But she does engage in a little race baiting.
First, some background history.
Readers of this blog may be familiar with the now infamous Kelly Marie Tran Instagram Incident. Kelly Marie Tran plays the Rose Tico character in the Sequel Trilogy, and is also now the Damsel In Distress as described in The Phases Of A Geeker Gate. The SJW Damseling tactic is meant to shame and silence loud critics into silence, a tactic which rarely works, if it ever has.
The KMT Instagram Incident Theory held that Ms. Tran, deleted all of her Instagram content and left social media specifically because of racist and misogynist comments from the critical portion of the fanbase. This theory was based solely on an opinion in a single tweet from an unverified account, the details of which can be read about here.
Many articles about the KMT Instagram Incident Theory credit the purported harassment, partially to the social media accounts of Down With Disney’s Treatment of Franchises and its Fanboys, which was publicly discredited as an SJW hate hoax account.
A far more likely alternative explanation was presented on this blog, which put forth the idea that Kelly Marie Tran closed her Instagram account in order to better comply with an NDA, which was based partly on the fact that her account had only been disabled rather than the content deleted completely, and a plethora of other circumstantial evidence which can be read about here.
But The KMT Instagram Incident Theory would often be underscored in the media, by citing the fact that Daisy Ridley also left social media due to online bullying. Although discovery of articles before her departure from social media showed that she didn’t care for social media in the first place, and publicly stated “I would actually say 100% of the people [who’ve interacted with me on social media] have been so wonderful so far.” You can read more about that here.
John Boyega was once declared to have quit Twitter “out of the blue” as well. But as we all know, Mr. Boyega came back to social media.
Now, only 4 days after I published comments made by Mark Hamill which details the nature of NDAs in Star Wars for cast and crew, and two and a half months after KMT’s Instagram account was disabled, The New York Times publishes an op-ed by Kelly Marie Tran entitled, Kelly Marie Tran: I Won’t Be Marginalized By Online Harassment.
Unfortunately, if Kelly Marie Tran withdrew from social media due to harassment rather than compliance with an NDA, then she marginalized herself.
Noted. Let’s go ahead and examine this essay.
And those words awakened something deep inside me — a feeling I thought I had grown out of. The same feeling I had when at 9, I stopped speaking Vietnamese altogether because I was tired of hearing other kids mock me. Or at 17, when at dinner with my white boyfriend and his family, I ordered a meal in perfect English, to the surprise of the waitress, who exclaimed, “Wow, it’s so cute that you have an exchange student!”
Their words reinforced a narrative I had heard my whole life: that I was “other,” that I didn’t belong, that I wasn’t good enough, simply because I wasn’t like them. And that feeling, I realize now, was, and is, shame, a shame for the things that made me different, a shame for the culture from which I came from. And to me, the most disappointing thing was that I felt it at all.
Here it appears that KMT is absolutely determined to marginalize herself. Bullying at age 9 is not uncommon. Children of all melanin contents oftentimes get bullied for having lisps or other speech impediments. Sometimes they get bullied for not having great physical strength or hand-eye coordination that is required to play sports. Sometimes they get bullied for having acne or a strange mole. This is what children do, and it is a very, very common experience for many.
When I read the anecdote about the comments from the waitress, I’m forced to remember the multiple examples of hate hoaxes, where “activists” write in racist or homophobic comments on the receipts, sometimes gaining financial compensation. So I’m just not convinced by these anecdotes.
The reason that KMT places the word “other” in quotation marks, is that she’s referring to a phenomenological tenet known as Othering, which was conceived by phenomenological philosopher Edmund Husserl. This is a big part of Critical Theory which forms the basis of today’s modern college curricula. Indeed, even the Soviets began contemplating Hurrserlian philosophy during the 1970s.
So what this tells me is that although she’s beautiful on the outside, Kelly Marie Tran is hopelessly lost as an SJW on the inside, having gained her formative indoctrination in college. Even worse, she now surrounds herself with likewise indoctrinated drones, which likely serve only to amplify this kind of collectivist victimization thought process.
I would wager a fine patriarchal steak dinner, that Lucasfilm representatives helped KMT craft this essay for public consumption, and perhaps even requested of her that she write it.
Because the same society that taught some people they were heroes, saviors, inheritors of the Manifest Destiny ideal, taught me I existed only in the background of their stories, doing their nails, diagnosing their illnesses, supporting their love interests — and perhaps the most damaging — waiting for them to rescue me.
What society taught her such things? Who exactly is the “some people” that Kelly Marie Tran speaks of?
Society at large didn’t teach her such things. Rather, her idiot professors programmed her to think such things in college. This is the kind of anti-American propaganda that all too often masquerades as educational material in the university classroom, and KMT is regurgitating it here for The New York Times. Unfortunately, young people unfortunately often conflate recitation of this kind of prefabricated anti-Americanism with genuine wisdom.
What KMT’s idiot professors didn’t teach her however, is that Manifest Destiny was an invention of the Democratic Party.
The first recorded instance of the phrase “Manifest Destiny” appears the November 1845 issue of The United States Magazine and Democratic Review, Volume 17 (New York: 1845), 5-6, 9-10.. Columnist and advocate for the Democratic Party John O’Sullivan wrote:
“…the fulfillment of our manifest destiny to overspread the continent allotted by Providence for the free development of our yearly multiplying millions.”
Manifest Destiny was the idea that God had specially chosen Europeans to conquer the American continent. Democrats would later use their invention to routinely blame America as a whole for Manifest Destiny, rather than their own party which invented the concept as they should.
It’s ironic that a person who now claims that she no longer believes in waiting for anyone to rescue her, is now actively filling the Damsel In Distress role as described in the The Phases Of A Geeker Gate.
Here KMT is referring to the concept of “institutional racism,” which college professors use to convince young and naive students that the very construct of America’s institutions are inherently racist to their very core and from their original foundation, and therefore need to be upended and destroyed, usually in favor of some form of socialism This one method by which colleges produce outfits like Occupy and Antifa.
One sex? Male. One skin tone? White. KMT is of course referring to the white male. There’s no mistaking it, because bigotry against the white male is the hottest political fashion trend among the Hollywood fashionistas. Sadly it appears that KMT is riding that trend here.
It reinforced within me rules that were written before I was born, rules that made my parents deem it necessary to abandon their real names and adopt American ones — Tony and Kay — so it was easier for others to pronounce, a literal erasure of culture that still has me aching to the core.
Why ache? Why not just change your name back to its original form? Because enforcement of that rule no longer exists, if it ever did. According to geneaology.com:
We have all heard someone say that their family name was “changed by the inspectors at Ellis Island.” Nowadays our names are recorded when we are born and are virtually never changed. You can still use any name you want as long as you do not intend to defraud but, in fact, with drivers’ licenses, social security numbers, credit cards, etc., it is just too complicated to try to alter your name except through a court proceeding.
People seem to feel that it was the same way at the turn of the century. They think that immigrants had one correct way to spell their name in the old country, when they encountered the clerk at Ellis Island it was changed to something else and then it was spelled that way ever after in America. The explanation usually is that the immigrant spoke little or no English, so either the immigrant inadvertently gave an incorrect reply to the question of “What is your name?” or the clerk misunderstood the name or decided it was too complicated.
In reality, it is highly unlikely that this happened. The Immigration and Naturalization Service has a good article on immigrant name changes that explains why this wonderful story is a myth: the clerks at Ellis Island didn’t write down names. They worked from lists that were created by the shipping companies. What usually happened was the emigrant bought a ticket from an office near his home. So, the seller probably spoke the same language and transcribed the name correctly. In cases where the name was recorded incorrectly, it likely occurred in the old country, not at Ellis Island.
Now, Asians oftentimes came through San Francisco’s Angel Island on the West coast instead, but the procedures were likely very similar.
Every people, every color, creed, and religion throughout the entirety of human history has experienced oppression in one form or another, at one time or another. The Irish for instance routinely experienced bigotry against them in America, and they just happen to have some white males among them. Yet rarely do you see Irish people today aching to the core over the fact that no one wanted to hire their ancestors during the 1800s.
Nearly every human being on Earth can trace their lineage back to ancient Mesopotamia, which unsurprisingly had slaves. Is anyone aching to the core today over the mistreatment of their Sumerian ancestors? If they taught anti-Mesopotamianism at university then perhaps they would.
And as much as I hate to admit it, I started blaming myself. I thought, “Oh, maybe if I was thinner” or “Maybe if I grow out my hair” and, worst of all, “Maybe if I wasn’t Asian.” For months, I went down a spiral of self-hate, into the darkest recesses of my mind, places where I tore myself apart, where I put their words above my own self-worth.
Yes. She’s been lied to by her educators. Clearly.
I had been brainwashed into believing that my existence was limited to the boundaries of another person’s approval. I had been tricked into thinking that my body was not my own, that I was beautiful only if someone else believed it, regardless of my own opinion. I had been told and retold this by everyone: by the media, by Hollywood, by companies that profited from my insecurities, manipulating me so that I would buy their clothes, their makeup, their shoes, in order to fill a void that was perpetuated by them in the first place.
The brainwashing she received was from the university she attended, where they taught her to think this way.
Which again goes back to the “othering” nonsense that she referred to earlier.
I am not the first person to have grown up this way. This is what it is to grow up as a person of color in a white-dominated world. This is what it is to be a woman in a society that has taught its daughters that we are worthy of love only if we are deemed attractive by its sons. This is the world I grew up in, but not the world I want to leave behind.
That’s what it is to be an indoctrinated SJW who is obsessed with the artificial divisions of race.
I want to live in a world where children of color don’t spend their entire adolescence wishing to be white. I want to live in a world where women are not subjected to scrutiny for their appearance, or their actions, or their general existence. I want to live in a world where people of all races, religions, socioeconomic classes, sexual orientations, gender identities and abilities are seen as what they have always been: human beings.
I want to live in a world where mature white adults don’t pretend to be people of color outside of the movies. I want to live in a world where men aren’t routinely attacked by misandrous activists babbling something incoherent about “toxic masculinity.”
I too want to live in world where the artificial divisions of race are no longer recognized, but are appropriately ignored instead. But to do that, you have to drop the “white” this and “white” that. To do that, you have to return to a focus on meritocracy over melanin content. To do that, you have you discard the worthless liberal “education” that so many of us have wasted time and effort on. To do that, you have to rightly stigmatize those who stupidly obsess over race and gender. To do that you have to abandon the divisive hyphenated-American labels.
Making that world starts within each individual.
These are the thoughts that run through my head every time I pick up a script or a screenplay or a book. I know the opportunity given to me is rare. I know that I now belong to a small group of privileged people who get to tell stories for a living, stories that are heard and seen and digested by a world that for so long has tasted only one thing. I know how important that is. And I am not giving up.
No one is suggesting that you should.
As long as you continue to deal in, “I’m the first Asian woman” in this and that, you won’t be living in the world where everyone is just a human being.
Changing your name to Loan could be a great start.
The purpose of KMT’s op-ed was likely meant to cement Kelly Marie Tran’s Damsel In Distress status, in order to shame and silence critical fans during the crucial time leading up to the Episode IX release. And of course it won’t work.
Not only will it not work, but it will likely have the exact opposite effect, as all SJW endeavors consistently do. It will likely serve only to further alienate the “white” portion of the fanbase and the general audience which KMT publicly admonishes here, as news of this essay gets around. If you thought Solo was a box office disaster, you ain’t seen nothin’ yet.
It might also spoil the growing phenomena of Ticomania, in which even the loudest critics of The Last Jedi became fans of Kelly Marie Tran.
For me, this essay almost confirms the NDA explanation for KMT’s withdrawal from social media, because KMT deliberately avoids specifically addressing the matter, and putting it to bed once and for all. She certainly could have from that megaphone. She was likely advised not to address the Instagram matter specifically, so that if the date of her signature on her contract ever came out, and it coincided with the date of the disabling of her Instagram account, she would still have some wiggle room to continue on with this Narrative. Her editor had to throw in the still unconfirmed rumor about online harassment instead, leaving KMT with “plausible deniability.”
The saddest thing most of all however, is that KMT appears to buy into the notion that gaining victim status will lead to attaining social justice folk hero status. And that’s what makes me skeptical about this essay most of all.
We’ve seen this sort of thing from SJWs many, many times before. Take the infamous Matress Girl for instance. That was a girl who claimed to be raped, and was lionized as a social justice folk hero, when she carried around her mattress on campus to symbolize carrying the burden of being a victim. And then she was discovered to be a fraud, who made false accusations. Even so, she was praised for “channeling her rage,” and is still held up as an icon by some to this day. Her supporters say that even though she was proven to be a fraud, that it doesn’t invalidate the pain that she and others feel about rape. And that’s what they’ll be saying when the truth about KMT’s Instagram account inevitably comes out.
Ethan Van Sciver shares some skepticism as well.
Jeremy from Geeks + Gamers also shares some skepticism and a distaste for the race bating:
John Talks makes an interesting observation, in that the op-ed isn’t directed at Star Wars fans, but rather at people in general. In fact she takes digs at Hollywood and the media instead. He also believes that the NY Times is being manipulative.
John is also skeptical of the headline, which I also suspect was written by the editor rather than KMT.
Odin’s Movie Blog points out how the media is distorting the nature of KMT’s op-ed.
SC Reviews uses his unique perspective to point out that KMT is attacking the very society that has made her a movie star.
Random gives her point of view, and asks the good question, who are “they?”
The more I contemplate the thoughts of Odin, Random, and John, the more I’m becoming convinced that something shady is going on here.
If we take out the Editor’s Note, nothing in the body of the op-ed references anything “online” as indicated by the headline.
It talks about real world bullying at school, and at restaurants. It talked about a racist narrative coming from a culture that she’s apparently ashamed of. It talks about society and Manifest Destiny, and body image, and institutional racism. It talked about immigration, and name changing, and brainwashing. It criticizes the media, Hollywood, and capitalism. It talks about white-dominated worlds, and people of color wanting to be white, and a world “where people of all races, religions, socioeconomic classes, sexual orientations, gender identities and abilities are seen as what they have always been: human beings.” She talks about her thoughts when she reads a book or a screenplay, and her privilege to work in the movie industry. She talks about being the first Asian woman to do various things, and what her real name is.
But she doesn’t talk about anything “online.” The headline doesn’t reflect the content of the op-ed.
So who wrote that headline? Kelly Marie Tran, or the editor? And who is the editor who wrote that Editor’s note?
The #HighCouncil made an interesting observation tonight. The Kelly Marie Tran Instagram Incident began on June 4th when that unverified Twitter account Star Wars Facts posted the opinion that the media reported on as fact. That was the Monday after the 2nd weekend of Solo’s release in theaters, when it was plainly evident that the movie would be a box office failure.
And now this op-ed from KMT comes 5 days after the Star Wars: Resistance trailer received a poor reaction.
Is there a connection? Perhaps.
World Class Bullshitters has some interesting insight on Resistance:
As does John Talks:
As does Traveler’s Warden:
Doomcock also notes that KMT marginalized herself by disabling her Instagram account.
Reviews4you chimes in:
As did Hey Viv:
And Mark With A Cee: