‘Star Wars’ actress savaged by Russian bots, study says
It turns out many of the nasty online attacks on “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” actress Kelly Marie Tran were directed by Russian bots, sock puppets and trolls. At least that’s what a USC study suggests, according to the Huffington Post.
The study sifted through the tweets about “The Last Jedi” as part of research on how political influence has now infiltrated pop culture. Morten Bay, a research fellow at the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, found that 51 percent of negative tweets about the 2017 installment of the “Star Wars” franchise were “politically motivated or not even human.”
Tran, the first woman of color to play a significant role in the “Star Wars” universe, was the subject of much of the online harassment, most of it racist and sexist.
Tran is set to return as Rose Tico in December 2019 in the yet-to-betitled Episode IX, the finale of the latest “Star Wars” trilogy.