Kelly Marie Tran Finally Responds To Rumors Of Online Harassment

Two months ago, Star Wars actress Kelly Marie Tran was the subject of online harassment that was supposedly so bad, she deleted her Instagram without warning or explanation. Today, Tran has finally responded in an essay written in the New York Times. While she doesn’t go into detail about what was said that made her pull away from social media, she goes into detail about how it made her feel as a woman and a person of color:

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.

And those words awakened something deep inside me — a feeling I thought I had grown out of. The same feeling I had when at 9, I stopped speaking Vietnamese altogether because I was tired of hearing other kids mock me. Or at 17, when at dinner with my white boyfriend and his family, I ordered a meal in perfect English, to the surprise of the waitress, who exclaimed, “Wow, it’s so cute that you have an exchange student!”

And for a long time, I believed them.

I believed those words, those stories, carefully crafted by a society that was built to uphold the power of one type of person — one sex, one skin tone, one existence.

She continues…

I am not the first person to have grown up this way. This is what it is to grow up as a person of color in a white-dominated world. This is what it is to be a woman in a society that has taught its daughters that we are worthy of love only if we are deemed attractive by its sons. This is the world I grew up in, but not the world I want to leave behind.

I want to live in a world where children of color don’t spend their entire adolescence wishing to be white. I want to live in a world where women are not subjected to scrutiny for their appearance, or their actions, or their general existence. I want to live in a world where people of all races, religions, socioeconomic classes, sexual orientations, gender identities and abilities are seen as what they have always been: human beings.

This is the world I want to live in. And this is the world that I will continue to work toward.

You can read her FULL essay here


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2 thoughts on “Kelly Marie Tran Finally Responds To Rumors Of Online Harassment

  1. Let’s destroy her argument point by point.

    It’s not about race as people did not “harass” Samuel Jackson about mace windu because that character was cool and awesome.

    It’s not about sex as people did not “harass” Carrie Fisher or Natalie Portman for their amazing female characters.

    The problem with Kellie’s character is that she is annoying and unattractive. That’s a double whammy. If she was cool but unattractive she would have gotten a pass and if she hot and annoying she would have gotten a pass. Ideally she should have been an interesting character played by an attractive actress.

    Sorry that people were mean to you darling but that’s life.

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