The official Star Wars Twitter account issued a statement after the host of his upcoming web series was racially abused online.
Krystina Arielle was announced as the hostess of earlier this month Star Wars: The High Republic Show.
The abuse was apparently sparked after social media trolls discovered tweets from Arielle in the past discussing the role of whites in perpetuating structural racism.
“White people: You cannot rid people of racism. They cannot indicate their “growth” when they say black lives matter after treating us as if we don’t. You cannot accept apologies on our behalf. That doesn’t have to be said, ”wrote the moderator in June.
Following Arielle’s announcement as the host, she shared screenshots of some of the racist abuse she received.
“The last 24 hours have been … not the greatest,” she tweeted on Saturday, later sharing Maya Angelou’s famous poem “Still I Rise”.
In response, the official Star Wars account wrote: “Our Star Wars community is one of hope and inclusivity. We do not stand for bullying and racism. We support @KrystinaArielle. “
John Boyega, who played Finn in Disney’s sequel trilogy, and Kelly-Marie Tran, who played Rose Tico in The Last Jedi, have also been subjected to racist (and, in Trans’s case, sexist) abuse by trolls.
In August last year, Boyega tweeted, “Toxic Star Wars fans are still finding their way to my mentions. Mr. Do i have to be dull? I am not with you anymore. “
In a second post he wrote: “Lord waited so long to tell the venomous fans to leave.”
To Disney, he said, “You knew what to do with Daisy Ridley, you know what to do with Adam Driver. You knew what to do with these other people, but when it came to Kelly Marie Tran, when it came to John Boyega, you know everything. “
Star Wars: The High Republic Show starts online on January 27th.