John Boyega praised for defending Star Wars co-star Kelly Marie Tran against abusive trolls

Emma Powell
Support: John Boyega with Kelly Marie Tran: Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for Disney

John Boyega has begged Star Wars fans to stop harassing his co-stars after Kelly Marie Tran quit Instagram following a bout of online abuse.

Tran, who plays mechanic Rose Trico in The Last Jedi, was targeted by racist and sexist comments before deleting all the pictures from her account.

Boyega defended his co-star on Twitter, posting: “If you don’t like Star Wars or the characters understand that there are decisions makers and harassing the actors/ actresses will do nothing.

“You’re not entitled to politeness when your approach is rude. Even if you paid for a ticket!”

He added: “To the majority of Star Wars fans thank you for supporting and putting yourselves in our shoes. You understand that there is a process so much appreciated!”

Fans hailed Boyega for speaking out with many agreeing they have been left “disgusted and dismayed” by the number of people trolling stars of the franchise.

Kelly Marie Tran and John Boyega in The Last Jedi

One fan tweeted: “John you are amazing as is all the wonderful cast and crew of star wars over the years. Please don’t let the haters upset you may the force be with you.”

Another posted: “Well said. Excellent work in those movies, by the by. Finn is great.”

Director Rian Johnson previously slammed the “manbabies” who may have caused Tran to delete her posts.

He tweeted: “What we talk about when we talk about manbabies.

“On social media a few unhealthy people can cast a big shadow on the wall, but over the past 4 years I’ve met lots of real fellow SW fans. We like & dislike stuff but we do it with humour, love & respect. We’re the VAST majority, we’re having fun & doing just fine.”

Luke Skywalker star Mark Hamill also spoke out by posting a picture of himself and Tran alongside the caption: “What's not to love? #GetALifeNerds.”

Daisy Ridley, who plays Rey in the sci-fi franchise, previously deleted her Instagram account after receiving a string of negative comments on a post about gun violence.