Krystina Arielle announced this month that she will host “The High Republic Show,” a web series offering news and insights into the latest multimedia subseries of the immensely popular science fiction franchise.
However, shortly after announcing Arielle as the host of the new bi-monthly show, some combed through her past tweets and found several that spoke in somewhat harsh terms about White people’s role in dismantling racism.
The backlash got so bad that it prompted the official “Star Wars” Twitter account to issue a statement defending the host and denouncing “bullying and racism.”
Just a reminder that White Women are just as complicit in the upholding and enforcing White Supremacy. https://t.co/3VsUI6w5Bx
— Krystina Arielle 🦖 (@KrystinaArielle) June 22, 2020
You do not have to comment under every post about racism that you’re “trying to be better”. “Have read x,y,z.” Any combination of ugh white people, when you are white people. I do not care. Talk is cheap. I’m not here for your accountability check ups.
— Krystina Arielle 🦖 (@KrystinaArielle) June 24, 2020
White men: this is not the subject for you to try and speak authoritatively in my comments. I said what I said.
— Krystina Arielle 🦖 (@KrystinaArielle) October 23, 2020
Our Star Wars community is one of hope and inclusivity. We do not stand for bullying and racism. We support @KrystinaArielle.
— Star Wars (@starwars) January 23, 2021