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Things We Saw Today: General Hux Comes for Toxic Star Wars: The Last Jedi Fans

Domhnall Gleeson may play a sneering space fascist in Star Wars, but the actor is the polar opposite of his character. He took so-called “fans” unsparingly to task for their racist and sexist harassment of Kelly Marie Tran.

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In case you need a refresher, Uproxx summarizes what happened with Tran, who played the heroic mechanic Rose Tico:

Tran was harassed by a toxic subset of fandom who seem to think not liking a movie is a valid reason to single out and bully one actor. The deluge of personal attacks led her to leave social media, pen an emotional essay about the experience, and continue to question whether social media is worth it. (It probably isn’t.)

In an interview with Hey U Guys to promote his film The Little Stranger, Gleeson didn’t hold back when it came to the subject of what happened to his Star Wars: The Last Jedi colleague:

“People having an opinion about the film is absolutely fine. You pay your money, and you’re allowed to have an opinion,” Gleeson said, adding a short while later, “The stuff with Kelly was bullshit. That’s a different thing all together, so those people are just morons. Those people are just assholes. It’s a different level of stuff. You don’t buy that when you buy your tickets. I thought the piece she wrote was amazing and I’ve got huge respect for her. I thought she dealt with it as classily as an unclassy situation can call for.”

You got it, toxic harassers? General Hux himself would like you to know that you are both a moron and an asshole, engaging in bullshit. While Tran’s co-stars Mark Hamill and John Boyega and director Rian Johnson have expressed frustration over her treatment, it’s refreshing to hear Gleeson refuse to equivocate in the slightest. Come through, Domhnall.

(via Uproxx, image: Jesse Grant/Getty Images for Disney)

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Kaila Hale-Stern (she/her) is a content director, editor, and writer who has been working in digital media for more than fifteen years. She started at TMS in 2016. She loves to write about TV—especially science fiction, fantasy, and mystery shows—and movies, with an emphasis on Marvel. Talk to her about fandom, queer representation, and Captain Kirk. Kaila has written for io9, Gizmodo, New York Magazine, The Awl, Wired, Cosmopolitan, and once published a Harlequin novel you'll never find.

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