Kelly Marie Tran wrote a powerful letter to the New York Times addressing her haters
Kelly Marie Tran snaps back at her haters in an empowering letter published in The New York Times. Tran who played Rose Tico in Star Wars The Last Jedi has written a powerful letter addressing the harassment she endured for being the first minority woman to have a lead role in the movie. She left all her social media accounts after the brutal never ending attacks over the internet.
In the letter published by The New York Times she wrote a tear jerking account of how hard it was for her, a woman of color to be thrown into a tornado of hate when it should have been the most joyous time of her life.
“It wasn’t their words, it’s that I started to believe them.
Their words seemed to confirm what growing up as a woman and a person of color already taught me: that I belonged in margins and spaces, valid only as a minor character in their lives and stories.”
She writes how the harassment got to her and brought back old feelings of shame and hate for being an Asian woman in a white man’s world.
“Because the same society that taught some people they were heroes, saviors, inheritors of the Manifest Destiny ideal, taught me I existed only in the background of their stories, doing their nails, diagnosing their illnesses, supporting their love interests — and perhaps the most damaging — waiting for them to rescue me.
And for a long time, I believed them.”
It almost broke her.
“And as much as I hate to admit it, I started blaming myself. I thought, “Oh, maybe if I was thinner” or “Maybe if I grow out my hair” and, worst of all, “Maybe if I wasn’t Asian.” For months, I went down a spiral of self-hate, into the darkest recesses of my mind, places where I tore myself apart, where I put their words above my own self-worth.”
But Kelly’s a fighter and she ended her letter with,
“My real name is Loan. And I am just getting started.”
I teared up reading the whole letter and you should go read it too. Check out the full letter here. It rang so many bells with me and brought up so many negative emotions but Loan’s strength and courage really made me swell with joy inside. Her message is no matter what she won’t be beaten. I’m cheering you on Loan and I’ll be alongside you in your journey.