If you're a Star Wars fan online, you've likely heard at least a little in the last 48 hours or so about Kelly Marie Tran's apparent near-total departure from public social media. The Last Jedi actress has deleted all of her posts on Instagram (her only verified public social media presence), apparently due to repeated online harassment that includes racist and misogynist remarks. And her departure from social media has reignited an important conversation surrounding toxic fandom in Star Wars and beyond.
While Tran herself has not spoken publicly on the issue, she has received support from her collaborators. Wednesday evening Mark Hamill -- no stranger to all manner of responses from Star Wars fans, particularly after his character's controversial story arc in The Last Jedi -- tweeted a simple message of support for Tran featuring a photo of the two of them together. He also added a hashtag that will likely be getting plenty of play now that he's made it part of the conversation.
On Tuesday, Last Jedi writer/director Rian Johnson -- who has always stressed the support he's gotten from fans, but has also admitted to receiving death threats -- also addressed the issue via Twitter. While he does not name Tran is his tweets, it's quite clear who and what Johnson is talking about in the context of the news. His Twitter background image is also a drawing of Tran's Last Jedi character, Rose Tico.
This conversation will not stop here, particularly when more of Tran's co-stars begin to speak about it (and particularly if they start doing it on camera), but it does underline a key point: Tran has plenty of friends, and fans, in her corner.