Saving What We Love

Kelly Marie Tran has always been a ray of sunshine for the Star Wars fandom. Her gentle, fun and sweet personality is one-of-a-kind and her portrayal of Resistance mechanic Rose Tico has touched many hearts.

Unfortunately, Kelly had to leave online platforms in 2018 after receiving harrassment following her Star Wars appearance.

Many people have found or currently find themselves in the same situation. Cyberbullying, harassment and digital abuse is increasing, holding many back from enjoying the benefits that access to the internet can provide. Our current online environment lacks the balance and social rules of engagement that have been cultivated over generations, governing the behavior and relationships in the communities where we live, play and work – the physical world.

The Cybersmile Foundation are committed to helping everyone realize their true potential by supporting those that are bullied and abused online, changing the behavior of the bullies themselves and through education – preparing this and further generations for a safe and positive digital future.

Our hope with this campaign is to raise awareness and encourage online platforms and fandoms to share a safer space for everyone. We hope this also feels like a 'thank you' to Kelly and her work.





More information: https://www.cybersmile.org/



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Update 01/18

Our campaign was featured in a few articles about women in fandoms and the latest Star Wars movie, always to highlight how despite the toxicity one can find on online platforms, good deeds always outshine the bad ones! Let's be kind to each other and keep spreading love!

Fandom Toxicity, and the New Hopeful Generation of Star Wars Fans 

Washington Post 

When Systemic Hatred of Women Online Goes Unnoticed, What Does it Say About Us?
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Rose Tico 
Organizer
Palo Alto, CA
Cybersmile Foundation 
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