Backlash Blamed On Bad Trailer

First, there was no backlash, it didn’t exist.  Then, the backlash was merely a tiny vocal minority.  Then, the backlash were merely racist, sexist, misogynist, homophobic bigots.  Then, the fanbase had a “toxic” element.  Then it was all Russian Bots.

Now however, the backlash can be attributed to a bad trailer, according to ScreenRant’s Alexander Leadbeater in a piece entitled, The Last Jedi’s Trailers Created The Star Wars Backlash

Did Star Wars: The Last Jedi‘s trailers and marketing help create the movie’s backlash? The Star Wars fan divide has never been bigger, and it’s mostly blamed on the release and surrounding decisions Lucasfilm made with Episode VIII. But could Disney have released the exact same movie to a much more accepting audience if they’d only marketed it better?

That every Star Wars movie is produced under immense secrecy is really born from the Disney era, and specifically Abrams. And it needn’t be; The Force Awakens got away with it thanks to how well the movie replicated the feel of Star Wars, but that all its mystery really amounted to one character being a new-generation Skywalker, the death of a legacy hero everybody expected to bite it already, and a plot that mirrored A New Hope is certainly perplexing. In truth, the use of the mystery box for the film’s marketing had a very different purpose to narrative; it was bringing Star Wars back under a cloud of cynicism following the prequels and needed a longer lead-in, more “feel” focused push, and to build up hype for more – something for which teasing ambiguity helps.

With Star Wars: The Last Jedi, though, the mystery box just means that some of its most interesting aspects are held back for far too long. The audience for Disney Star Wars was proven by The Force Awakens and Rogue One, so it was more a case of raising awareness and getting everybody ready for the release than actually selling something. The mistake was assuming that people needed to be dragged into the cinema once again.

The irony of the backlash stoked by The Last Jedi‘s marketing is that Star Wars 9 is now perceived as needing to “win back” a portion of its audience only just brought back on board by The Force Awakens. This means there will be a supposed advantage to returning to the mystery box and teasing reveals and secrets, but that really only propagates the cycle. To truly move on from the mistakes of the past, the Star Wars marketing machine needs to actually understand The Last Jedi learn from its failures.

The writer is so convinced that the article is 3 pages long.  Give it a read if you’re interested in amusing yourself.

But let’s go ahead and look at one fan’s reaction to The Last Jedi’s trailer:

Now, let’s look at at that same fan’s reaction, to his reactio to the trailer for The Last Jedi, after he saw the movie multiple times:

1,000 Fake 5 Star Reviews For Resistance

In April, the Rotten Tomatoes score for The Last Jedi dropped to 47%.  Although, some were asking if the real score was 24%.  Then others began noticing oddities in the Rotten Tomatoes score for The Last Jedi in June; someone or a group of organized someones was padding The Last Jedi’s Rotten Tomatoes score with fake 5 star reviews.

Then around October 12th it was noticed that activists were flooding the Rotten Tomatoes score of Star Wars Resistance with fake 5 star reviews.

Now Twitter user Dataracer has noted the following:

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Flooding the Rotten Tomatoes score with 5 Star Activism is a strange way to act for those who feel that Rotten Tomatoes scores mean nothing.

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Mathew Kadish Makes Another Awful Prediction

Mathew Kadish predicts that Rian Johnson’s trilogy is a go.

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Godspeed, Fandom Menace.

Previously, Mathew Kadish predicted that Kathleen Kennedy wasn’t going to be fired at all, despite a common consensus among many in fandom that Kathleen Kennedy would fired at the end of September.  Many were unhappy with Mathew’s prediction, but he ended up being vindicated when Kathleen Kennedy’s contract was extended for three very long years.

Now Mathew Kadish is making another prediction, based on his own intuition which has been developed from years working in the Hollywood industry, and it’s worth considering.

Obviously, this isn’t what anyone including Matthew Kadish himself wants to hear.  But it’s always important to consider alternative perspectives.

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Bryan Young Blames Geeks + Gamers And EVS For Whipping Fans Into A Frenzy

Star Wars Insider contributor and demonstrated liar Bryan Young, recently took to Twitter to publicly attack the Trump administration, Gamergaters, Jeremy from Geeks + Gamers, and Ethan Van Sciver of ComicArtistPro Secrets.

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The playbook that Bryan Young refers to, are the Phases of the Geeker Gate.

The SJW concept of the “codeword” is what allows the SJW to translate what you actually say or write, into what they would like to respond to or believe in.  Refer to the Culture War History Lesson 3, in which I relay the words of KGB defector Yuri Bezmenov, where I write:

Yuri states that we are stuck with these programmed individuals and cannot get rid of them, that they are contaminated.  That they are programmed to think and react to certain stimuli in a certain pattern.  He says that you cannot change their minds even if you expose them to authentic information.  Sound anything like the NPC

The “codeword” also releases the SJW from any responsibility of their own public comments.

In other words, Bryan is upset that YouTube personalities have both the ability and audacity to report on the public comments of SJWs who represent Lucasfilm.  From Bryan’s SJW perspective, if the people didn’t know what they were saying, they wouldn’t be whipped up “into a frenzy.”

So in other words, Bryan expects YouTube personalities to take responsibility for the behavior of every fan who listens to them, while simultaneously expecting to accept no responsibility whatsoever for the misbehavior of the SJW sliver of Star Wars fandom for which they write.

The first course of action would be to stop making such incredibly moronic statements publicly that attack politically opposed fans of Star Wars.  But as far as I know, not one single person has threatened or even hinted at “coming to shoot” Bryan.  So this appears to be pure fantasy on Bryan’s part as of this writing.

Let’s hope that all relevant local law enforcement entities and the FBI are doggedly investigating any and every threat that Bryan has received.  But what’s actually happening here is that Bryan is projecting his own SJW inability to control his own behavior onto the fans of Geeks + Gamers and Ethan Van Sciver.

A friend of Bryan offered some support:

Clearly, this is just a bit overly melodramatic.  Talking about someone critically can hardly be said to be putting someone into crosshairs.  If it did, then Lucasfilm reps put President Trump into their crosshairs daily, and ought to be thoroughly investigated for it.

Bryan responded:

Bryan was discredited because he was caught publicly in a lie about Geeks + Gamers, and you can read about that here.  Bryan’s comrade replied:

This Twitter threat has been archived here for your convenience.  Bryan also recently tweeted out the following:

Imagine being Trump—or anyone really—and just making things up, vomiting them on Twitter, the news, or whatever and being so privileged and protected that you face no consequences for it.

— Bryan Young (@swankmotron) October 31, 2018

Yes.  Imagine that.

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Jeremy from Geeks + Gamers responds:

 

The Kelly Marie Tran Instagram Narrative Makes A Crazy Ivan

On October 4th, I published a spoof blog post declaring that Russian Bots were responsible for the purported online harassment of Kelly Marie Tran.  It was a joke.

On October 21st, I published my Kelly Marie Instagram Incident Theory.  In it I suggested that after temporarily disabling her Instagram account to better comply with an NDA while in production for Episode IX, the Online Harassment Narrative sparked by an opinion posted in a single tweet by an unverified user, snowballed with the help of the legacy media to such an extent that it became too difficult for KMT to come clean due to overwhelming peer and professional pressure, and it perhaps even became lucrative for her to maintain.

Then on October 25th, The Mercury News published the following story:

‘Star Wars’ star Kelly Marie Tran was savaged by Russian bots, says study

First our national elections, and then “Star Wars.” Is nothing sacred to the Russians?

It turns out many of the nasty online attacks on “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” actress Kelly Marie Tran were directed by Russian bots, sock puppets and trolls. At least that’s what a USC study suggests, according to the Huffington Post.

The study sifted through the tweets about “The Last Jedi” as part of research on how political influence has now infiltrated pop culture. Morten Bay, a research fellow at the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, found that 51 percent of negative tweets about the 2017 installment of the “Star Wars” franchise were “politically motivated or not even human.”

“Based on the findings in the present study, it is not fair to generalize and paint all of the ‘Last Jedi’ detractors as alt-right activists, racists or misogynists,” Bay wrote. “However, the findings … show that a majority of the negatively-poised users included in the study do express such sentiments, either in ‘The Last Jedi’-related tweets or in other tweets on their accounts.”

Tran, the first woman of color to play a significant role in the “Star Wars” universe, was the subject of much of the online harassment, most of which was racist and sexist.

The trolling took a toll on the 29-year-old actress and forced her earlier this year to withdraw temporarily from social media.

On October 29th, Cinemablend posted the following story:

Russian Bots Allegedly Behind Kelly Marie Tran Star Wars: The Last Jedi Social Media Attacks

Kelly Marie Tran left social media because of an influx of negative responses to her role in a movie, but it seems that not all of it came from real sources. It turns out that potentially as much as half of the vitriol focused on the Star Wars: The Last Jedi actress may have come from Russian bots, not actually angry fans.

The news that Russian bots may have been involved in amplifying the negative reaction to Star Wars: The Last Jedi was part of a research study published earlier this month by Morten Bay, but in addition to the bots piling on the existing general backlash aimed at the film and director Rian Johnson, it seems that the criticism also included the anger that was focused on Kelly Marie Tran and her role in the film.

The study found that possibly as much as 51% of the negative social media response may have been bots. It seems that sources in Russia saw the negative response happening and decided to piggyback on top of it as a way to expand the decent and generally cause a commotion.

To be clear, that means that about half of the people sending negative Instagram responses to Kelly Marie Tran were actual people who thought telling her they didn’t like her role in a movie, frequently in some pretty movie terms, was a good use of their time. That’s still far too many, but it also means that there weren’t nearly as many people actually doing it as it may have seemed.

It was several months ago that Kelly Marie Tran disappeared from Instagram. While it was rumored at the time that she had been driven away due to ongoing harassment, it was some time before the actress opened up publicly to discuss the issue. At this point, it’s unclear if Tran will ever go back to social media. Currently, the actress has an official Instagram account, but nothing has been publicly posted on it.

The fact that bots got involved in something like the social media response to a movie and its actors isn’t good news for anybody. At the end of the day, it doesn’t matter to Kelly Marie Tran how much of the hate she received was from legitimate sources. Plenty of it was, and the part that wasn’t just ended up making it all harder to deal with.

These two articles tell us a number of things.

First, the narrative will continue to be coordinated, and I expect a flurry of similar stories to be published by the legacy media over the next week or two.

Second, the articles talk out of both sides of their mouths.  On the one hand, the writers want to make sure you know that KMT is a victim of online harassment.  On the other hand, they seem almost reluctant to point out that half of the purported harassers may have been Russian Bots.

Next, if what the writers state is true, and as many as 51% of the harassers were Russian Bots, then of the 7 pieces of evidence being passed around on social media that I examined – that’s right, seven pieces of evidence – 3 to 4 instances may be Russian Bots.  Has anyone looked into whether or not Down With Disney may have been a Russian Bot?  But I digress.

So there are several possible motivations for this new direction in the narrative.

One is obviously being so close to the mid-terms election, activists in the legacy media will look for any angle to get the “Russian Bots stole the election” narrative going.  Especially if they think that the Blue Wave just isn’t coming.  If that’s the case, then the legacy media is abandoning their damsel in distress in favor of more pressing issues.

Two, this could be an attempt to smooth things over with the fans in advance of The Mandalorian and Episode IX.  It could be Lucasfilm’s way of saying, “It wasn’t all toxic fans after all, but those darned Russian Bots.  Sorry!”  After months of articles stupidly calling the fanbase toxic, I don’t know how they think this could work.  Then again, it is today’s Lucasfilm, so anything is possible.

Three, it could be that the publication of my Instagram Theory hit a little too close to home for some, and they’re now working to get out in front of that and give Kelly Marie Tran plausible deniability, in the event that the Instagram narrative comes crashing down all around her.  Now, I don’t delude myself into thinking that anyone of importance is paying much attention to this blog.  I don’t really see myself as being all that important.  On the other hand, I tweeted a link for my Instagram Theory to Kelly Marie Tran’s agent on October 21st.

Only one thing is clear at this point; Morten Bay’s pseudo-scientific study confirms one other study, which says that there are too many studies.

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Culture War History Lesson 3: Cultural Subversion

Fans of Star Wars have been hearing the words subverting and subversion quite a bit over the last year or so.  Those words, however, may have meaning other than just subverting expectations.

Starwars.com contributor Byran Young wrote the following with regards to Star Trek:

Gene Roddenberry did the same thing with Star Trek. Star Trek itself is a show that is designed to show us what humanity can do when we put behind us the useless toil of capitalism and work at the higher levels of Maslow’s hierarchy of needs. It’s a socialist paradise and full of diversity. Diversity was a huge theme for Roddenberry.

But when we speak to much older Star Trek fans, we find that many of them were turned off by The Next Generation specifically because of its depiction of socialism light.  Many of them claim that the original series never had socialist overtones at all.  Interestingly, i09 published the following as recently as 2015:

Basically, the main arc of Chaos on the Bridge is all about Gene Roddenberry’s involvement with TNG, and how Roddenberry’s input was mostly a net negative for the show. Roddenberry, of course, died in 1991 and isn’t here to defend himself—but pretty much everybody involved with creating TNG seems to agree that there were certain problems with Roddenberry, which nearly killed the whole thing on a few occasions.

The picture that emerges is of a man who was angry and bitter after years in the wilderness following the cancellation of the original Star Trek in 1969. Roddenberry, according to all Shatner’s sources, had also developed a huge ego after years of going to conventions and college campuses and speaking to huge, adoring throngs—and the “Great Bird of the Galaxy” had started to believe his own hype regarding his status as a great visionary who pointed the way toward a utopian future for the human race.

It should now, after article upon article declaring it to be a good thing that Disney took over Star Wars from George Lucas, and that his ideas were awful.  That Star Wars was nearly driven into the ground before Disney took it over.  It’s the same narrative.  And much like Star Wars, there was a significant change in Star Trek when the socialist committee of writers took over from the dying Gene Roddenbury.  One can clearly see a definite change from the early seasons of TNG.  And so you get commentary from the socialists of Star Wars like this:

The reason that Bryan can’t imagine such a thing, is because his brain has been subverted.  Doubt me?  Read the next comment:

This Star Wars writer’s ignorant love of communism presents to us a wonderful opportunity to discuss Yuri Bezmenov and Cultural Subversion.

I often recommend that my readers take the time to listen to the words of Yuri Bezmenov, defected propagandist for the KGB.  Yuri Bezmenov defected because the political propaganda that was issued by the USSR in which he lived, did not reflect the reality of his experience within the USSR.  He’s worth listening to because he gives us great insight into the Culture War.

This is the third part of my Culture Wars History series.  I highly recommend reading Part 1 and Part 2 before taking in this blog post if you haven’t already.  Understanding what Yuri has to say about Cultural Subversion will help us better understand the Phases of the Geeker Gate.

In the preceding video, Yuri discusses his background and how he came into the work that he did.  He also discusses how he discovered that the USSR bought into the world the exact opposite of what it preached against; internal oppression of intellectuals, racism, exploitation, slavery, and economic inefficiency.  As a KGB agent, he and his KGB colleagues viewed American progressives such as Bryan Young and Pablo Hidalgo as “political prostitutes.”

He was attached to LOOK Magazine, to publish positive fake opinions of “Americans” on the Soviet Union.  The purpose was to prey on the stupidity and naivete of the American progressive and to get them thinking that this is what other Americans thought of the Soviet Union as well, thereby working to shift the American opinion of the Soviet Union as a whole.  Of course, it was all pure rubbish.  But you can see how the legacy media with regards to Star Wars fandom has used similar tactics, and you can read those articles right here on this blog.  Pop culture propagandists are doing their very best to convince the public that critical fans represent only a “toxic” vocal minority and that the vast majority of fans share the same stupid opinions that the legacy media routinely publishes.  And like the LOOK Magazine articles, that too is pure rubbish.  Yuri goes on to explain several other tactics that the legacy media has used for decades, and if you watch the whole interview you’ll find similarities with many of the tactics that the legacy media continues to use with regards to Star Wars today.

He also talked about how the USSR kept track of revolutionaries in Viet Nam well before the communist revolution there, so that after the revolution happened, all of the fist-raising communist revolutionaries there were lined up and shot.  Why?

College professors and other fist raising socialist activists believe that they will be the ones who come to power when the revolution happens.  But they only have a purpose in the Cultural Subversion stage of destabilization.  But once the revolution happens, they are not needed anymore.  They know too much and become disillusioned.  Disillusioned communist revolutionaries become the worst enemies of the state, and therefore have to be eliminated, according to Yuri Bezmenov.

He stated that the main emphasis of the KGB was not on espionage was Ideological (Cultural) Subversion or psychological warfare.  The purpose of which is to change the perception of reality in a targeted culture, to such an extent that no one is able to come to sensible conclusions in the interest of defending themselves or their culture.  The highest form of warfare is to not fight at all but to subvert anything of value in your enemy’s nation to the point that the perception of that nation no longer perceives you as an enemy but as a viable alternative and an ally instead.  It’s a brainwashing process that happens over the course of many years.

Cultural Subversion happens in four stages:

  1. Demoralization – This stage takes 15 to 20 years to put into place because that’s how long it takes to educate, or indoctrinate, an entire generation of students with Marxist ideology.  Remember the previous post on the Frankfurt School?  Remember how the Frankfurt School was established in the United States in the 1930s?  Remember how the beatniks emerged 20 years after that, and the hippies shortly thereafter?  According to Yuri, we as a culture then become stuck with these individuals after graduation, as they take jobs in positions of power in various institutions.  This includes but is not limited to education, religion, social life, administration, law enforcement, military, labor and employer relations, security, politics, etc.  Remember “The Long March Through The Culture?”  Yuri states that we are stuck with these programmed individuals and cannot get rid of them, that they are contaminated.  That they are programmed to think and react to certain stimuli in a certain pattern.  He says that you cannot change their minds even if you expose them to authentic information.  Sound anything like the NPC? Yuri states that these are the people most likely marked for execution in the future, because of what happens within them when they experience the psychological shock over what equality and social justice really means after the revolution.  Yuri felt this stage was complete in the 1980s.  In a free society, cultural institutions each go in their own separate direction.  The demoralization effort is to get each of these institutions to move in the same direction.  Once that is achieved, then that synchronized movement in one direction is used to cause society to collapse
  2. Destabilization – Destabilizing a nation only takes 2 – 5 years.  Here they bring society to the point that it is unable to reach compromises.  They do this through radicalization and polarization.  People cannot solve their problems peacefully, society becomes more antagonistic between groups of people.  The media is in opposition to society in general.  This leads to crisis.
  3. Crisis – It only takes up to six weeks to bring a nation up to a crisis.  When the legitimate structures of society can no longer function any longer it collapses.  The population is looking for a savior and will gravitate towards a figure who promises to solve all of their problems.  Either a foreign power or a domestic group will fill this savior role.  Then comes civil war, and then invasion.
  4. Normalization – Normalizing of the new Marxist reality.  The revolutionaries and activists are not needed anymore, so they are eliminated by the new rulers in power.

Yuri elaborates on Cultural Subversion further in the following video, and it’s worth listening to what he has to say about the media and education:

Using the Geeker Gate as a kind of canary in the coal mine, or as a microcosm of the larger national stage, we can estimate that the United States is somewhere in the 2nd stage.

“Gentleman, comrades, do not be concerned about all you hear about Glasnost and Perestroika and democracy in the coming years. These are for outward consumption.  There will be no significant change within the Soviet Union, other than for cosmetic purposes.  Our purpose is to disarm the Americans, and let them fall asleep.”  ~Mikhail Gorbachev

In the 1980s, a mini-series aired on network television entitled Amerika, which depicted a dystopian future in which America had been taken over by the Soviet Union.  The takeover didn’t happen through military invasion and conquest, but rather through internal political degradation.  It depicted what a school might look like under such oppression, and what students in that school would be taught.  This trailer might seem eerily prescient to current day students:

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A Mandalorian Curve Ball

Readers may remember, that on the day Solo: A Star Wars Story was released, Lucasfilm released news of an impending Boba Fett Film.   Rumors that James Mangold would be directing were floating about, which sent lily white Lucasfilm representatives into a seething frothing tizzy over another white male directing a Star Wars film.  Mangold himself went into a Twitter tirade, amusingly suggesting that we’d loose “brilliant” creators like Rian Johnson if the backlash didn’t shut up.  but by the time Solo was in theaters for 8 weeks, Mangold denied that he would be directing the film.

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It’s a curve ball.

Recently, Kathleen Kennedy briefly popped her head up from her hole, to give news that the Boba Fett movie was dead as a door nail.  According to Deadline reporter Erick Weber:

Back in March of 2018, white Lucasfilm reps were also shrieking over the hiring of white male John Favreau.

No one knew that the live action Star Wars series would be The Mandalorian back in March.  Rumors indicating such a thing didn’t swirl around the interwebs until about AugustThe title and premise of Favreau’s show wasn’t officially released until early October.  The first image came shortly thereafter.

But we can safely assume that The Mandalorian has been in production at least since March, when Favreau was signed on.  Solo: A Star Wars Story, would be released the following May.

So what are the chances that the Boba Fett movie was actually still in pre-production when Lucasfilm publicly promised it to fans on the opening day of Solo in May, and when The Mandalorian had already been in pre-production for two months?  Was Lucasfilm seriously considering attempting to start a film franchise about a bounty hunter in Mandalorian armor, while simultaneously developing a television series about a lone gunman in Mandalorian armor?

Or was the promise of a Boba Fett movie on the opening day of Solo merely a lie put out in press release form which attempted to fill a few more seats in the theater, by suggesting that if Solo were a success then fans could get a Boba Fett movie too?  If so, was Mangold lied to as well about his involvement in the Boba Fett film?

Or did Lucasfilm put out the lie, knowing that it wouldn’t be going ahead, just so that it could mischaracterize critics and blame them for canceling the film?  They attempted to do just that with the canceling of the Obi-Wan film after all.