Kelly Marie Tran Breaks Silence After Toxic Fan Situation: "My Real Name Is Loan. And I Am Just Getting Started."

It’s been almost three months since “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” actress Kelly Marie Tran erased her Instagram account and went silent on social media. This came after months and months of racist and sexist comments aimed at Tran, apparently just for starring in a beloved franchise. With her social media blackout, the spotlight was put on the idea of “toxic fandom” and since then, we’ve seen multiple attempts by so-called fans to force stars off social media.

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Well, now Tran is finally speaking up and she is not backing down from these fans. In fact, this whole experience has given her a new perspective on her career, and more importantly, her identity.

“This is what it is to grow up as a person of color in a white-dominated world. This is what it is to be a woman in a society that has taught its daughters that we are worthy of love only if we are deemed attractive by its sons. This is the world I grew up in, but not the world I want to leave behind,” writes Tran in a new essay in the New York Times.

She continues, “I want to live in a world where children of color don’t spend their entire adolescence wishing to be white. I want to live in a world where women are not subjected to scrutiny for their appearance, or their actions, or their general existence. I want to live in a world where people of all races, religions, socioeconomic classes, sexual orientations, gender identities and abilities are seen as what they have always been: human beings.”

And now it appears that her silence is over, and Tran is ready to embrace her role in society, and in Hollywood, and not allow these “fans” to win. She ends with the triumphant declaration, “You might know me as Kelly. I am the first woman of color to have a leading role in a ‘Star Wars’ movie. I am the first Asian woman to appear on the cover of Vanity Fair. My real name is Loan. And I am just getting started.”

Kelly Marie Tran will next be seen in “Star Wars: Episode IX” debuting on December 20, 2019.