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Stephen Colbert Cut a New Star Wars Trailer Designed to Infuriate Kelly Marie Tran’s Haters

And yes, the Porgs are woke AF!

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In the wake of the relentless racist and misogynistic trolling that drove Kelly Marie Tran off of social media, fans are speaking out against online abuse. There has been an outpouring of fan love for Tran and her role as Rose Tico, the first woman of color to lead a Star Wars film, including the #FanArtForRose trend that highlighted true fans’ admiration for the actor and character.

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Stephen Colbert added himself to the growing list of celebrities speaking out against online harassment. On Late Night with Stephen Colbert, the host debuted a new recut trailer designed to piss off the fanboys, and it’s delightful. Colbert said, “They attacked this beautiful, talented young actress for her ethnicity, her appearance and her sex. And may I remind you, Kelly Marie Tran is the first lead woman in a Star Wars movie who is not white.” Check out the trailer below (FYI the Star Wars content begins at 1:32):

Colbert’s trailer features cameo appearances by the lady Ghostbusters, the new female Dr. Who, and a girl wearing a Rick and Morty t-shirt. While the video is a delight, it highlights the need for more men in positions of power to take a stand against online threats and harassment. The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson took to Twitter to address toxic fandom, saying:

Toxic fandom isn’t just a woman problem or a POC problem: it affects everyone it touches. Folks in positions of power need to stand up and use their influence to call out abusive behavior and expose trolldom to the light. Kelly Marie Tran may have been driven off social media, but at the end of the day she’s in fucking Star Wars and those trolls aren’t.

(via io9, image: Disney)

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Chelsea Steiner
Chelsea was born and raised in New Orleans, which explains her affinity for cheesy grits and Britney Spears. An pop culture journalist since 2012, her work has appeared on Autostraddle, AfterEllen, and more. Her beats include queer popular culture, film, television, republican clownery, and the unwavering belief that 'The Long Kiss Goodnight' is the greatest movie ever made. She currently resides in sunny Los Angeles, with her husband, 2 sons, and one poorly behaved rescue dog. She is a former roller derby girl and a black belt in Judo, so she is not to be trifled with. She loves the word “Jewess” and wishes more people used it to describe her.

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