Update| The Last Jedi star Kelly Marie Tran, who plays mechanic Rose Tico, has quickly become a favorite addition to the Star Wars universe. The 28-year-old actress earned points with fans for being a fangirl herself—she screams in interviews over Kylo Ren shirtless and identifies as a Finn/Poe shipper. (Google it.) Furthermore, Tran—who is Vietnamese-American—is the first ever woman of color to have a leading role in the franchise.
Well, she's become a favorite addition for most fans. There are, unfortunately, losers even in the Star Wars fanverse.
On Tuesday, Tico's page on "Wookieepedia," a fan-run online encyclopedia with entries about everything Star Wars, was edited to include racist comments. Her name was changed to "Ching Chong Wing Tong," and her homeworld (Hays Minor) to "Ching Chong China." A fake quote was also attributed to Rose: "Heil Hitler and I don't know why I was casted [sic] in a good movie like Star Wars."
Writer Bryan Young, who posted a screenshot of the racist attacks on Twitter, told Newsweek that he was alerted to the changes by a friend on Tuesday.
Wookieepedia admins have removed the vandalism, closing off Rose's page for editing. A history of the edits to the page, with attached IP addresses, is still publicly available, though the edit in question has been removed. Young told Newsweek the IP address attached to the edit in the screenshot is 184.108.40.206. The user has been blocked from using Wookieepedia or any other FANDOM wikis.
"FANDOM has a zero tolerance policy for vandalism, inclusive of racism and harassment," the company said in a statement provided to Newsweek. "The wiki admins take this very seriously and took the steps to resolve this situation as quickly as possible, including escalation to our team, and subsequent lockdown. This lockdown will remain for the foreseeable future and we will be closely monitoring activity on this wiki."
But let's return to the people who are welcoming Rose Tico to the Star Wars universe. "Rose is so important to me, as the first main woman of color," Chelsea St. Juniors, 28, told Newsweek last week. "To see all my friends who are Asian so excited for Rose, it's amazing. Our time is now, basically!"
And Tran herself is thrilled by such responses. On Monday, the actress posted an Instagram video of herself overhearing fans profess their love for Rose.
"It makes me happy to know that we made something that's starting a dialogue," Tran wrote on Instagram. "Let's tell more stories. Let's have more conversations. Let's get to know lives and worlds different from our own. And most of all, let's open our hearts and accept our differences. More love, less hate."
Update: Story updated to include statement from FANDOM