Star Wars actress quits Instagram after abuse
STAR Wars actress Kelly Marie Tran has quit Instagram after suffering months of racist and sexist abuse on social media.
The Vietnamese-American actress starred as mechanic-turned-Resistance fighter Rose Tico in 2017's The Last Jedi.
But she was subjected to abusive comments and harassment from some fans, who took aim at her ethnicity and appearance.
The film's director, Rian Johnson, has defended the actress, describing the trolls as "manbabies".
He wrote on Twitter: "On social media a few unhealthy people can cast a big shadow on the wall, but over the past four years I've met lots of real fellow Star Wars fans.
"We like & dislike stuff but we do it with humour, love & respect. We're the VAST majority, we're having fun & doing just fine."
Angry supporters of Tran took to Twitter to denounce the trolls, including her costar Mark Hamill, who succinctly shut down their criticism with the hashtag #GetALifeNerds.
The California-born Tran, 29, has deleted all her Instagram posts, leaving a line in her biography that reads "Afraid, but doing it anyway".
The news comes after Tran's Last Jedi co-star Daisy Ridley, who plays Rey, last year revealed she had quit Instagram.
Ridley said social media was "highly unhealthy for people's mental health".
"I don't do social any more. I came off it last September and I will never get back on," she told Radio Times.
"It's such a weird thing for young people to look at distorted images of things they should be."