Mark Hamill weighs in on Kelly Marie Tran Star Wars trolling row

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Mark Hamill (Credit: Lucasfilm/Fox/Kobal/REX/Shutterstock)
Mark Hamill (Credit: Lucasfilm/Fox/Kobal/REX/Shutterstock)

Mark Hamill has thrown his support behind Star Wars actress Kelly Marie Tran, who has quit social media following months of racist and sexist trolling.

From his official Twitter feed, he asked ‘What’s not to love’, coupled with a picture of him with Tran, before adding: “#GetALifeNerds.”

It was a direct message to those in the Star Wars fandom community who are coming under particular criticism for the offensive remarks aimed at the Vietnamese-American star, who played Rose Tico in Star Wars: The Last Jedi.

It emerged that she had quit her hugely popular Instagram account last weekend, deleting all of her posts.

Fans then noted that she’d been the target of abuse ever since the release of The Last Jedi.

The movie’s director Rian Johnson has also weighed in heavily on the row.

On Tuesday this week, he sent a message of support to Tran, while also hoping to convey the message that the majority of Star Wars fans are decent, well-behaved folk.

However, he then took aim at others who tried to suggest that perhaps he was denying them the right to criticism.

He also said this:

Tran had nearly 190,000 followers when she quit Instagram, and now – at the time of publishing – she has gained nearly 40,000 more.

The hashtag #FanArtForRose is also gathering pace, with artists designing inspirational works dedicated to the actress.

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