Disney is defending the host of a new Star Wars web series amid tweets that some consider racist to white people.
Christina Ariel announced this month that she will host The High Republic Show, a web series offering news and insights on the latest multimedia subseries of the hugely popular science fiction franchise.
However, shortly after announcing Ariel as the host of the new two-month show, some reviewed her previous tweets and found a few who spoke with a few harsh words about the role of white people in eliminating racism.
The reaction was so bad that it prompted the official Star Wars Twitter account to issue a statement defending the host and condemning “harassment and racism.”
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“Our Star Wars community is that of hope and inclusion. We are not advocating harassment and racism. We support @KrystinaArielle,” the tweet said.
Hours later, Ariel took to Twitter to share some of the virulent and racist responses she received in light of old tweets. Screens with comments, tweets, emails and more show that she was hired by the Disney franchise just because of her skin color, sent monkey emoticons and urged people to harass her even more because of her views on racing in America.
“You deserve all the hatred you get,” says a chilling post.
However, Airelle seems to be taking the hatred in stride. She tweeted the images: “We’ve been … not the greatest in the last 24 hours.”
She then shared the poem “I’m Still Rising” by Maya Angelou.
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Like many, Ariel was open to the race in the summer as the nation battled protests sparked by George Floyd’s death by police in May. Several tweets she shared over the summer called on white people for what she saw as a performative act of solidarity.
“Just a reminder that white women are just as complicit in upholding and enforcing white supremacy,” she wrote in an Axios article on Kaylee McEnnany, defending the use of the term “kung flu” to describe the coronavirus.
“You don’t have to comment under every post about racism that you’re trying to be better.” “Read x, y, z”. Any combination of UV white people when you are white people. I do not care. Calls are cheap. I’m not here for your accountability checks, “she tweeted in June.
In October, shortly after the presidential debate, she complained, seeing two white candidates discussing racism.
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“Watching two white men discussing racism they will never experience will never sit right with me. # Debates2020,” she wrote.
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She continued in a tweet: “White men: this is not a topic you try to talk about authoritatively in my comments. I said what I said.”