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.
After the success of Don’t Look Up, many are asking questions like, “Wow, what a fun film. What’s Jonah Hill going to do next?” or “Are we all going to die horrible deaths due to the effects of climate change?! If you’re in the former camp, then don’t expect Jonah to be starring in Star Wars media anytime soon. His best bud Leonardo DiCaprio tried to get him hooked on the smash hit The Mandalorian with little success. Leo’s going to have to try to get his old friends into other cool young people things if he wants them to have something in common with his girlfriends!
Earlier this year, fans saw former The Mandalorian star Gina Carano spouting off about various conspiracy theories related to the COVID pandemic and the 2020 US Presidential Election results, as well as just generally being a pseudo-hateful mess. Fans called on Disney to fire her from The Mandalorian and they did just that (her talent agency, UTA, also gave her the boot). That meant a vacancy opened up on the set of The Mandalorian for a badass actress type, and fans got real vocal about the thought of it being filled by the prototype for badass actresses, Lucy Lawless. The only problem is, those fans got a little too involved with their fantasy, and Lucy is now saying that it might have hurt her chances to join the Star Wars universe.
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.
A TikTok user just so happened to be recording his pooch as they watched Star Wars together, and when Darth Vader made his grand entrance, the dog growled out a “fuck this,” jumped off the sofa, and then peered from behind it. This is example #649,983,985 of how dogs are different from cats. Because a cat would’ve used their paws to slow clap for the entrance of a fellow chaos-creating diabolical baddie.
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.