Today “In Here We Go Again” News: “Obi-Wan Kenobi” Star Moses Ingram Spoke Up About Receiving Racist Messages From Fans On Social Media
Baby Yoda, perhaps the only universally beloved character in the Star Wars universe, is played by a green puppet with a hand rammed up his ass. Yet, according to Deadline, Moses Ingram, the actor who plays Sith Inquisitor Reva Sevander on the new Star Wars show on Disney+, Obi-Wan Kenobi, has been on the receiving end of a slew of vicious attacks on social media. And I don’t think I need to tell you she’s not a wrinkled-up little Benjamin Button-looking motherfucker who can’t even open his eyes without somebody tweaking his nipple from the inside. Rather, Moses is a fully autonomous Black woman capable of a full range of emotion and movement. Slap a costume on her and she’s good to go, no batteries required. But since a shameful number of Star Wars fans are racist as hell, Moses went on Instagram live to let people know what kind of hateful messages she’s been receiving since the first two episodes of Obi-Wan Kenobi were released.
Back in June of last year when John Boyega was standing shoulder to shoulder with the throngs of people protesting police brutality and racial injustice, he stated that he wasn’t sure if his actions might jeopardize his career. Flash forward to June of this year and as IndieWire reports, John has exited from a starring role in the upcoming Netflix movie Rebel Ridge a week into filming under mysterious circumstances. Things got even more mysterious when this week on Twitter, John’s account lost its blue “verified” checkmark. Sources told The Hollywood Reporter that John disappeared without a trace and intimated that he was unprofessional. But Netflix and John’s agent have said he left for family reasons. John himself has not spoken out on the situation but whatever the case, John’s getting a lot of support on Twitter from folks who fear he is being blacklisted for speaking out against racism and for failing to kiss Baby Yoda’s ass with sufficient reverence.
Back in June John Boyega made headlines when he gave an impassioned, impromptu speech at a Black Lives Matter protest in London. In it, he said, “I don’t know if I’m going to have a career after this, but fuck that.” Celebs like Jordan Peele, Olivia Wilde, and his Star Wars director JJ Abrams took to Twitter to assure John that they’d still love to work with him.
Now, John’s continuing that honesty streak in a new interview with GQ. He discusses Black Lives Matter, his personal journey to self-actualization, and being a Black actor in the Star Wars franchise. He says that he, along with other actors of color like Naomi Ackie, Kelly Marie Tran, and even Oscar Isaac (whom John refers to as “a brother from Guatemala”), were trotted out to sell the movies, but sidelined in the actual films.
Various Filmmakers Promise That John Boyega’s Career Won’t Be Affected Negatively By His Protest Comments
John Boyega did what many have done in response to the murder of George Floyd last week, which is to express their anger and sadness and frustration on social media. John’s approach was – understandably – to get angry, and he channeled that anger into blasting racists on Instagram Live with the biggest “Fuck you” this side of Alderaan. And John recently let it be known that speaking out so vocally may mess with any future career prospects, but several Hollywood types have reassured him that he’s got nothing to worry about.
Well, I finally dragged my ass out of my sobbing shower yesterday, my throat raw from the bile of my rage, and took it out on a lady I used to work with who was clutching her pearls because somebody broke a window at her favorite thrift store during the protests last night. I went to bed thinking I had solved racism, so imagine my surprise this morning to see that we are still fucked. While my efforts were feeble, America’s sweetheart Keke Palmer was out in the streets of L.A. touching hearts and minds by having a clear-eyed, impassioned dialog with a couple of extras from Black Hawk Down. Deadline reports that they were National Guard, but this is L.A. so they’re probably moonlighters who get a little per diem if they bring their own costume. I kid though, because what Keke did, lobbing logic and reason at uniformed men with guns, was phenomenally brave.
Any way to make a little extra cash, I guess. I’m joking, of course; as fas as I know, Kanye West hasn’t released a line of formal pantyhose refugee rags. I do, however, know that Rooney Mara’s Mad Max-meets-washing your dirty lace panties in the sink look from the BAFTAs last night is courtesy of Kanye’s best boo Riccardo Tisci and Givenchy, which actually makes a lot of sense.
I bet this dress started out as a sketch for a normal red carpet gown, but then Riccardo made the mistake of showing it to Kanye during one of their Friday night No Kims Allowed sleepovers in France. That’s when Kanye whipped out his favorite beige marker and book of funeral home curtain samples and turned it into the decomposing hobo bride couture you see above. And of course Rooney loved it, because she loves looking like a haunted vintage doll on prom night.
Rooney Mara wasn’t the only one who showed up to the British Oscars looking like a damp mess. Her Carol co-star Cate Blanchett, who usually gives ten tons of WTF excellence, showed up in some kind of tapestry on the top/goth Christmas Tree garland on the bottom thing. Although it does look like her tapestry is spreading down her body like an expensive rash, and Rich Lady Rash is a look I can get behind.
Here’s more fancy-dressed famous types from last night, including Kate Winslet looking like a chick whose goal is to bang Gordon Gekko and Kate Capshaw giving you “I cut my bangs in the limo on the ride over!” realness.