Kelly Marie Tran (Rose Tico from Star Wars: The Last Jedi) has weathered the worst that geek culture has to offer after her character debuted in Rian Johnson’s entry into the newest film trilogy. Trolls were relentless, harassing Tran off every platform there is, with few if any repercussions aside from the admonishment levied by Johnson and Tran’s co-stars.
The latter disowned any “fans” that would treat the actress so badly that she is still unsure if she wants to return to social media. Though Tran herself wrote plenty about standing tall against toxic fanboys, one more Star Wars actor has made his opinion known about this group’s behavior.
In an interview with HeyUGuys, Domhnall Gleeson (who plays Admiral/General Hux in the new trilogy) had plenty to say about those who’ve used a film opinion to justify abusive behavior.
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“People having an opinion about the film is absolutely fine,” Gleeson said of the contingent of displeased Star Wars fans. “You pay your money, and you’re allowed to have an opinion, and you’re allowed to like it or dislike it. Do whatever you want.” That’s not what made people target Tran, however.
“The stuff with Kelly was bulls**t,” Gleeson said. “That’s a different thing altogether, so those people are just morons. Those people are just a**holes. That’s the difference, that’s a different level of stuff. You don’t buy that when you buy your tickets.” After noting that those conflating a disappointed contingent of a fandom with a mobilized group of targeted harassers are grossly incorrect, Gleeson praised Tran’s reaction to the attacks.
“I thought the piece she wrote was amazing, and I’ve got huge respect for her,” Gleeson continued. “I thought she dealt with it as classily as an un-classy situation called for. I class those things as different to each other.”
Tran and Gleeson will return in Episode IX, which aims to hit theaters on Dec. 20, 2019.