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Lea Thompson and Circa Pop Live discuss bad Star Wars fans harassing Kelly Marie Tran off of Instagram


When fandom for a big nerd property gets too strong, the worst of humanity seem to come out and say, "Hey, you know that thing you use to escape from the world? That beautiful ornate brainchild of other sensitive souls that make your life meaningful? Well me, the kind of person you might be escaping from, well I also quite enjoy this!" That seems to be the vibe from Star Wars fans after alt right Star Wars fans harassed Kelly Marie Tran, who was the first woman of color in a lead role in a Star Wars movie to the point where she deleted her Instagram account. Screen grabs of the account have found it filled with trolls leaving racial slurs and the like, and here to discuss this terrible development are our hosts -- Shira Lazar, Ryan Mitchell, and our special guest, actress and director Lea Thompson who you may know from the Back to the Future trilogy, Caroline in the City and she is here to promote The Year of Spectacular Men which she directed and costarred in with her daughters Madelyn and Zoey Deutch. So what does this trio have to say about this?

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Shira thinks this is really sad that it came to this kind of extreme, and its sad that Instagram as a platform didn't do anything about it. Lea thinks it's a hard thing to police, and she personally says that she doesn't look because people like to be brutal and if they're too brutal, she blocks them! Ryan thinks that Twitter is doing a good job at policing extreme views, but he sees that fans are having a hard time adjusting. Lea thinks that people seem to have an easy time being mean and it's just not okay! Martine sees a lot of weird tension in general, and seeing people take it out on others. Martine calls these kind of fans ripping down Kelly Marie Tran not the true Star Wars fans, or at least she hope so. Hey, you and me both.

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