The return of Ewan McGregor as Obi-Wan Kenobi, who hasn’t had a proper Star Wars film role since leaving the franchise in 2005, has been highly anticipated by fans. And McGregor has been praised by both Lucasfilm and fans alike for his portrayal of the long-awaited character. However, those who have seen the series noted he has a lot of foes to battle, including the Jedi Hunter Reva played by actor Moses Ingram.
Moses Ingram Debuted The Queen’s Gambit
The Star Wars franchise actress, Moses Ingram first debuted in The Queen’s Gambit and later she appeared in The Tragedy of Macbeth. Apparently, the actress had to step out of her-kinda roles and appear as a completely different character in Obi-Wan Kenobi. With that being said, she is making quite a bold impression, to be honest.
The Ingram-Racism Controversy
The controversy surrounding Star Wars fans claiming Moses Ingram as Reva to be a bad actor has brought attention to the topic of a lack of color and racial diversification in the entertainment industry. The racism among certain segments of the fandom is nothing new, however, minorities in many movie franchises continue to be underrepresented or misrepresented by those controlling the image and branding of said franchises. Surmounting this issue will not only require more black actors to have prominent roles but also for fans themselves to be open to accepting different types of characters based on their personalities and plot relevance rather than skin color alone.
It’s really sick and crazy surreal. It’s hard to wrap my brain around it, but every day I’m super grateful that I’m the vessel that gets to bring Reva to life. I think it’s so important for girls and young women, even though she is the villain—I remember growing up and watching things with my brothers, and they were like, ‘You can’t do it, you’re a girl. You’re not strong enough.’ But you know, you can fight like a girl. But it’s dangerous! It’s still just as dangerous as fighting like a man. You can win as a girl. It’s lit. Yeah, it’s lit.
Star Wars Franchise Took A Stand Against The Racist Comments
There are more than 20 million sentient species in the Star Wars galaxy, don’t choose to be a racist.
— Star Wars (@starwars) May 31, 2022
Moses Echoed Loud That Racists Don’t Scare Her
There are hundreds of thousands of racist attacks on social media. But when you encounter one that’s directed at you, it can be a dangerous thing to ignore. On Monday night, Kenobi star Moses Ingram posted messages from hateful Instagram users on her story along with defiant lyrics from the song “Megan’s Piano,” indicating that she would neither be intimidated nor look away. In an accompanying video, she stated: “There are hundreds of those. Hundreds.”
Lastly, the actress also added
Obi-Wan is going to bring the most diversity I think we’ve ever seen in the galaxy before. To me, it’s long overdue. If you’ve got talking droids and aliens, but no people of color, it doesn’t make any sense. It’s 2022, you know. So we’re just at the beginning of that change. But I think to start that change is better than never having started it.
With that being said, Obi-Wan Kenobi is now available to stream on Disney+.