After Star Wars social media accounts and Obi-Wan Kenobi star Ewan McGregor spoke out in defence of Moses Ingram following racist abuse, trolls have started “review bombing” the series.
Obi-Wan Kenobi actress Moses Ingram, who plays the Inquisitor Reva in the Star Wars series on Disney Plus, recently took to Instagram to share images of the racist abuse she had received in her DMs via her story posts. Screenshots shared by Ingram revealed racial slurs and death threats she had been sent following her appearance in the series.
Official Star Wars social media accounts soon responded by sharing their support for Moses Ingram. Obi-Wan actor Ewan McGregor also shared a video expressing support for his co-star. Unfortunately, trolls have responded by review bombing the series on Rotten Tomatoes.
Review bombing refers to the practice of large groups of people co-ordinating efforts to lower the rating of a targeted product online by leaving unfounded negative reviews. Much of the time it is used to attack films or TV shows in response to comments or actions of cast/crew members and often occurs on review sites like Rotten Tomatoes.
Obi-Wan Kenobi‘s Rotten Tomatoes audience score sank as low as 57% over the weekend. This has now risen slightly to 60%, though the critics’ score remains much higher at 87%. While there will always be some valid criticisms in amongst the negative reviews, and no series is going to be to everyone’s taste, many reviews attacked Moses Ingram and made repetitive and lazy attacks on Disney and the series’ creators. Many of the review writers appeared to be more concerned with harming the series’ score than sharing genuine opinions.
The fact that hiring a Black actress and then defending her against deplorable racist abuse still provokes such a response from online trolls is bitterly disappointing. It is clear many more viewers are enjoying Obi-Wan Kenobi and Moses Ingram’s performance than are trying to detract from it, with many coming out in support of Ingram following her Instagram story posts. All these trolls are likely to succeed in doing is shutting themselves out from enjoying the Star Wars franchise, but it is sad to see they cannot simply silently turn off and leave genuine fans to enjoy the series.
Here is the synopsis for the Star Wars event series:
During the reign of the Galactic Empire, former Jedi Master Obi-Wan Kenobi embarks on a crucial mission. Kenobi must confront allies turned enemies and face the wrath of the Empire.
Directed by Deborah Chow from Joby Harold’s scripts, the series stars Ewan McGregor, Hayden Christensen, Moses Ingram, Joel Edgerton, Bonnie Piesse, Kumail Nanjiani, Indira Varma, Rupert Friend, O’Shea Jackson Jr., Sung Kang, Simone Kessell, and Benny Safdie. The series will also see the return of legendary Star Wars composer John Williams, who scored a theme.
The first three episodes of Obi-Wan Kenobi are on Disney Plus now, with new episodes airing every Wednesday. Stay tuned for all the latest news surrounding the future of Star Wars, and be sure to subscribe to Heroic Hollywood’s YouTube channel for more original video content.
Source: Rotten Tomatoes