STAR WARS's KELLY MARIE TRAN Speaks Out About Social Media Exit

Still from 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi'
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Kelly Marie Tran has spoken out about the circumstances that led her to delete her Instagram account earlier this year, confirming that she deleted the account as a result of online harassment she received due to her role as Rose Tico in Star Wars: The Last Jedi.

"It wasn’t their words, it’s that I started to believe them," Tran said in an open letter published by the New York Times. "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."

"Their words reinforced a narrative I had heard my whole life: that I was 'other,' that I didn’t belong, that I wasn’t good enough, simply because I wasn’t like them," her statement continues. "And that feeling, I realize now, was, and is, shame, a shame for the things that made me different, a shame for the culture from which I came from. And to me, the most disappointing thing was that I felt it at all."

Tran's letter also explained her history as the first generation child of Vietnamese refugees, ending the statement with her Vietnamese birthname, Loan Tran, rather than her anglicized professional name.

You can read the full text of the letter right here.

Tran is scheduled to reprise her role as Rose Tico in Star Wars: Episode IX, which is currently in production for a December 20, 2019 theatrical release.

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