9:06am PT by Ryan Parker
Mark Hamill Responds to Trolls Driving Kelly Marie Tran Off Social Media: "#GetALifeNerds"
Mark Hamill has a simple message for trolls who were so awful towards his Star Wars: The Last Jedi co-star Kelly Marie Tran that she gave up on social media: "#GetALifeNerds"
Hamill posted his message Wednesday on Twitter, a day after the Rose actress cleared her Instagram page so no more hateful, racist, sexist comments could be left.
Along with the hashtag, the Luke Skywalker actor shared a picture of himself with Tran, writing, "What's not to love?"
Tran has not publicly commented on her reason for leaving social media, but it was well known trolls were relentless with their abuse.
Her Instagram page is still visible, but her bio line is now "Afraid, but doing it anyway.”
The 29-year-old actress was the target of relentless abuse at the hands of those calling themselves “fans,” who did not like her Last Jedi character, Rose.
Of course, there were plenty who did like Rose. And Tran was incredibly grateful for the opportunity to join the franchise, even breaking down into tears when she saw Last Jedi producer Ram Bergman on the red carpet at the Hollywood premiere, giving him a sobbing hug and thanking him repeatedly.
Last Jedi director Rian Johnson also responded to Tran leaving over abuse.
"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," Johnson wrote. "We like & dislike stuff but we do it with humor, love & respect. We’re the VAST majority, we’re having fun & doing just fine."
Tran is not the first Star Wars actress to leave social media due to abuse.
Daisy Ridley, who plays Rey in the new installments, deleted her account in 2016 after facing criticism after she posted on gun control.
In an interview with Glamour in early December, Ridley said, "I posted a thing about gun regulations, because I was at an event in tribute to the Orlando shooting at Pulse. People weren't nice about how I looked. And I was like, 'I'm out.' Simple as that. That is not what I signed up for."