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!

Pablo

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.

 

The Decline of Star Wars YouTube

Perhaps you’ve read the usual suspects associated with Lucasfilm take swipes at successful YouTube channels, particularly those channels that are critical of Lucasfilm.  If not, here’s a tiny sampling for you:

Why do these personalities devolve into hyperbolic hysterics when the topic of YouTube comes up?  And why would no shill Star Wars channel mention Star Wars Theory’s Darth Vader fan film?

An interesting thread at Reddit may provide an answer.  It’s posted by a user named u/an0nymous_bosch and I repost it here for your consideration:

The Decline of Star Wars YouTube – How analytics prove a dying fanbase

It’s a tough time to be a YouTube channel focused on Star Wars these days, but that wasn’t always the case. In the interim of The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi, Star Wars channels were thriving. Theory videos and speculation were a fun form of content for many fans. But then TLJ happened – a movie that told us our fan theories were stupid and that we were stupid for even caring. A funny thing happened after that, and thanks to analytics, we can track it in real time.

I’ve picked out the subscriber and view graphs from some prominent Star Wars themed channels. You may notice a pattern.

Star Wars Theory

Perhaps the most telling example is Star Wars Theory. What is there to theorize about anymore? December 2017 into January 2018 should have been a busy time for this channel. The Last Jedi had just come out. Surely there were things to expand on and analyze, right? Apparently not, because the views and subs dropped off a cliff and never recovered.

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Star Wars Explained – aka starwarsminute

Same as before. Huge drop right as TLJ comes out that never recovers. I genuinely feel bad for this channel. I used to watch this content pretty regularly and I think there’s real passion behind it.

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Hello Greedo

Hello Greedo blew up right after TFA. It tapered off a bit, but he was still pretty popular leading up to TLJ. Since the movie came out, Greedo has been one of the biggest defenders of it. His monthly subs are now so low that 0 is the baseline of the graph. I checked out his channel while researching this post and he posted a TLJ defense video only 3 days ago. Most of his uploads don’t even eclipse 20k views anymore.

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Star Wars

For giggles I included the main Star Wars channel. Obviously there are huge spikes when trailers are released, but there’s a definite downward trend. You can barely even pick out when the Solo trailers dropped.

This list isn’t comprehensive, but I hope it illustrates the point I’m trying to make. TLJ spat in the face of anyone who crafted theories or speculation about Star Wars. It told fans to “Let the past die,” and it looks like they took that to heart. The only SW themed channels that are growing appear to be ones that are critical of the franchise. Channels such as MauLer, Thor Skywalker, and WorldClassBullshitters are on the upswing. It’s not a good look for the franchise.

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EDIT:

After a lot of feeback, I’ve decided to add the graphs of the “detractor” channels. Those that were critical of TLJ upon release and those who continue to criticize Disney.

MauLer

MauLer’s channel has grown exponentially since he uploaded his “Unbridled Rage” response to TLJ. He has just released part 1 of a critique of The Force Awakens. He is perhaps the most thorough reviewer of them all.

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Thor Skywalker

As the name implies, this channel covers more than just Star Wars, but it does focus on the problems with the Sequel Trilogy a lot. The growth this channel has undergone in the past year probably has a lot of factors, but I believe his candid tone about the ST is at least part of it.

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WorldClassBullshitters

This channel exploded onto the scene after The Last Jedi, but has since tapered off. WCBS seemingly the most unapologetic critic, and there certainly was an audience for that.

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Geeks and Gamers

Yet another channel that blew up after The Last Jedi.

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So it would seem that Lucasfilm reps suddenly developed their issues with YouTube once the channels were no longer universally praising of everything that Lucasfilm does.  Additionally, those YouTube Channels who were universally praising of everything that Lucasfilm does, now appear to be jealous of the success that critical YouTube channels now enjoy.  But I’m open to considering other interpretations.

Geek Girl Diva Attacks Jon Kasdan And Ethan Van Sciver

Freelance writer for starwars.com and human claxon Geek Girl Diva joined the SJW mob in the attacks on Solo screenwriter Jon KasdanThanks to Dataracer for tweeting out the tip.

Swipes at Ethan Van Sciver are almost obligatory among the Lucasfilm ignorati these days.  But Jon Kasdan ignored that, and responded with politeness and frankness.

One of Geek Girl Diva’s followers however, was not amused with her post.

What about starship rights?  And blaster rights?  And hydro-spanner rights?

It won’t be long before objectophilia is represented in a future Star Wars film.

ggd

Geek Girl Diva enjoys a polyamorous threesome with her hat and toy lightsaber.

Star Wars Writer Trashes Lucasfilm Story Group

Nathan P. Butler wrote a short story for the Dark Horse comic book entitled  Equals and Opposites back in 2004.  He is also known for maintaining the Star Wars Timeline Gold as a hobby, for twenty years.

But Nathan is giving up that hobby now, for 3 reasons.  First, because he’s having a child.  Second, because The Lucasfilm Story Group does not appear to be concerned with chronology or continuity.  Third, because of the toxicity of the fanbase, and he does make a point of stating that those attacking critical fans are a huge part of the toxicity.  In the following video which he posted back in April 2018, he excoriates The Lucasfilm Story Group:

 

The New Republic Historical Office on Facebook had this to say about Nathan’s video:

Nathan Butler, author of Star Wars Timeline Gold, has been keeping track of the in-universe chronology of Star Wars since 1997, has announced an end to his longtime project, and explains why.

I had my differences with Mr. Butler after his enthusiastic support for the Disney reboot, to the point of he onced denounced Star Wars EU fans who chose the EU over the Disney reboot as “intellectually dishonest” and disrespecting Star Wars by not following Disney’s control over Star Wars.

. . .but he gives some very interesting reasons for ending his two-decade project of ending his vast in-universe chronology of Star Wars that I think should be shared.

Well, his first reason is completely understandable. . .that he’s becoming a father. As a father, I can certainly understand how a family can eat up time. I certainly don’t have as much time to spend on Star Wars than I did before I was a father.

Mr. Butler states that he has “extreme frustration” with how Disney/LFL has handled Star Wars, in that it’s virtually impossible to create a timeline of the reboot “canon”. He notes how most of the novels and comics are completely side-stories that don’t really show any major events in the timeline because all the key events are only ever told in TV shows and movies to the reboot, so most novels and comics are purely “filler” that don’t establish anything new or set up anything for future works. As he notes, the books are basically promotional items to hype up an upcoming movie. He notes how the new books and comics fit poorly into a unified canon, that technically they are all “the same level of canon”, yet they don’t seem to be part of a greater universe. Mr. Butler goes to great lengths complaining about the various mounting continuity problems and contradictions that keep appearing in the reboot works.

Many of the new reboot novels don’t even bother to give enough references to define when the novels even take place, as Mr. Butler notes, it’s very hard to even tell what year the events happen in, and how many novels don’t even have any well-defined year they take place in. He notes how the official reason for this lack of well-defined chronology is that Disney/LFL doesn’t want to pin down a lot of details they may want to change later. . .so by leaving what year various events and stories take place in they can more easily retcon in other stories or cram more stories into a time period. . .it’s a nightmare for someone who tries to interpret Star Wars as a coherent fictional universe with a well-defined history (like myself).

He notes how it seemed, was implied that the Story Group had a “grand plan”, that the new Story Group and rebooted “canon” would be a planned long-term story. . .but it’s now clear there is no plan, they just work film-to-film and make whatever they want. “There is no way in hell there is a road-map for this saga at this point” is how he describes it. He notes that there is apparently no continuity review of the new comics and novels to ensure that events in it (like the wedding of main characters from the new movies like Poe Dameron) aren’t told multiple times with different versions in different works. . .and we were told when Star Wars rebooted that one reason for the new “Story Group” was explicitly to prevent things like this from happening again.

Mr. Butler concludes that he, as a fan working on an unpaid project, was putting substantially more effort into keeping track of a timeline and continuity than Lucasfilm was.

He notes how the new Marvel comics are extremely vague about when they take place, like the new Han Solo comics taking place “Between A New Hope and Empire”. . .so at some vague point within a roughly 3 year timespan.

. . .and he complains about “Toxic fandom”, which is to say how heated and antagonistic Star Wars fandom has become over the last few years, basically since the big reboot of 2014. That’s a post for another day. . .but yes, Star Wars fandom has become very toxic. I’ve been threatened, harassed, and cyberbullied for being a pro-EU/”Legends” supporter, and I’ve had friends in the EU movement who’ve had a lot more threats and cyberstalking directed towards them. That hostility began on the very day of the reboot, when people who didn’t like that Star Wars was rebooted were threatened, shouted at, and denounced for not getting on board with the reboot. . .and angry EU/”Legends” fans who were incensed at what had happened were out on the internet and looking for an outlet for their anger at what they saw as a betrayal not just by Disney/LFL but by other fans as well.

I found it fascinating that a longtime defender of the Disney reboot is now seeing the problems with it that we’ve been saying all along.

On the outside chance that Mr. Butler reads this blog post, I’d like to offer some answers to his second reason, which I’ve already touched base on in a previous blog post.  But it’s worth repeating some of that here.

The Lucasfilm Story Group was never concerned with continuity, chronology, or canon.  Not ever.  And we don’t have to make speculations based on the quality or lack thereof in the material.  We have articles and statements that openly state this outright.  Let’s start with this article from Polygon:

There is ‘no truth’ in the Star Wars universe, according to Story Group

Everything can be changed if they so wish

The disadvantage to this, however, is that there is “no truth” in the Star Wars universe because of how easy it is to change information, according to Lucasfilm’s Leeland Chee. Chee is one of three core members that belong to Lucasfilm’s story group, a select number of writers in charge of maintaining Star Wars’ continuity in every movie, game, book or other piece of media that relates to the Star Wars universe.

While appearing on The Star Wars Show at Star Wars Celebration, Chee said that it’s difficult to establish a canonical truth in the Star Wars universe because of how often things change.

“There’s no such thing as truth,” Chee said. “Things that we assumed as truth, like 4-LOM is a bounty hunter that’s not a robot all of sudden changes.

“Anything is malleable.”

Matt Martin, another member of the story group, said that it makes writing a little more difficult when things in the Star Wars universe change as often as they do. That’s not even taking into account how important intricate details are. Information that they thought they knew turns out to be different, leading to a heap of research for any new development.

“Even when I’m dead sure of something, I still look it up like three times before I ever answer anything,” Martin said.

Now let’s review the thoughts on canon from fired Star Wars author Chuck Wendig, which he tweeted out while still employed at Marvel.

So for the moment let’s put aside the fact that apparently Chuck believes that actual history can be retconned.

What he’s essentially saying here, is that he doesn’t want to even have to think about canon or continuity because it oppresses his freedom as a creator.  He then goes on to say that it can’t be done anyway, without regard to the fact that it’s been done many times before.  But Chuck is truly one of the dumbest human beings ever to walk the face of the planet.  Because what he’s really admitting to here, is that he’s far too lazy to bother with having to research a timeline or have any understanding of the mythology.  It’s too much extra work, and you can bet that other Star Wars authors may feel the same way.

We can look to the statements of other authors like Claudia Grey, John Jackson Miller, Ben Acker and Ben Blacker, and even screenwriter Rian Johnson, who all seem to say that they were given an immense amount of freedom to tell whatever stories their hearts desired.  We’re also told that “truth” is malleable, that in one book 4-LOM might be a bounty hunter, but maybe not in the next.  Critics were previously happy to complain about the “five-tiered approach to canon” as a way to excuse firebombing the Expanded Universe.  But they’ve essentially traded the supposedly problematic “five-tiered approach to canon” for a hundred tiered approach, where each author gets to create their own special little canon within that “malleable truth.”

As such, Nathan was doomed to be frustrated with his timeline project under Disney, and probably has sadly made the right decision.  But Nathan may be exactly the sort of older fan that Pablo Hidalgo and his comrades may want to push out of fandom anyway.

I do have to wonder though, if Nathan feels this way, then how many other Star Wars writers also feel the same way but are too afraid to say anything?