The Last Jedi actress Kelly Marie Tran had to delete all of her Instagram post and even her Instagram account due to the harassment she faced online, but not anymore as she hits back at the harassers in a long essay in the New York Times.
In regard to all of the posts she had deleted and the harassment she had to face, Kelly penned a long essay for the NY Times magazine titled, I Won't Be Marginalized by Online Harassment.
In the article posted in the New York Times on Tuesday, August 21, 2018, Kelly wrote,
It wasn't their words, it's that I started to believe them.
She was forced to think about the margins and spaces and also, made into think that she was a minor character in everyone's life.
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.
The 29 years' old who starred in the 2017 hit, The Last Jedi made history for being the first ever Asian actress to land a major role in the Star Wars franchise. But, not all were cool with the choice. Many of star wars fans were unwelcoming of Kelly and her ethnic background.
The San Diego native was dug under self-hate and abhorred herself. She also put other's words above her own intensifying her hate.
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.
She also remembers her childhood days as she reveals that she completely stopped speaking her native Vietnamese language just so that she wouldn't be teased.
She was just termed as "other" her whole life. She was disappointed in herself for feeling all those harassments.
Tran became familiar with the online harassment after she was booked as the lead role for the movie, The Last Jedi. She had thought that she was immune to such taunts and teases until she started believing those words and those stories the society had carefully crafted.
YouTube: Kelly Marie Tran's Interview regarding her role in Star Wars: The Last Jedi
While at that, Kelly Marie Tran ended her long essay with,
You might know me as Kelly.
I am the first woman of color to have a leading role in a "Star Wars" movie.
I am the first Asian woman to appear on the cover of Vanity fair.
My real name is Loan. And I am just getting started.
Even though Tran has spoken about her online harassment issues publicly, she has yet to return to the social media platform. She is more focused on being a leader, a voice for the minorities in regard to women and color of a person.