Daisy Ridley has cut off social media 'like a Skywalker limb' after trolling made her quit

Ben Arnold
Contributor
Daisy Ridley (Credit: Grant Pollard/Invision/AP)

Daisy Ridley doesn’t appear to me missing social media one little bit, after binning her own accounts off in 2016.

The Star Wars actress was targeted with online abuse after posting a message of support for victims of gun violence in the USA on Instagram.

But asked what her current relationship with social media is, she told Buzzfeed: “Cut off like a Skywalker limb.

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“Also when I want to see what my pals are up to, you can just Google it and go to Instagram.”

She went on: “I honestly think now with social media and stuff, it’s great to have freedom of expression, but I do feel like people think opinions have so much weight.

“I don’t really think bad vibes should have the sun shone on them. Like, I don’t want to read your thing.”

Regrettably, she's not the only Star Wars star to have quit social media after receiving abuse from so-called fans of the series.

Kelly Marie Tran, who played Rose Tico in Star Wars: The Last Jedi, was bullied off Instagram by racist and sexist trolls who were persistently harassing her.

Kelly Marie Tran and John Boyega in Star Wars: The Last Jedi (Credit: Disney)

In an op-ed for the New York Times, she wrote: “It wasn’t their words, it’s that I started to believe them. 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.

“For months, I went down a spiral of self-hate, into the darkest recesses of my mind, places where I tore myself apart, where I put their words above my own self-worth.

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“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.

“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 will reprise her role of Rose, with Ridley back as Rey, in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, due out on December 19.