Disney Star Returns to Spotlight After Video of Her Glorifying Harmful Habit

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Another Disney star found herself the target of cancel culture after behind-the-scenes video footage surfaced of her glamorizing a habit society has overwhelmingly grown to hate.

Disney has had to contend with many issues surrounding the Star Wars franchise since acquiring Lucasfilm in 2012. Fans have become increasingly critical of Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy and the studio’s direction with the multimedia series, and now the company is dealing with one of its stars getting herself into hot water.

Dave Filoni and Hayden Christensen Smash Through 'Star Wars' Fatigue with 'Ahsoka' Episode 5

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Ahsoka on Disney+

The Ahsoka Disney+ series emerged as a moderate success for Lucasfilm, satisfying dedicated Star Wars enthusiasts and new audiences. Ahsoka Tano, a beloved character introduced in the 2008 Star Wars: The Clone Wars animated series, finally took the spotlight in this long-anticipated live-action production.

The show’s debut week saw a staggering 14 million views, making it the most-watched title on Disney+ during that period. It was a strong showing, though it fell short of Obi-Wan Kenobi (2022), which overwhelmingly disappointed fans upon release.

One of the key factors contributing to Ahsoka’s success lies in its impeccable production values. The show is a visual spectacle featuring stunning cinematography and gripping action sequences that captivate audiences.

Rosario Dawson as Ahsoka Tano in 'Star Wars' Disney+ series

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Star Wars Fans’ Approval

Rosario Dawson’s portrayal of Ahsoka has been widely praised, with her performance standing out as a series highlight. The commitment to high-quality production has undoubtedly added to the show’s appeal, drawing in viewers seeking a visually engaging and well-executed narrative.

Beyond its technical brilliance, Ahsoka distinguishes itself by weaving a compelling story that resonates within the broader Star Wars universe. The series delves into themes of loss, redemption, and hope, exploring the darker corners of the galaxy far, far away.

Seeing Star Wars Rebels characters such as Sabin Wren, Grand Admiral Thrawn, Hera Syndulla, and Ezra Bridger in live-action was another win for fans. Furthermore, new characters like Ukrainian actress Ivanna Sakhno’s Shin Hati and the deceased actor Ray Stevenson’s Baylan Skoll were also met with enthusiasm.

Shin Hati Ahsoka

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Ahsoka Disney+ Actress Ivanna Sakno Controversy

However, not all is well in the galaxy far away. In November, a video was released on social media showing Ivanna Sakhno engaging in shocking behavior. Many fans were disgusted with the footage, and the actress has been the subject of cancel culture.

In the video, Sakhno is seen lighting a cigarette while wearing sunglasses and riding an electric toy landspeeder replica from Star Wars (1977). She then slowly rides off while making a sensual face into the camera.

Critics on social media were quick to dismantle the star. They found the footage unattractive and called for an end to glamorizing smoking.

Smoking gotta be one of the most disgusting habits. 

Fans were not at all enabling Sakhno’s glorification of the harmful behavior. They stressed that cigarettes are not cool.

Idk who finds this attractive but this is absolutely disgusting. People and especially women need to get over the idea that smoking is “cool”

Defending Ivanna Sokhno

While many were critical of the actress, others tried to defend her. They pointed out that Anakin Skywalker actor Hayden Christensen also engaged in similar behind-the-scenes behavior on the set of Obi-Wan Kenobi without getting attacked for it.

You know Hayden Christensen had pictures on set of Obi Wan smoking while riding an electric scooter…make sure you bring that same energy for him.

Back in the Spotlight

While many disagree with Ivanna Sakhno’s behavior, she is once again in the spotlight as recent news has revealed she is an added guest to the Starfury Invasion 2024:

Starfury Invasion 2024 is a three-day event for fans of sci-fi. The event will feature guest talks, photo and autograph sessions, competitions, parties, and more, and it will be held June 28 – 30, 2024, at the Hilton Metropole Hotel in Birmingham.

Ivanna is listed as a bonus guest for the event.

A Changing Galaxy

In contemporary society, views on smoking have markedly shifted, reflecting a growing consensus on the health risks associated with tobacco use. Smoking is generally perceived as socially undesirable, with an increasing emphasis on public health campaigns highlighting its adverse effects.

Many societies now consider smoking a detrimental habit, often imposing strict regulations on public smoking areas and implementing anti-smoking initiatives. The harmful consequences of smoking have promoted a collective effort towards healthier lifestyles and a reduction in tobacco consumption.

Ivanna Sokhno’s behavior is ultimately up to the viewer to discern. The footage, however, did cause a disturbance in the force for many fans.

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  1. Stop Cancel Culture

    Is this what qualifies as news these days? What a joke. Who cares, literally no one.

    • Wokers. You hothouse flowers need to get it through your heads, you don’t get to cancel and shout down anyone or anything that you don’t like! Get over it or go hide in your safe place and cry to yourself! The rest of us have had enough of your whining

    • Rosario Dawsons Ahsoka was not highly praised. She never watched Clone Wars and did not capture Ashley Eckstein’s or Ahsoka’s personality. I hope she gets recast to someone who’s actually a Star Wars fan. Like Ashley.

  2. It’s not cancel culture, it’s overreacting to someone or something. If in issue that most viewers aren’t even aware of cancels a popular show, it points out that folks aren’t yet properly understanding the data being looked at. A minor burp is treated as multiple organ transplant and the patent isn’t even being told.

  3. Dude, she’s f’in Ukrainian, thats like the only hobby they have left there. Well that and wodka

  4. That video is awesome. Who gives a crap if she smokes. Honestly no one can do anything anymore without mobs coming after them. You go girl and see you next season. I used to smoke, but dont fault people that still do. Sometimes you need that sweet sweet nicotine.

  5. Who cares what she does, she is an adult, and everyone needs to mind their own business instead of sticking their noses into everyone else’s.

  6. I saw that video on her IG. I don’t find smoking attractive but I work in Manufacturing, I see it EVERYDAY. Dang man, leave her alone and let her make her money. I like her character.

    • Are you kidding!!!! She is smoking riding a toy card, wearing sunglasses and you WANT to punish her. What the He’ll is Wrong with you people!!! Big Freaking Deal. What heaven forbid someone does anything someone else doesn’t like. Get a Freaking ice Let People Do What They Want , If they want to smoke so what, its not your body. They want to make a face so what it didn’t hurt you!!!!
      This Scrap has to stop Stop POLICING EVERYONE ELSE SO YOU FEEL GOOD ABOUT YOURSELF. YOU don’t like the Caps, Tough SUCK IT UP

  7. nobody is canceling anything. some busy body know it alls are shouting at clouds and it is being reported as news.

    I smoked for 15 years. if today me was able to provide one piece of advise to me from 1998 when I started smoking, my advice would have been to invest in Apple stock.

    smoking may end up resulting in me having a shorter life than had I not, but I also wouldn’t have the same perspectives on life (as someone who knows what it takes to quit a habit like smoking), an expensive lesson for sure, but someone who hasn’t experienced it for themselves, they have no potential for empathy.

    in summation, you do you girl, hopefully you get to a place in your life that the desire to not smoke overwhelms the urge to smoke.

  8. So they can show their breast and wear stuff their butts hang out and that’s acceptable but smoking isn’t? A cigarette has never touched my lips but people do it. I don’t like it but to each their own!

  9. Cancel Culture in it self requires cancellation of it self , as it’s
    Opinion based Censorship .

    As for the Hypocritical Smoking 🚬 views , let’s be honest if you against cigarette smoking, then you should be against Marijuana smoking !
    Smoking is Smoking it’s all Disgusting it harms your health and make you Stink eww gross !

    This is nothing more than personal choice and if we don’t like your choice it needs to be Cancelled Cultured .

    But will Still Smoke Drugs and Vape because
    we think that’s cool .

  10. So what!!! If she wants to smoke, so what! She wasn’t in costume If someone didn’t tell who she was. you wouldn’t even pay much attention to her.

  11. I didn’t realize cigarettes were now illegal! Okay, it’s not brilliant, but it’s her choice. Nothing to be fired or canceled over.

  12. I replied to Ivanna Sakhno and Eman Esfandi’s cutesy IG video with the late, great Yule Brynner’s video plea before his death from terminal lung cancer, “Don’t smoke.” Worth it.

    It’s sad so many younger people have picked up smoking cigarettes, especially given CDC’s revelation that commercial tobacco is grown with fertilizer containing radioactive polonium.

    Great way for your delicate lung tissue to get zap fried with alpha radiation from the inside. Can’t penetrate a plain sheet of paper, but plenty strong to cause DNA damage and kickstart a cancerous tumor.

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