One of the darkest stains on the history of Star Wars, Disney, and fandom in general was the disgraceful treatment of Kelly Marie Tran
, who played Resistance mechanic Rose Tico in 2017’s The Last Jedi
and 2019’s The Rise of Skywalker. Starting almost immediately after she was cast and continuing through the release of The Last Jedi
, Tran was the subject of hideous online abuse and harassment from a toxic subsection of alleged Star Wars
The constant attacks ultimately drove Tran off social media as members of the Star Wars
cast and crew — as well as other actors and filmmakers — rallied to her side. But the damage was done: director J.J. Abrams
relegated Rose to little more than a background character in The Rise of Skywalker, capping an unfortunate sequence of events that cast a pall over the entire franchise.
To be sure, the whole Star Wars