I was perusing Instagram last night when I spotted the above photo. It shows former Hagerstown Suns and Washington Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper visiting the Mitchell & Ness flagship store in Philadelphia. What caught my attention was his hoodie. Even though Harper signed a 10-year endorsement contract extension with Under Armour in 2016, he is wearing a Nike pullover hoodie.
Actress Kelly Marie Tran, best known for her role as Rose Tico in the 2017 film Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi, left Instagram earlier this summer. The reason? She was on the receiving end of some brutal harassment by anonymous trolls using Instagram as a weapon.
At the time, some people in the Star Wars fandom community were claiming no one knew why she left Instagram. This seemed at best, disingenuous. Although I normally appreciate a skeptical view of things, the evidence was pretty clear. She was harassed by hateful trolls on Instagram. It wasn’t too much of a leap in logic to conclude she left Instagram because of this harassment.
I like Rose Tico
Although I had problems with The Last Jedi, Rose Tico was not one of those problems. I liked the character. I identified with her. Although I’m not female or Asian, I too was a wrench bender, not for the Resistance, but for the United States Air Force.
As a former maintenance technician who worked on electronic warfare equipment on the F-4G Wild Wessel and the B-52G bomber, it felt good to see my kind represented in the film.
Rose Tico also had the best line in the entire movie.
If you have a problem with the character of Rose Tico, I have to question your Star Wars fandom. She’s truly a heroic character. She was dealt a shitty hand by the Universe. Instead of wallowing in self-misery, she chose to fight back and join the Resistance. Not only that, she was more than willing to go outside her skill set to serve. She put down her wrench and picked up a blaster. I like that. How can anyone not?
Let me put it this way: I own only one Star Wars action figure still in the packaging.
One of the reasons I chose to leave it in the packaging was because of the price sticker. I bought it on clearance for only four dollars. I thought it was a travesty my favorite character from the movie could be had for only four bucks. To me, this spoke to the current state of Star Wars fandom.
Kelly Marie Tran, the actress who played Rose Tico in Star Wars: The Last Jedi, deleted her Instagram account. Some Star Wars “fans” don’t like the character. Supposedly some of these fans decided to make things difficult on the actress by harassing her. One of the places this harassment was taking place was Instagram.
I don’t get it. Why would anyone dislike like Rose Tico? I also don’t understand why anyone would then take the time to harass the actress who played the character. It all sounds nutty and a lot of work. What did Kelly Marie Tran ever do to anyone?
Anyone who harassed Kelly Marie Tran on Instagram should have focused harassment on their parents for not practicing safe sex the night they were conceived.
I don’t understand the Rose Tico hate
I’ve watched Star Wars: The Last Jedi twice now and she was my favorite part of the movie. She was just a mechanic, someone you normally only saw in the background in a Star Wars movie, who stepped up and tried to become a hero. I’m a sucker for characters like that, in fiction and in real life.
I identified with Rose Tico. She was a wrench bender, someone who fixed and maintained equipment for the Resistance. When I was in the Air Force, I worked on airplanes. I bent many wrenches in my Air Force days.
Like all Star Wars movies, I had problems with Star Wars: The Last Jedi, but Kelly Marie Tran’s portrayal of Rose Tico was not one of them.
I’m such a fan of Rose Tico that I was going to order a Rose Tico t-shirt from comic book artist Ethan Van Sciver until I realized it wasn’t meant to honor the character.
Since leaving DC Comics, Van Sciver has been focusing on all things Star Wars on his YouTube channel. He spent a lot of time addressing the character. Referring to Star Wars as Soy Wars is a play on words. The consumption of soy can increase the estrogen levels in some men. It’s meant as an insult.
I also didn’t buy the t-shirt because it cost $29.50 plus shipping for a 2XL Tall. That’s too pricey for my wallet. It’s a t-shirt, not a tuxedo jacket made from the skin of an endangered animal.
If I’m not a “real” Star Wars fan because I like Rose Tico, I’m fine with that. When you stop and look at the people displaying hatred towards the character, I don’t want to be within 12 parsecs of them.
If you’d like to harass me on Instagram, you can do so by going here.