Awhile back news broke that Kelly Marie Tran closed down her social media accounts due to the harassment she received from fans concerning he role in The Last Jedi. Recently Kelly said she was not sure if she would ever return to social media or not.
While talking to The Hollywood Reporter at the Toronto Film Festival, Tran had the following to say:
“I don’t know if ill ever go back. I think that there are, just like anything else, really good an really bad things that come with anything.”
The most definitively non-committal answer I’ve ever heard. e is correct and in the end she must choose which side outweighs the other. Sadly, though, it does come down to this – can you handle being in Hollywood or cant you? If you cant, social media screens aren’t the only thing she needs to stay off of.
Every Coin Has Two Sides
There are two equally valid sides to this story. Should Kelly have been harassed as she was? NO. The comments became very personal and based off of race and sexuality instead of her performance. A small but extremely vocal part of the Star Wars fan base has broken away from the rest and are determined to bring toxicity and undermine everything that’s done in Star Wars because they aren’t happy. At no point should an actor/actress face the hate and discrimination Kelly had to go through.
HOWEVER! If you are going to be in Hollywood, you have to grow a thicker skin. You can stay in obscurity and independent movies, but the second you go anywhere near either a major franchise or a tentpole franchise, you are going to be under a microscope. Do well and you will be more loved than anyone on the planet. Do poorly and you will be shredded. Kelly, sadly, fell into this latter category with her role in The Last Jedi. Her role sucked. Her acting sucked, and she is now fighting Jar Jar for the worst character in all of Star Wars. I do hope for her part that she comes across better in Episode 9, but either way, if you cant stand the heat, get out of the kitchen.