The Phases Of A Geeker Gate

Recently, the gentleman who heads World Class Bullshitters called for a list that outlined the phases in Geeker Gates, during one of their High Council live streams.
I submit the following outline for consideration.  This is based on my own experience with the recent Star Wars controversies and similar controversies in other IPs.
This is only a starting point, and therefore is a work in progress.  I invite suggestions and insight from others.
I want to stress, that my primary interest is in film and television.  So others that are more deeply involved in comics, novelizations, video games, board games, role playing games, card games, etc., may have additional insight.
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They’re coming for your IP next.

THE PHASES OF A GEEKER GATE
1. SJW CRITICISM – The IP is criticized by SJWs for being racist, sexist, misogynist, homophobic, and a smattering of other things.
2. IP IS ABOUT TO UNDERGO REBOOT – or reimagining, or remake, or whatever term is fashionable at the time.
3. THE BARNACLING – SJWs barnacle themselves to the IP both within its production and without in the fan base, and start lecturing long time fans.
4. FAN CRITICISM – Long time fans of the IP voice legitimate criticism of the new direction.
5. SJW RESPONSE TO FAN CRITICISM – A large fan backlash is created when SJWs both within and without the production falsely accuse critics of being racist, sexist, misogynist, homophobic etc.
6. DISMISSING THE BACKLASH – Media publishes pieces declaring the backlash doesn’t exist.
7. IGNORING THE BACKLASH – Media publishes pieces instructing others to ignore the “tiny vocal minority.”
8. SUPPRESSING THE BACKLASH – Blogs and websites delete or otherwise “redact” critical comments and posts in discussion forums under the aegis of “hate speech.”
9. BACKLASH INTENSIFIES – As an inevitable side effect of suppression, backlashers seek out other venues to express their criticism, and some publish their own, growing the backlash exponentially.
10. HATE HOAXES & FALSE FLAGS – The rank and file SJW activists get heavily involved in shouting down critics, and creating false flags and hate hoaxes in an effort to discredit critics.
11. IP FAILURES – The IP starts to falter as fans drift away and sales plummet.
12. THE DAMSEL IN DISTRESS – A female member of the production (it could also be a gay man) is granted victim status over a fishy event in order to deflect from the failures of the IP, and shame critics into silence.
13. DESPERATE PLEAS FOR COMMUNITY MANAGEMENT – “White Knights” in the media call for creative authorities to smack down the backlash and restore control of the narrative in response to The Damsel In Distress event.  Media publishes multiple articles with the same talking points and buzzwords such as “toxic” in an effort to mischaracterize the fan base. Major news outlets report on the story, and quote these “think” pieces as authoritative.
14. ANSWERING THE CALL – Celebrities and creative cast & crew answer the media’s call, and make public statements admonishing critical fans, typically over false accusations.
15. THE FINAL PUSH – Media entities, and rank and file SJWs tell long time fans to go find something else if they don’t like it anymore, in a last ditch effort to push critics out of the “community” once and for all.
16.  IP BLEEDING – The IP continues to hemorrhage money, as long time fans continue to abandon the IP in droves.
17.  FANBASE OBLITERATION – The fanbase is utterly destroyed, leaving behind only the small handful of SJWs who don’t make any purchases.
18.  THE END The new incarnation of the IP comes to an end.  Since the majority of the fan base has abandoned it, there’s no more controversy or discussion about it.  It’s over.  The best case scenario is that the original IP is largely forgotten with the exception of a few die-hards who still carry the torch.  The worst case scenario is that the new incarnation of the IP overwrites the original IP, and the original IP is forgotten altogether and overshadowed by the new incarnation in all future media mentions.
19. MIGRATION – The remaining SJWs jump ship to devour a new IP that is popular, and undergoing a transitional phase.
20. REBIRTH – The process begins anew.

A special thanks to Ethan Van Sciver for catching some grammatical problems which I’ve since corrected, who comments on this list:
UPDATE:
To  understand the foundational and historical basis for Geeker Gates, read this blog post here.
UPDATE:
Veeh has some additional insight into this list in his video:
UPDATE:
World Class Bullshitters has commented as well.
UPDATE:
An updated version of the Phases of a Geeker Gate can be read here.

AFP Reports On Lies That Other SJW Writers Make Up

According to their website:

AFP is a global news agency delivering fast, accurate, in-depth coverage of the events shaping our world from conflicts to politics, economics, sports, entertainment and the latest breakthroughs in health, science and technology.

So it may be a surprise to some readers that AFP has published an inaccurate and sketchy account of the actual controversy surrounding the current state of the Star Wars franchise.  In their article entitled, Toxic Fan Culture: A ‘Star Wars’ Story, they write:

As much as they are about lightsabers, hyperspace and the eternal struggle of good versus evil, the recent installments in the “Star Wars” saga have also been about rebutting conventional wisdom on who can lead a movie.

No.  They haven’t.  Particularly given that the films have always been ensemble pieces with no primary lead.

Releases like “Rogue One” and “The Last Jedi” made a fortune giving women and characters of color like Rey (Daisy Ridley) and Finn (black actor John Boyega) screen time alongside the traditional male, white heroes of the series.

A feat that was accomplished 40 years ago with the Princess Leia and Lando Calrissian characters.

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But the inclusive Disney era ushered in by 2015’s “The Force Awakens” has its own Dark Side — the vile online behavior of a vocal minority offended that their sacred cow is being stolen.

Disney ushered in no such thing.  Women and people of color have always been a part of Star Wars since it’s inception.  Disney isn’t blazing any trails in this regard.  Only people who have stupidly let the past die think they are.

“The Last Jedi” stars Kelly Marie Tran, John Boyega and Daisy Ridley — shown at the Star Wars Celebration in April 2017 in Orlando, Florida — have been the targets of abuse by male, white fans of the blockbuster space saga.

What evidence do you have that any such purported abuse is exclusively from white males?

“It would be unfair and too general to say that ‘Star Wars’ has a fandom problem. What it has is a white male fandom problem,” said film writer Kayleigh Donaldson.

Yes, I’ve responded to Kayleigh’s uneducated piece here.

This toxic subset of devotees — overlapping with elements of the far-right and the misogynist “incel” men’s movement — are angry that the new films are no longer targeted solely at them.

I can not believe that a news publication purporting to be legitimate actually used the adolescent pejorative “incel.”  Unreal.

Amid the vitriol about untrammeled political correctness, it is worth noting that “Star Wars” still lacks gender parity and, even in the Disney era, has a long way to go before it can be a paragon of inclusiveness.

The most female-friendly release, “The Last Jedi,” features women during less than half of the running time while men get two-thirds of the dialogue in “The Force Awakens.”

That’s probably because it’s men who predominately fight wars.  Note the word “wars” in the title of the franchise, Star Wars.

“Yet this is enough… for these toxic fans to cry propaganda and claim ‘their Star Wars’ is over,” added Donaldson, in an essay for the SyFyWire entertainment website.

Yes, I’ve responded to Kayleigh’s uneducated piece here.

“The mere inclusion of women and people of color is enough for them to cry foul and claim they’re ‘taking over’ the franchise.”

– Sacrilege –

It’s hardly sacrilege, given that no one is crying foul over the mere inclusion of women and people of color, or claiming that they’re taking over the franchise.  Kayleigh is stupidly making these things up, as are all SJWs who parrot this utter nonsense.

“The Last Jedi,” in particular, is accused of destroying the legacy of “Star Wars” by tearing up a carefully-constructed, decades-old mythology and promoting liberal identity politics.

Yes, we can point the deeply moronic social justice propaganda in the screenplay.  All of the actors who are forced to perform that crappy screenplay are perfectly fine.

While Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker) and Adam Driver (Kylo Ren) have avoided the slings and arrows, Kelly Marie Tran, an American cast member with Vietnamese roots, has been mercilessly attacked.

For which there is little circumstantial evidence, which I’ve written about here.

Tran, who plays mechanic Rose Tico, wiped her Instagram account earlier this month after prolonged sexist and racist abuse by a legion of trolls.

Actually, she likely disabled her account, making the contents unavailable to the public, in order to better comply with a social media NDA, since Episode IX was beginning pre-production at about the time that the account was disabled. You can read more about that here.

Her page on the Wookieepedia “Star Wars” reference site was edited to change her name to “Ching Chong Wing Tong” and she was described as “stupid, autistic and retarded.”

SJWs routinely like to pose as their political adversaries, in order to perpetrate Hate Hoaxes in an effort to prove points that don’t exist.  Who can forget the infamous Tea Party Infiltrators?  SJWs are notorious for this stuff.

In fact, it was a feminist SJW who put together the De-Feminized Fan Edit in an effort to mock and ridicule “MRA” critics of The Last Jedi.

The movie’s amiable, patient director Rian Johnson has faced death threats and endless abuse from those who seem to see him as more of an existential threat than Darth Vader.

And yet as far as we know, Rian has still not called upon local law enforcement and the FBI to investigate the matter, suggesting that Rian himself is concocting yet another Hate Hoax.

A petition demanding the removal of “The Last Jedi” from the “Star Wars” canon has attracted 107,000 signatures while another asking for a personal apology from Johnson passed 10,000 on Monday.

So what?

This is a movie that critics loved, and its lowly 46 percent audience score on Rotten Tomatoes appears to have been artificially depressed by bots unleashed to game the system.

– Mockery –

What’s mockable here is the fact that you didn’t do enough research to know that the point you’re parroting has been discredited, and that the entity making that claim has been outed as an SJW Hate Hoax effort.

It’s not just “The Last Jedi” that has roused the mob.

Ridley deleted her Instagram after being hazed following the release of “The Force Awakens” and sought therapy to cope with the stress.

Daisy Ridley never liked social media in the first place.  Here’s what Daisy Ridley said about social media back on 2015 in an interview with Refinery 29:

They went through it at such a different time. Hollywood was a different place, and there was no social media. It’s hard to compare what you and your co-star John Boyega are going through to even Kate Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio after Titanic, because that was before social media, too. Has that been daunting?

“Well, I was kind of loathe to go on social media. I find the trolling unacceptable and I never wanted to look like I was someone who would accept that. But the 99 — no, I would actually say 100% of the people [who’ve interacted with me on social media] have been so wonderful so far. My life is real average, and it’s nice to share that with people. And to see people’s conspiracies and their theories, that’s fun. It’s really fun to be part of.”

AFP continued:

Her co-star Boyega has been fielding accusations of committing sacrilege since fans found out there was going to be a black Stormtrooper in the “Star Wars” universe.

You’re referring to the purely imaginary black stormtrooper controversy.

The toxic fan culture surrounding “Star Wars” actually pre-dates the perceived political correctness of Disney, which bought Lucasfilm for $4 billion in 2012.

Child star Jake Lloyd and actor Hayden Christensen — both white and male — drifted out of Hollywood after relentless mockery for their performances in “Star Wars” creator George Lucas’s prequel series.

Meanwhile, the people who hung Lucas out to dry for ruining their childhoods are part of the same movement clamoring now for him to save “Star Wars” from Disney.

It doesn’t pre-date the massive stupidity of political correctness at all.

Do you remember when SJWs called the Prequel Trilogy racist?  Do you remember when SJWs called the Original Trilogy sexist?  Have you read all of the uninformed SJW diatribes on Leia’s gold bikini?

Probably not.

While the trolls may not have come suddenly out of a clear blue sky, the toxicity of their obsession has been intensified by the megaphone of Twitter.

So has the toxicity of Lucasfilm representatives.

But it’s not time just yet to despair and beat a retreat to the solitude of Luke Skywalker’s ocean-bound sanctuary on Ahch-To, says David Opie of online lifestyle magazine Highsnobiety.

“Instead of fighting what we hate, the best way to win is by ‘saving what we love,'” he wrote, borrowing the powerful words of Rose in “The Last Jedi.”

“Nothing captures the Rebel spirit more than celebrating the things that matter to us most and treating others with respect. As long as we keep doing that, the Dark Side of the Star Wars fandom will forever be kept at bay.”

Yes, I’ve responded to David’s commonly parroted points here.

SC Reviews comments on AFP’s article:

EA Star Wars Game On Hold As Amy Hennig Leaves Company

The Verge reports:

EA puts Star Wars game on hold as Uncharted creator Amy Hennig leaves company

‘The Vancouver studio is working on something pretty different.’

Last October, EA shuttered Dead Space studio Visceral, but it kept one project alive: a new, story-driven Star Wars adventure helmed by Uncharted creator Amy Hennig. Development was to continue at EA Vancouver — but it looks like that might no longer be the case.

Speaking to Eurogamer, Hennig revealed that she left EA in January, and is currently in the process of forming her own studio.

But as for the Uncharted-like Star Wars adventure, it appears that development has stalled, and there’s now a very different game in the works.

“I’m not doing anything Star Wars,” Hennig tells Eurogamer. “And, who knows what the future may hold, but that project is on the shelf now. The Vancouver studio is working on something pretty different. It’s really not… Y’know, once you go more open world it’s such a different game to the one we were making. Everybody loved what we were doing and I’d love to see us resurrect that somehow, but it’s complicated.”

With the ongoing struggles of Battlefront II, and the sting that came from the cancellation of Star Wars 1313, it’s been a rough few years for players looking to explore a galaxy far, far away.

Examining Rian Johnson’s Massive Stupidity

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A fan recently took to twitter to highlight the distinction between Rian Johnson’s turd burger and genuine Star Wars.

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In response, Rian had one of his characteristically snarky and clueless responses stocked and ready to go.

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— Rian Johnson (@rianjohnson) June 27, 2018

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So, it needs to be recognized that historically George Lucas has been a very contradictory man.  He’s been waffling between talking about 12 Episodes and no Episodes after VI for decades.  So while he’s definitely an inspired man, his words aren’t gospel  by any means.

Next, let’s tackle Rian’s examples in his counterpoint.

First, I’m not sure why Rian would include a picture of Luke getting his hand cut off.  Luke doesn’t die in that sequence.  So this one can be easily crossed off the list.

Second, he includes an image of Anakin skywalker, who also doesn’t die in that particular sequence, but instead lives to become Darth Vader.  So this one too can be crossed off the list.

Third, he includes the death images of Uncle Owen and Aunt Beru, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Yoda, Queen Amidala, Qui-Gon Jinn, and Mace Windu. All supporting characters, none of whom whose death would carry the emotional weight that Kasdan speaks of.  Kasdan was very likely speaking about a primary character, such as Han Solo, who he felt should die in Return of the Jedi.

Fourth, Rian includes images of the younglings just before Anakin slaughters them.  The younglings are barely supporting characters.  Can anyone even list their names without looking them up?

Fifth, Rian includes an image of Queen Amidala dying in child birth.  Amidala is a primary character.  But her death was necessary given the narrative in the OT.  It was needed as a catalyst for keeping Anakin in the dark side, and to comply with her absence in the OT, and Luke’s mention about how he never met his mother.  There was simply no avoiding it.

So Rian’s counterpoints didn’t really have any meaning, to anyone who has actually watched the Star Wars films.


The fan responded with the following tweet:

Rian replied:

For me TLJ 100% distills what the spirit & heart of SW has been in my life. But yes it is personal, it’s a certain pov, and it has to be – originals were personal for GL, that’s why they’re alive. SW films will truly betray the heart & spirit of the originals if they lose that,

— Rian Johnson (@rianjohnson) June 27, 2018

So the movie with AT-AT walkers, and the Millenium Falcon, and stormtroopers, and X-Wings, and TIE Fighters, and an Empire, and a Rebellion, is the distillation of the spirit and heart of Star Wars which has avoided a soulless clean homage?

He apparently feels that this will keep Star Wars alive, though his efforts seem to have had the exact opposite effect.

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There’s nothing wrong with subverting expectations, and common film tropes.  It’s a worthwhile goal.  The problem Rian is having is understanding that he’s just not very good at that sort of thing.  It’s not the subversion of tropes itself that was the problem, but the execution of it.

Having Luke die in the Sequel Trilogy is as acceptable as it was to have Obi-Wan die in the Original Trilogy.  Having Luke die by passing out after projecting a hologram across the galaxy was just lame.

Having Luke exiling himself after some great failure is perfectly fine.  Having Luke get bested in a lightsaber duel by a tiny girl with no training, and having Luke milk alien space walrus nipples was not.

The manner in which Luke was subverted suggests that the writer really just didn’t know what to do with the character, and brought him in only momentarily to elevate the characters around him, and then to die.


 

In another Twitter thread, Rian tackled every SJW’s favorite topic; social commentary, also known as political naggery. 

A fan posted:

With WWII fresh in America’s mind, he brought the Holocaust to Playhouse 90. But his teleplay about a lynching in the Deep South was too current, too controversial. The network reset it in the old west. To confront social issues on TV, he’d have to find another way.

And he did. https://t.co/qs2ag6jvQ9

— Christopher McQuarrie (@chrismcquarrie) June 29, 2018

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Rian’s having a couple of problems here.

The first is a basic difficulty with the definitions of words.  Rian likes how the word “unfettered” sounds.  But if he reads the original post to which he responded, he’ll see that the network reset Serling’s screenplay to the old west.  This means that Serling’s progressive social or political messages were…fettered.

This was a common problem in the 1950s through the 1970s.  The Greatest Generation who actually understood socialism due to their first hand experience with it, were still largely in charge of the studios.  They wisely edited the work of dippie hippies to have a more over arching non-specific messaging undercurrent.  George Lucas was no different, and I’ve written about that at length here.

The second problem that Rian is having here is understanding the nuanced distinction between genuine social commentary, and small-minded social justice propaganda.

Genuine social commentary is overarching and is broad and applicable to multiple cultures and time periods, and is built into the structure of the story.

Social justice propaganda is on-the-nose dialogue that preaches the political fashion trends of the moment.

It’s the difference between the politics in the managed OT, which I’ve written about here, and crass Soviet Animated Propaganda:

Is it any wonder, that Twighlight Zone is thought of more highly than Night Gallery, which Serling undoubtedly had more control over?


I think there’a a mental disconnect where they don’t realize if someone is atted on a thread they’re basically talking directly to them. It’s odd.

— Rian Johnson (@rianjohnson) June 26, 2018

Or maybe he did realize he was atting Rian, and was hoping that Rian would wake up to the reality of his own massive stupidity, rather than further demonstrate it.

In any case, Rian’s responses are causing naive snowflakes to declare, “Rian Johnson expertly shuts down fan criticising him.”  Only for those whose intellect is restricted to the finite Twitterverse.


 

Unfortunately, the unthinking Rian Johnson won a Saturn award for his writing of The Last Jedi:

Since the announcement of Johnson’s win at the Saturn Awards last night, a number of Star Wars fans have bombarded Twitter with their reactions, some happy with Johnson’s victory, and even more furious with the decision. Below are some of the more notable responses to Rian Johnson winning the Best Writing award last night at the Saturn Awards, including both negative and positive responses.

What this means is that the Saturn Awards are equally as meaningless as the Nobel Prize, and for the same reasons.  It’s an award that SJWs give to other SJWs for pushing political ideology, rather than crafting genuine art or making genuine accomplishments.

It’s probably easy to think highly of yourself, when the SJW management within Lucasfilm and Disney keep telling you how brilliant you are for your “social commentary.”  But it might be nice to have some folks practiced in genuine film craft around you too.  That is, if you don’t mute or block them, as settled science correctly predicts that progressive pea-brains will.

But given Rian Johnson’s attitude towards Star Wars, which can be summed up as:

“It’s Star Wars.  Let’s not worry.  Let’s move on.” 

What is he doing worrying about social and/or political commentary anyway?

Ethan Van Sciver also commented on these tweets:

As did John Talks Star Wars:

SC reviews comments on the Saturn Awards:

 

Lucasfilm Insists On Empty Seats For Indiana Jones 5

Chris Agar from ScreenRant reports:

Production on Indiana Jones 5 is set to begin next spring, and there are currently a few pre-production tasks that need taking care of. Finding a supporting cast for Ford is chief among them, and now it looks like the screenplay is back on the to-do list. Originally, Kingdom of the Crystal Skull scribe David Koepp was on Indy 5, but that job has apparently found its way to someone else with Lucasfilm ties.

Collider reports:

As Lucasfilm recalibrates the future of its Star Wars franchise, the company is pressing forward with its other marquee property, as Jonathan Kasdan (Solo: A Star Wars Story) has signed on to replace David Koepp as the writer of Indiana Jones 5, multiple sources tell Collider.

We aren’t sure if he’s rewriting Koepp’s existing script, or merely doing a two-week polish, or if he’s starting completely from scratch. We also don’t know if Kasdan is writing the script with a partner — perhaps his father, Lawrence Kasdan, with whom he wrote Solo, and who counts Raiders of the Lost Ark among his many credits. We also don’t know when Koepp left the project or when Kasdan was hired, be it before or after Solo opened below expectations, so it’s possible that he has been working on Indy 5 for some time now. As for who will ultimately get credit, we’ll leave that up to the WGA to decide.

Jon Kasdan was the screenwriter for the disastrous Solo.  If Jon Kasdan insists on injecting identity politics into Indiana Jones, then social justice warriors everywhere will concoct reasons such as Saturday night laundry, naked yard work, unseasonably cool weather, and the Age of Taurus to explain the lack of attendance.

Maybe the McGuffin in Indiana Jones 5 can be the missing audience members.

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Lucasfilm seeks to follow the same path for Indy 5.

 

Most Wanted Author Admits Solo Tie-In Novel Is Really About Qi’Ra

She also doesn’t think very highly of struggling male authors.  Rae Carson, author of the Star Wars novel Most Wanted, seems to believe that struggling male authors are inherently misogynist.

 

So if Daniel Jose Older changed Lando Calrissian to a woman without changing anything else, does that mean she would still admire her own butt and bulge?

I don’t know! But lightsabers don’t always obey Force users who are not their masters, ie. when Kylo reached for Luke’s lightsaber but it went to Rey instead.

— Rae Carson (@raecarson) March 30, 2018

Apparently lightsabers are the Glaive from Krull now.  Yes, this person is actually writing Star Wars novels.

Only as long as Rae Carson gets to determine what is and what is not hate speech I presume.

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She’s on top.

I’m sure that Star Wars fans are predominately interested in Qi’Ra’s point of view over Han Solo’s.

You mean like the problem with the purely imaginary black stormtrooper controversy?

For those wishing to respectfully reply to Rae Carson with some feedback be prepared, for settled science correctly predicts what her response will be.

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It’s only a matter of time before these crybabies play victim.