and doing just fine". It took me a year of self-work - and some really awesome, supportive friends - to make me realize that it's none of my business if people like me or not. On "Wookieepedia", a Star Wars-oriented website, someone changed the description of Rose Tico to include offensive and racist language.

'And I didn't sign up for people to go, "You're awesome!"

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This decision by|Kelly Marie Tran to completely wipe her Instagram was most likely for the best. "That is not what I signed up for", Ridley, who played lead character Rey in The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi told Glamour.

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