Kelly Marie Tran’s screen time in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker was timed at a meager 76 seconds, leaving some fans upset in the wake of Tran’s own departure from social media amid racist harassment from trolls.
In a new report from Slate, the screen time for Tran’s character mechanic Rose Tisco in the film – which spans 2 hours and 35 minutes – just spans more than a minute.
In contrast, the San Diego native, 30, was seen for 10 minutes and 53 seconds in 2017’s Star Wars: Episode VIII – The Last Jedi.
The latest: Kelly Marie Tran’s screen time in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker was timed at 76 seconds, leaving some fans upset. The actress, 30, was snapped in LA earlier this month
Amid the scarcity of screen time for Tran in the motion picture, many fans took to social media to fume about the cinematic slight, some using the hashtag, #RoseTicoDeservedBetter.
One user wrote: ‘The way they did kelly marie tran’s character dirty after all the backlash and racist harassment she received in [The Last Jedi] making her character, a main part of the cast to a mere extra with two lines is very sad… rose tico deserved better.’
Another said, ‘The treatment of rose in [The Rise of Skywalker] sends the message that if you, as a woman, do your job as an actress…and men don’t like it and proceed to attack you online, the writers of the next movie will listen to that and totally erase you from it. what the f***?!’
One fan said Star Wars was going against its own grain by minimizing Tran’s onscreen persona.
Cameo: The screen time for Tran’s character mechanic Rose Tisco in the film – which spans 2 hours and 35 minutes – just spans more than a minute
Regal in red: Tran stunned as she stepped out wearing an elegant scarlet red gown to attend the Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker premiere in London earlier this month
‘Quite frankly, rose tico IS star wars,’ the user wrote. ‘She is the common person of the galaxy, rising up in resistance and rebellion. her message of fighting out of love, not hate, is THE central theme. it’s the main lesson george lucas was trying to teach us.’
Kelly in August of 2018 penned an op-ed for the New York Times that spoke out against trolling, coming after she deleted her social media accounts after being subjected to vile sexist and racist abuse from Star Wars trolls.
In a defiant move, Kelly chose to write an op-ed hitting back at such trolls for the abuse she was forced to endure and she admits it was difficult for her to pen.
She explained that her decision to delete her social media accounts came about not because of what the trolls had said, but because she had begun to believe their cruel words.
Elegant: Tran promoted the film at Build Studio on December 9 in NYC
Back for more: Kelly first appeared in the franchise during episode eight, The Last Jedi, and is set to return as Resistance fighter, Rose, who first met Finn while working as a mechanic
In her op-ed, she wrote: ‘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.’
Speaking about the piece she penned, Kelly told Refinery29: ‘It’s so funny because Jedi was my first movie, so I’m still figuring out what it means to have that experience and what it means for other people to have an experience with my experience.
‘I still don’t really know what the boundaries and lines are, but I will say the op-ed was probably one of the proudest moments of my career thus far,’ she said. ‘I know how honest it was and how hard it was for me to write.’
The Rise Of Skywalker is the last film in the nine-episode run of movies, that first began in 1977 in with Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope, and hopes to tie together the numerous loose ends that have been left unanswered, from the original Star Wars films to Rian Johnson’s The Last Jedi.
Backlash: Amid the scarcity of screen time for Tran in the motion picture, many fans took to social media to fume about the cinematic slight, some using the hashtag, #RoseTicoDeservedBetter