Of all the childhood predilections men carry into adulthood, those attached to Han Solo and Luke Skywalker have always proved particularly unrelenting. A love of Star Wars, a franchise now worth an estimated $68 billion, has been crossing generations for more than four decades, just as the space opera’s protagonists cross galaxies in the blink of an eye.
It’s for this reason that Kross Studio is so confident it will find buyers for the ten examples of its $150,000 Star Wars x Kross Studio Ultimate Collector Set. The set is made up of a replica kyber crystal container, movie prop kyber crystals used on the set of Rogue One and a one-off watch design with the gloriously ominous name of “Death Star Tourbillon”.
While merchandise that Lucasfilm offers in a kid’s price range is full of carcinogens according to Gear Patrol:
Online pharmacy Valisure, which performs product testing, has found that a number of hand sanitizers may contain a cancer-causing carcinogen called benzene, as reported by Bloomberg.
As it turns out, though, that security might have come at a cost. Of the 260 bottles of hand sanitizers from 168 brands that Valisure tested, 17 percent contained detectable traces of benzene. (Eight percent of the bottles tested had small enough traces of benzene that the Food and Drug Administration deemed it tolerable.)
Benzene exposure is linked to an increased risk of developing leukemia and other blood disorders, according to the National Cancer Institute. Cigarette smoke is a common way people are exposed to the chemical.
A full list of the offending hand sanitizers can be found in the petition that Valisure sent to the FDA to get the agency to investigate. Some of the brands include artnaturals, True Wash, Born Basic and Star Wars The Mandalorian, so you might want to toss that Baby Yoda bottle.
Manufactured by Best Brands Consumer Products, the Star Wars Mandalorian hand sanitizers were shown to have high amounts of benzene.
I retired from my efforts on this blog over a month ago when Lucasfilm fired Gina Carano. Quite honestly, if people can’t see that Lucasfilm is not a company that anyone should patron after that, then there isn’t anything that I could write or point out to convince them otherwise. So it seemed like a good book end to close this blog and move on to other things. 3 years of this was enough for me.
But now I’ve been pulled out of retirement to address current matters.
By now we’ve all seen the libelous article published by Rewriting Ripley, which falsely accuses myself and many YouTubers of being racist, misogynist, alt-right white supremacists. Mainly because we didn’t like The Last Jedi.
It really was only a matter of time before someone did a hit piece on this blog and attempted to falsely smear me as a “white supremacist” even though I can’t stand genuine racists, and have stated multiple timeson this blog howscience tells us that thereisn’t any such thing asseparate human races. That’s hardly a rallying cry for white supremacy. Racism and bigotry is always wrong, no matter who it comes from, or who its aimed at. But, people who criticize Disney Star Wars are routinely and falsely demonized by organized activists in the media and by those within Lucasfilm itself as racists, misogynists, and worse. They make claims of “harassment” when people respond to their public tweets, while simultaneously calling their own organized responses to others and mass flagging operations as “activism.”
They point to this tweet I made as some sort of evidence of their claims:
It should also be noted, that I made that tweet when I first heard of the protests at the capital, and didn’t know that it would escalate the way that it did. I thought it would be another incident where protesters would eventually get their ass handed to them by police and security, because we’ve seen that happen before.
Additionally, Proud Boys have nothing to do with white supremacy. If you read their tenets, they clearly state “anti-racism,” and the organization itself is multi-racial. It’s a fraternal organization. The main tenet I disagree with is closed borders, because I support immigration. Again, not very white supremacist of me.
They claim that my Geeker Gate article is about keeping diversity out of fandom, but it really has nothing to do with diversity or the lack of it at all. It’s about keeping a medieval mob mentality at bay, and most of those who subscribe to it are white themselves.
So the claims in the article are pure hogwash.
But none of this is about the matters on the surface. This is about the need for control over the lives of others. It’s ironic that those who give all of the lip service about evil “fascists” unknowingly engage in quintessentially fascist behavior themselves. Because that’s what fascism is; the need for control over others, especially their speech. They don’t have control of the conversation, and they’re angry about it.
Even through all of this, I didn’t have much of a problem with Rewriting Ripley’s article because it stuck to the issues. I’m fine with people expressing perspectives that oppose my own. So when I posted this, I meant it:
I believe in punching back in some cases, but they did not publish anyone’s private information, so there was no need to do this to them. I even attempted to show that my statement was in good faith by deleting my blog as @RewritingRipley requested. But none of them accepted the gesture so I brought it back.
Although now, some are speculating that the women of Rewriting Ripley deliberately put their names in their podcast, and in their article which they later deleted, to give their opposition enough clues to dox them. And there are curious direct relationships with Lucasfilm, some of which haven’t yet been published. They’ve also been caught using sock puppets to send themselves threats. Clearly they’re willing to lie and fabricate anything to smear their perceived political opposition. If any of this lands in court I suppose we’ll find out the whole truth then.
I was more than happy to retire from my efforts here and walk away from this blog over a month ago. But depending on how things pan out in the future, I may be compelled to post some more.
That’s the claim from i09 which recently published the following:
Gina Carano, who plays Cara Dune on The Mandalorian, will no longer be on the show.
In a statement obtained by io9, a Lucasfilm spokesperson said the following: “Gina Carano is not currently employed by Lucasfilm and there are no plans for her to be in the future. Nevertheless, her social media posts denigrating people based on their cultural and religious identities are abhorrent and unacceptable.”
Germain Lussier of i09 makes no mention as to who the Lucasfilm spokesperson is.
Below is an example of a social media post which the i09 article refers to.
Oh wait, no, that’s an abhorrent social media post from Pedro Pascal, who is apparently still employed as far as we know.
Recently I’ve been under siege by SJW activists who are desperate to silence me. Since they were unable to take down my WordPress blog, they’re now busy trying to take down my Twitter account.
Here’s the notification I received from Twitter:
As you can see, my tweets are harsh and curt. But I did not engage in targeted harassment, or incite others to do so, or wish or hope that anyone experiences physical harm. But Twitter’s rules are designed to be deliberately vague so that political enemies can be punished while giving political allies a pass for the same actions. So all I had to do was delete these tweets to gain access to my account.
But what I’m finding interesting in the several SJW Twitter threads that complain about my blog or organize to silence me, is that Pablo Hidalgo keeps popping up in them.
Now as we know, Pablo mostly abandoned his @PabloHidalgo account and now operates behind his @aqm_production account instead. And that handle keeps turning up like a bad penny, making one wonder, why would a big time executive like Pablo be spending his time worrying about some backwater blog?
But the most disappointing interaction was in the following thread with FeministNerd:
Our old friend FeministNerd then went on to say other things about this blog:
Now, why is FeministNerd‘s comments in her interaction with Pablo Hidalgo so disappointing? Because FeministNerd earned my respect, after becoming one of my best informants. That’s right. FeministNerd and I have had several lengthy conversations regarding certain matters, various and sundry.
I’ve only posted 5 censored screencaps here out of about 30, and I’ve redacted content to protect the details of the conversation, but you get the picture. I will however post a tiny portion where FeministNerd gave me permission to use her tweets, which kind of eviscerates the harassment blog claims.
So what Pablo and his merry band of miscreants ought to be asking themselves now, is that if someone as prominent in the “community” as FeministNerd collaborated with me, who else among them has collaborated with me as well? They might be surprised…
Recently I wrote about a story coming from Portuguese media about Adam Driver physically attacking a woman during the production of a movie. But a new translation of the Portuguese article via Perez Hilton shows something different:
“Our characters, in the movie The Man Who Killed Don Quixote, had to be physically close. I considered the actor’s behavior to be rude because, in the preparation of a scene, he didn’t take the care I believe he should have taken. Our characters had to be physically close and, every time he stood up with the force of the character to do the rest of the scene, the chair in which he was sitting would bump into me with some force, which bothered me.”
And in fact the actress Lidia Franco has now apologized according to aceshowbiz.
Actress Lidia Franco has apologized for suggesting Adam Driver behaved badly towards her on the set of “The Man Who Killed Don Quixote”.
In a podcast interview, her words were translated and suggested she was calling out the “Star Wars” actor for attacking her with a chair.
She reportedly said, “He is a very bad person. He behaved very badly with me, physically. He attacked me.”
Franco also suggested Driver demanded no one look at him on set while he was working on the Terry Gilliam film, but in a new NiT chat, she has dialled back her comments, insisting she “had no intention to bring any harm” to Adam’s reputation, according to blogger Perez Hilton.
“Our characters, in the movie ‘The Man Who Killed Don Quixote’, had to be physically close,” she said. “I considered the actor’s behavior to be rude because, in the preparation of a scene, he didn’t take the care I believe he should have taken.”
It appears that Adam Driver is exonerated. But will any of this matter to the SJW mob?
Yet we’re still seeing articles being written such as the following blog post which was published just today at All Things Ahsoka:
Let’s Talk About Rosario Dawson and Trans Rights…
As a cisgender fan of certain privilege, I don’t think it’s my place to lecture people on the need to separate art from the artist but I do feel that it’s my responsibility to help fellow cisgender fans understand why our transgender and nonbinary peers haven’t been able to feel excited about seeing their beloved heroine make the leap from animation to live action and why they feel that they are being pushed out of the fan community. After all, what’s the point of having an online platform if you don’t use it for good?
As you may already know, a limited Disney+ TV series was announced in December and Rosario Dawson will be reprising her role as the live-action Ahsoka Tano. This has understandably upset many long-time Ahsoka fans who were expecting an animated follow-up to Star Wars Rebels. But it has been doubly distressing to the character’s transgender fanbase who were hoping that Rosario’s stint as Ahsoka would be a one-time gig. Hearing that Ahsoka’s story would continue in live action and not animation was a massive blow to fans of the animated series and some fans, quite understandably, don’t want to support a series led by someone who may or may not be guilty of being involved in a transphobic attack. As I mentioned earlier, a not-guilty verdict does not always equal innocence, especially in a legal system that favours the rich and powerful. Giving someone the benefit of the doubt is always easier when you’re not part of a marginalised community.
So even though most of the accusations against Rosario were withdrawn with the remaining two accusations pertaining to someone else, the SJW collective has decided to continue their attacks on Rosario Dawson anyways. So neither facts nor a court of law matter to these “activists.” Where are all of the brave and bold virtue signalers to defend this woman of color when you need them?
In the same way, we can ask if the new translation and apology from Lidia Franco will matter to SJWs in the case of Adam Driver. Or will the SJW mob decide to attack Adam Driver with #BelieveWomen hashtags in the same way that they’re still attacking Rosario Dawson with accusations of transphobia? Only time will tell.
But one thing is for certain, SJWs are more concerned with how virtue signaling makes them feel inside, than they are with the facts of external reality.
Recently there was a bit of a hoopla over an article from CBR about the Jedi and how they regard sexual relationships.
While discussing the Jedi and the Force with Vessel co-pilot Affie Hollow, Reath Silas — the Padawan of Jora Malli — explains how the Jedi “give up individual attachments in order to focus entirely on greater concerns.” “So… that means no sex,” Affie replies. From there, Reath muses whether he should go into his master’s explanation about the difference between “celibacy of the body and true purity of the heart” but opts not to. The discussion continues later on in the chapter, this time with Vessel pilot Loex Gyasi being involved, as the characters go back and forth about the difference between love and sex.
However, Reath surprises by considering introducing the views of his teacher, Master Jora, on the subject of sex. According to Reath’s internal monologue, Master Jora had a distinct view of “the difference between celibacy of the body and true purity of the heart.” He jokes to himself that Master Jora’s speech on the subject is too long, and instead to concede that Jedi are basically celibate monks.
The suggestion here is that Jedi are prohibited to participate in marriage because that represents an attachment, but can engage in casual sex all they like. Mr H. Reviews comments on the matter:
Mr. H makes reasonable comments in that casual sex is something that just about every adult has engaged in. But he asks if this is really the message that ought to be sent to children; to swear off long term relationships and become a sexual petri dish instead. Because remember, SJWs have long argued that Star Wars “is for kids.” So what is the purpose of pushing these ideas to children? Mr H. wonders whether or not this is really about attacking Western values, and certainly there is a large aspect of that, which you can read about in my posts on the history of the Culture War here, here, and here.
But as High Republic author Cavan Scott points out, George Lucas had made similar remarks back in 2002 which was reported in a BBC article.
What’s interesting about the George Lucas comment from the BBC however, is that there is no context for the quote. We don’t get to read what George may have said before or after that comment, or what the interviewer asked him.
Nevertheless, the question remains as to whether or not this is a good message to send to children. After all, casual sex is an activity with risks not the least of which is a variety of social diseases. Will the High Republic address Space Herpes?
But George had a better way of handling the topic of the birds and the bees than with crass on-the-nose dialogue. Because what George said in 2002, is essentially echoed in the dialogue of Attack of the Clones:
Padme: Are you allowed to love? I thought that was forbidden for a Jedi.
Anakin: Attachment is forbidden. Possession is forbidden. Compassion, which I would define as unconditional love, is central to a Jedi’s life. So, you might say, we are encouraged to love.
Note how George never uses the word “sex” in his dialogue. And that’s the real crux of the matter for me here. Artists like George Lucas were able to tackle adult topics in a way where adults fully understood it. But at the same time, it would fly over the heads of small children who didn’t need to know anything about it. And those who were on the cusp of adulthood would either understand it or not depending on where they were in their maturity levels.
But this kind of nuance is not present in modern writers. Contrast George Lucas’ dialogue, with the following passages from Into The Dark by Claudia Gray:
It reads like a crass on-the-nose Twitter dialogue with a teenager, which I suppose is who this may be aimed at.
So the conclusion we can probably come to here, is that the Star Wars novels have essentially become young adult romance novels that are preoccupied with base sexual content, rather than focusing on a sweeping epic about wars in the stars.
Alden, you’re angry. And I can see that. And in some ways you have every right to be. Everyone in your generation does. But you’re directing your anger at the wrong person.
Your generation has been used, abused, lied to, and taken advantage of by your educators and politicians. Life is very frustrating for you and those like you, because everything around you that doesn’t quite meet your satisfaction infuriates you. This was bred into you by design.
The fact of the matter is, that the only thing I’ve done is respond to, comment on, and report on publicly made comments from people broadcasting their thoughts on Twitter and elsewhere. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with that, and there never has been. And I’ve done so regarding personalities of all races, genders, and sexual persuasions because I just don’t care about any of that as much as SJWs would like me to.
And that’s how we know that none of this is about “harassing” women or the LGBTQ+ community. This is about SJWs manufacturing a justification to organize an actual attack against me because of their failure to counter my points, or silence my blog. Because responding to, commenting on, and reporting on publicly made comments is not a form of harassment. You don’t understand the definition of the word “harassment,” which all comes back to the educators who have failed you, which is who you should actually be angry at.
Because instead of teaching you genuinely educational material, they’ve wasted your time and efforts with worthless hand wringing over race and gender to the point that it occupies your mind 24/7. They’ve made you highly sensitive to the most innocuous minutiae by confining your intellect in safe spaces and with trigger warnings. They’ve made you incapable of handling contrary or controversial opinions without having a melt down. They’ve used you to gratify their own political jollies as they sent you on “activist” escapades and protests rather than assign homework that would teach you valuable and useful skills.
What this demonstrates is that SJWs are devoid of all intellect, and are in fact a dumb wild savages. Otherwise, they’d be able to use argumentation to counter my points, and they’re painfully aware that they’re incapable of doing so.
But apparently commentary, debate, and argumentation with women is not allowed in Mark’s pea brained SJW bizarro world. So much for “equality.” Perhaps Mark ought to listen to one of the women that he’s virtue signaling for:
But if any sort of doxxing and/or physical violence does come about, then we’ll all have a pretty good idea from whom it came. Metaphorically.
A second podcaster from the Clashing Sabers network, who may or may not be @djmmarquis, makes a similar threat:
Meathead doubles down.
The “individual” from Clashing Sabers backtracks:
Mark, communication is possible without physically meeting. The only reason that meeting in person is necessary for you, is that you’re incapable of articulating your thoughts intellectually, so you have to resort physical intimidation tactics in order to get your infantile way.