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Star Wars actor Ewan McGregor condemns 'horrendous" racist abuse sent to co-star

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Note: This article discusses topics including racist hate speech.

Star Wars actor Ewan McGregor has condemned the racist abuse that Obi-Wan Kenobi actress Moses Ingram has received online, following her debut as Imperial Inquisitor Reva/Third Sister.

Following on from the franchise's official social media accounts speaking out, McGregor has stated that he does not consider anyone who has sent Ingram abuse to be a fan.

"It seems that some of the fanbase has decided to attack Moses Ingram online and send her the most horrendous, racist DMs. I heard some of them this morning, and it just broke my heart," he said in a new video.

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"Moses is a brilliant actor. She is a brilliant woman. And she is absolutely amazing in this series. She brings so much to the series, she brings so much to the franchise. And it just sickened me to my stomach that this had been happening.

"I just want to say, as the lead actor in the series, as the executive producer on the series, that we stand with Moses. We love Moses. And if you're sending her bullying messages, you're no Star Wars fan in my mind.

"There's no place for racism in this world. And I totally stand with Moses."

Photo credit: Disney+
Photo credit: Disney+

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Ingram herself has said that she had been warned by Lucasfilm that such abuse would unfortunately happen ahead of time.

"It was something that Lucasfilm actually got in front of, and said, 'This is a thing that, unfortunately, likely will happen. But we are here to help you; you can let us know when it happens,'" she told The Independent.

Obi-Wan Kenobi has started streaming on Disney+.

If you've been affected by racism and racist hate crime, then organisations including the Equality and Advisory Support Service (EASS), the Monitoring Group, Stand Against Racism and Inequality (SARI) and Stop Hate UK are among those which can offer help and support.

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