Early in June, Kelly Marie Tran, the actor who plays Rose Tico in "Star Wars: The Last Jedi," took a break from social media because of the constant abuse from the immature, sexist, and racist so-called fans.
Tran reportedly received numerous rape and murder threats, racial slurs, hateful comments, and harassment. Her character's Wookiepedia page was changed to "Ching Chong Wing Tong" and was called a "stupid, retarded, and autistic love interest for Finn" who "better die in the coma." For her birthday, her Instagram was filled with comments, including people calling her "Ching Chong."
My blood is boiling just typing that. @ the people harassing Tran: who raised you???? What makes you think saying anything even remotely similar to that is ever an OK thing to do???
Tran deleted all her Instagram posts, but kept her profile picture and changed her bio to "Afraid, but doing it anyway."
Tran isn't the only Star Wars actor to be harassed into stepping back from social media. Daisy Ridley deleted her Instagram account back in 2016 for similar reasons.
Even in the face of Rian Johnson, Mark Hamill, and John Boyega coming to Tran's defense, those dissatisfied with "The Last Jedi" and intent on making everyone involved in the project feel miserable about themselves continue to justify their stance. They say that's just how the internet is and she needs to get used to it, some going so far as to blame their perception of the film's quality for their own actions and words.
It's ridiculous, disgusting, and absolutely unacceptable.
Kelly Marie Tran is an incredibly kind human being who doesn't deserve the hate she's been receiving. Being cast in "The Last Jedi" was a huge break for Tran, and she's been nothing but amazed and grateful during the whole experience.
I mean, we're talking about the woman who cried tears of joy at "The Last Jedi" premiere and was comforted by producer Ram Bagram and co-star Daisy Ridley. This is the ball of sunshine who made these faces that night, overjoyed and deliriously happy:
Shame on everyone who heaped so much abuse on this woman that she quit social media. You're despicable.
As Johnson said, there's a difference between disliking something in the movies and being hateful scum (maybe I'm paraphrasing a bit).
Even though anyone who thinks Rose Tico is a useless character is wrong.
Everyone who says her subplot with Finn on Canto Bight was pointless missed the whole point of the movie, which is a failure. Luke failed Ben Solo, Rey failed to turn Ben, Poe failed to successfully lead the Resistance (at first), and Finn and Rose failed to destroy the tracking system on the First Order's lead ship.
But they all learned from their failures and grew, and that was the point. Yoda clearly captures one of the main themes of the movie when talking with Luke: "The greatest teacher, failure is."
So don't @ me about how the Canto Bight subplot was pointless simply because they didn't succeed. If that's your argument, then you've missed the point of the movie.
And even though their mission wasn't successful, it grew Finn's character. People keep saying he was underutilized and didn't change in "The Last Jedi," but they also missed it.
You see it even more clearly in the novelization, but Finn started "The Last Jedi" as only being part of the Resistance for Rey. His whole plan was to rescue her and get them somewhere safe, across the galaxy. By the end of the movie, he's all in for the cause, not the girl. Finn is so committed that he's willing to sacrifice himself to do what he assumes would save everyone.
And for everyone saying Rose stopping Finn from dying ruined his character arc or further cemented her uselessness as a character, you're wrong again.
When she saved his life, her comment afterward is what I believe to be another main theme of the new Star Wars trilogy: "That's how we're gonna win. Not fighting what we hate, but saving what we love."
Not only that, but Rose was also a well-rounded character who had feelings and storylines apart from a man. She's mourning her sister's death and has a passion to destroy the greedy, corrupt Canto Bight.
So for every woman who wants equal and quality representation for women in films (especially for women of color) and yet continues to hate on Rose, you better check yourself.
The novelization of "The Last Jedi" shows more of Rose and does her even more justice than the film did.
At one point, some gross dude on Canto Bight makes "unlikely anatomical suggestions" to her, and Rose responds with "a counter-suggestion that would have demanded a lot more privacy, and made BB-8 hoot in admiration," and Finn blush. This woman does not put up with any catcalling and knows how to shut a guy down.
She also calls Finn out on his "heavy" pining for Rey and doesn't hesitate to correct his idealization of Rey and a future with her, reminding him that, like anyone else, Rey will change after training with Luke Skywalker.
Rose and Finn argue over which way to go when they're in the sewer, escaping the prison on Canto Bight, and in order to settle the argument, Finn suggests a round of wonga winga—basically the space version of Rock, Paper, Scissors. She agrees, and the two share a cute moment when Finn wins by more or less cheating, using a strategy he learned as a Stormtrooper.
She has so many great moments in the novel that further characterize her and endear her to the audience. And in the film, she shines with subtle expressions, like broken smiles and her snarky humor.
"Rose Tico's character was useless. Her mission on Canto Bight with Finn was a failure, and she stopped him from sacrificing himself and saving everyone. She ruined everything!"
Amazing. Every word of what you just said was wrong.
Rose's two main plots are the very heartbeat of the film: learning from failure and winning the fight by saving what you love.
If you don't get that, then you're missing it.
And if you're going to let your missing it and misplaced hatred of Rose cause you to be a jerk and do anything but praise and encourage Tran, maybe you should be the one to take a break from social media.
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