‘Star Wars’ ac­tress sav­aged by Rus­sian bots, study says

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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.

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