Shipping Gone Wild At Disneyland

I’ve offered my own opinion on shipping before, but it’s worth repeating it here.

My own opinion on fan fiction in general, is that it’s a useful exercise to practice the craft of writing.   Those who want to become professional writers will graduate from fan fiction, and those who don’t may still write fan fiction as a fine hobby.

With regards to shipping fan fiction in particular, I don’t see it being much different from the trashy romance novels that have been published and read many times over for decades.  There’s nothing at all inherently wrong with it.  Romance is a normal part of the human experience, so it’s normal that people would want to read about it and write about it.  It’s simply just not for me.

However, here’s the danger I see, and again, this is not a criticism of shippers.

There are much older gentlemen lurking within the subterranean echelons of Lucasfilm, who may use online shipping chat rooms as a way to gain access to very young ladies and attempt to develop inappropriate relationships with them.  Relationships that the older gentlemen may attempt to pursue in real life, at the conventions they slither around.  Young ladies should be ever mindful of that danger.

Having said all of that, it’s also normal for older people to poke a little fun at the activities of younger people.  Generation X earned the reputation of being slackers, because of their interest in newly emerging video games, and the fact that they had no interest in engaging in the kind of activist hysterics that typified their parent’s generation, the Baby Boomers.  So this not something that shippers should ever be offended by.  Shippers have nothing to worry about from us.  In fact, it’s the adult weirdos who don’t poke fun at shipping, and who feign interest in it, that shippers ought to be worried about.

So this story is not at all an indictment of all shippers, but rather, a commentary on one particular incident involving a singular individual.

Your kids?  Other people’s kids?  Who crossed what line?

Am I to guess that the particular b*tch in question, wasn’t drying for a glass of aqua?

A Disneyland actor playing Kylo Ren was harassed?  Yes.  It appears that 2 or 3 years ago, this did happen.

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Shipping gone wild.

Well Hopey, what’s old to you, is new to someone else.  And after all, one man’s treasure is a another man’s trash.

It’s not the anits you should be worried about.

The young lady involved was mortified at having this old drama resurface after so many years.

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That’s the collective, collaborative, cooperative, community for ya.

Corariley is learning a couple of important lessons here.

First, the internet is forever.

Second, SJWs will persecute you for what was ultimately a fairly harmless display, even if makes normal old folks uncomfortable.

The incident that was described here isn’t much different from the commonplace incidents of young female groupies chasing the stars in rock bands like The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, or Def Leppard around for decades.  It hardly describes an actual “assault.”  This, I’m afraid, is much ado about nothing.  But that’s what SJWs do.  They gnash their teeth over minutiae and nothingness.

Not to worry.  I have a sneaking suspicion that the actor playing Kylo Ren will somehow get over having his ego boosted.  I’m sure he’ll be looking forward to working at Galaxy’s Edge.

Matt Martin Scolds The Fandom Menace

James Wan recently demonstrated how creators can treat criticism of their film with class, rather than react with mindless accusations of racism, sexism, misogyny, homophobia, etc.

But leave it to a Lucasfilm Story Group member to distort that fine example of maturity for their own immature purposes.

http://archive.ph/owG4W

What a fantastic for way for Lucasfilm to kick off 2019.

Let’s hope that the “opposite effect” directly leads to Lucasfilm going broke in 2019.

Who is stopping SJWs from enjoying Disney Star Wars?

You mean as nicely as Lucasfilm has treated critical fans?

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Matt believes that blocking people on Twitter has meaning.

UPDATE:

Ethan Van Sciver comments on this blog post:

China Might Have A Problem If Poe Is Gay

SJWs are obsessed with seeing themselves on screen, or being “represented” as they call it.  I’ve identified that personality flaw as basic narcissism, and the desire to gaze into your own reflection just as Narcissus did.  SJWs are now begging Lucasfilm to turn Poe Dameron gay in the final installment of the Sequel Trilogy.  Kate Gardner from the Mary Sue writes:

We’re a year out from Episode IX now, and none of the films have included a character who identifies as being part of the LGBT+ community.

Now, we’re four films into the new Star Wars, some might say. Give them time. But the problem is is that we shouldn’t have to wait in 2018, almost 2019, for a major franchise that’s been around for over 40 years to recognize that LGBT+ characters might exist.  A line about Poe’s boyfriend wouldn’t have dragged down The Last Jedi any more than an unnecessary shirtless Kylo Ren scene did.

Other feminists found Kylo Ren’s shirtless scene to be very necessary, but I digress.

The idea that a non-heterosexual sexuality would somehow distract from the main story is dated as hell; a same-sex love story wouldn’t affect or change anything except to make the franchise more inclusive.

At this point in time, it’s more of a conscious decision to not include gay characters than it is to include them, especially when the Star Wars books and comics are becoming more inclusive.

More importantly, representation is almost a moral matter. To willingly exclude gay characters is cruel, because that is a statement that the fans who are part of the LGBT+ community are not valid enough to be represented onscreen. In the same way that it is deeply, deeply problematic to only cast white women in leading female roles, or to fridge women of color, or to only hire white men to direct and write projects, to exclude the LGBT+ community from the films and television shows that Lucasfilm’s imagination can be limited to a problematic degree.

I know I’m making many demands about this, but also let it be a protagonist/hero character as well.

If Poe is made straight in the next film, then not only will that represent a missed opportunity but given the fan reaction to him as a gay character, it will seem almost cruel and deliberate. To give fans hope for years by keeping Poe’s sexuality vague and then to pull the rug out from under them would be hurtful to so many across the board. At this point, Poe practically has to be gay, otherwise it will seem like a slap in the face to gay fans.

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Help them Poe Dameron. You’re their only hope.

It never ceases to amaze me how SJWs will accuse critics of feeling “entitled,” and then turn around and make demands such as this.

But some unintended consequences may put a stop on any such plans to wrap Poe Dameron in a rainbow, if it hasn’t already been done.

Readers will  know the troubles that The Last Jedi has had in China, where it performed so poorly that it was pulled from theaters after the 2nd weekend.  Defenders chalk that up to a lack of “cultural cache,” despite the fact that that Black Panther outperformed The Last Jedi in China, a film which also had several strong female characters.  Chinese movie goers were not looking forward to Solo.  And it was reported that Hasbro employs slave labor in China.

So there are many roadblocks to success for the Star Wars franchise in China.  And now it appears that it may have one more.

According to Anna Codrea-Rado of the New York Times:

China Is Banned From Airing Eurovision After Censoring Performance With Gay Theme

LONDON — The grand final of the Eurovision Song Contest will not be shown in China after two performances were censored in a local broadcast.

The European Broadcasting Union (E.B.U.), which organizes Eurovision and licenses broadcasts around the world, terminated its contract with the Chinese channel Mango TV after Ireland’s performance was cut, and other sections were blurred to obscure details, when the first semifinal aired on Wednesday.

The singer Ryan O’Shaughnessy, representing Ireland, sang a sentimental breakup ballad, “Together,” which featured two male performers dancing and holding hands. This section of the competition did not feature in the broadcast in China.

The state-funded news outlet Global Times said that the Chinese broadcaster also blurred images of the rainbow flag, an L.G.B.T. symbol, waved in the audience during Switzerland’s performance. The BBC News website showed a still from the broadcast in which the flag had been obscured

Homosexuality is not illegal in China, and the country has a growing movement for lesbian and gay rights. But recently, censors have pushed back against the growing visibility of lesbian, gay and transgender people online and in the media, reflecting the Chinese Communist Party’s drive to instill politically orthodox values.

This is somewhat amusing given how many domestic supporters of the LGBTQ+ community are communists themselves.  But putting that aside, what does this mean for Episode IX in China?

Will Episode IX be heavily edited to play in China?  Or given the utterly disastrous performance of The Last Jedi in China, will China bother with allowing Episode IX into theaters at all?  Not even the Asian representation of Rose Tico may be enough to get Episode IX into communist China’s film market.

Imagine If Rian Johnson Had Behaved This Way Instead?

The director of Aquaman, James Wan, recently took to Twitter to admonish fans of his film who were attacking critics of his film.

Just imagine if Rian Johnson had reacted that way with class and maturity, rather than the petty and childish manner in which he did.  Fans might have gone to see Solo, and could actually have given a crap about Episode IX.

There’s no hysterical accusations of racism, sexism, misogyny, homophobia, etc., etc., etc., coming from Wan against his critics.  Just pure class.

I will now make an extra special point to go see Aquaman.

Google Joins The “Tiny Vocal Minority”

Writers in the legacy media may have to adjust their narrative, as it appears that Google’s algorithm has joined the “tiny vocal minority.”

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Perhaps Google’s algorithm has been programmed with “fan toxicity” and/or “entitlement.”  In any case, now that this may be reported around the interwebs, SJW activists will likely organize a mass reporting of “inappropriate predictions” to get their narrative back on course.

Thanks to Not Rian’s Luke and Steff Netzer for the tip.

 

GeekGirlDiva Gives Ethan Van Sciver’s Sex Scandal Series Rave Reviews

Many of my readers have been watching Ethan Van Sciver’s video series on various scandals within Star Wars fandom.  Well freelance starwars.com writer and human claxon Geek Girl Diva is here to tell you how hilarious it all is!

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Pablo Hidalgo’s Star Wars legacy.

Geek Girl Diva may find all of this amusing at the moment.  But she might sing a different tune, were she to avail herself of spoilers as to how Ethan’s video series may end with Bryan “likes em” Young.  Then again, the proud owner of a 24K gold dildo may laugh that off as well.