Since the release of Star Wars: The Last Jedi, actress Kelly Marie Tran has been the target of online harassment from fans displeased with the film and with the role of her character Rose Tico, some going as far as to make offensive and racist edits to her Wookieepedia page. The vitriol became so much that Tran deleted all of her Instagram posts. With that, The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson has had enough.
In a response to a tweet that defended the harassment of Tran as, "Critique and showing dislike against something," Johnson asserted the argument is complete nonsense. "Done with this disingenuous bullshit," the filmmaker wrote. "You know the difference between not liking a movie and hatefully harassing a woman so bad she has to get off social media. And you know which of those two we’re talking about here."
Done with this disingenuous bullshit. You know the difference between not liking a movie and hatefully harassing a woman so bad she has to get off social media. And you know which of those two we’re talking about here.— Rian Johnson (@rianjohnson) June 5, 2018
When the fan pushed back against Johnson's assertion that his comment was disingenuous, the filmmaker replied, "Your 'implication' was not an implication at all, it was explicitly stated in your tweet: you’re conflating critiquing a movie with being an abusive asshole to people online, when it’s clear as day they are two separate things & we’re condemning the latter and not the former."
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.