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Rupert Friend, Ewan McGregor, Moses Ingram and Hayden Christensen attend the studio showcase panel at Star Wars Celebration for ‘Obi-Wan Kenobi’ in Anaheim, California on 26 May 2022. McGregor has called out racist abuse being faced by his co-star Ingram. Image: Alberto E. Rodriguez / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / Getty Images via AFP

Ewan McGregor calls out racist ‘Star Wars’ fans targeting Moses Ingram

Ewan McGregor hits out at racist ‘Star Wars’ fans for targeting his ‘Obi Wan Kenobi’ co-star Moses Ingram, saying they’re not real fans.

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Rupert Friend, Ewan McGregor, Moses Ingram and Hayden Christensen attend the studio showcase panel at Star Wars Celebration for ‘Obi-Wan Kenobi’ in Anaheim, California on 26 May 2022. McGregor has called out racist abuse being faced by his co-star Ingram. Image: Alberto E. Rodriguez / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / Getty Images via AFP

Ewan McGregor hit back on Wednesday at people targeting fellow Star Wars actor Moses Ingram with racist abuse, saying they are not true fans.

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EWAN MCGREGOR STANDS BEHIND MOSES INGRAM

Ingram – who stars alongside McGregor in the limited series Obi-Wan Kenobi – highlighted racist messages she had received online in a story on her Instagram account, prompting him to respond with a video on the site.

“We stand with Moses. We love Moses. And if you’re sending her bullying messages, you’re no Star Wars fan in my mind,” said McGregor, who plays the title character in the series.

“She brings so much to the series, she brings so much to the franchise. And it just sickened me to my stomach that this had been happening,” he added.

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STAR WARS TWEET IN SUPPORT OF MOSES INGRAM

The franchise’s Twitter account also took aim at those attacking Ingram, a Black actress who plays a Jedi-hunting Inquisitor in the Disney+ series.

“We are proud to welcome Moses Ingram to the Star Wars family and excited for Reva’s story to unfold,” it said in a tweet that included an image of Ingram with a red lightsaber in hand.

“If anyone intends to make her feel in any way unwelcome, we have only one thing to say: we resist.”

MORE RACISM FOR ‘STAR WARS’ ACTORS OF COLOUR

It is not the first time that racism has been directed against a Star Wars actor of colour.

Asian-American actress Kelly Marie Tran, who made her Star Wars debut in 2017’s The Last Jedi, was hounded off social media by racist and sexist abuse.

British actor John Boyega has meanwhile criticized the treatment of non-white characters in the most recent three Star Wars films, saying they were marketed as important elements in the franchise but were ultimately “pushed to the side.”

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