Following the departure of Kelly Marie Tran from Instagram after months of online harassment, the Star Wars: The Last Jedi actor has received support from director Rian Johnson and franchise icon Mark Hamill. Now fans have rallied around her on Twitter, where they've launched the hashtag #FanArtForRose to share art of Tran's character Rose Tico.
From Marvel Comics artist Jen Bartel to everyday fans, they make it clear that they welcome Tran, and Rose, in the Star Wars universe.
Finally finished this sketch in-between meetings, and making good on my promise. Kelly Marie Tran is a motherfrickin treasure. #fanartforrose #Rosetico #kellymarietran #Starwars #thelastjedi pic.twitter.com/aZPhMyzBYA— mingjue helen chen (@MingjueChen) June 6, 2018
Tran has been subjected to online vitriol from fans who objected to her character's actions in The Last Jedi. Not only had she received racist and sexist responses to her Instragram posts, who the Rose Tico entry on Wookieepedia was heavily edited to include racial slurs before it was corrected by administrators.
Rian Johnson’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi is available now on streaming platforms, Blu-ray and 4k HD. The film stars Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker, Daisy Ridley as Rey, John Boyega as Finn, Adam Driver as Kylo Ren, Oscar Isaac as Poe Dameron, Andy Serkis as Supreme Leader Snoke, Gwendoline Christie as Captain Phasma, Kelly Marie Tran as Rose Tico, Laura Dern as Vice Admiral Amilyn Holdo and the late Carrie Fisher as General Leia Organa.