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#FanArtforRose Proves Not All The 'Star Wars' Fandom Is Toxic

By Kristy Puchko | Film | June 7, 2018 |

By Kristy Puchko | Film | June 7, 2018 |


After enduring months of abuse at the hands of belligerent, childish Star Wars fans who hated The Last Jedi, the beautiful and ebullient Kelly Marie Tran had enough. She deleted her Instagram posts, many of which offered charming images of her smiling broadly and reveling in the positive impact her character Rose Tico had on fans, particularly Asian girls. And the toxic fandom that chased her off seemed to have won, while those who’d found joy and inspiration in Tran’s posts seemed to have lost. But Star Wars is all about moments where it seems the powers of good can’t possibly earn victory, and then that heart-swelling score surges as the rebels make a glorious comeback.

Fighting back against the toxicity that has infected the Star Wars fandom, Rose Tico/Kelly Marie Tran admirers took to Twitter to share their appreciation and positive vibes with #FanArtforRose. And in doing so, they reminded us of a powerful lesson that Rose herself taught Finn in The Last Jedi, “That’s how we’re going to win, not fighting what we hate, but saving what we love.”

Tran did a world of good by bringing her verve and radiant joy to The Last Jedi and to Instagram. We’ll miss her on the latter. But like Daisey Ridley before her, we can’t ask her to put up with a relentless army of hateful trolls for us. She’s done enough.

You take care of you, girl. We’ll savor what you gave us, and reclaim the fandom with the love you inspired.

Kristy Puchko is the managing editor of Pajiba. You can follow her on Twitter.

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