I enjoyed David Filoni’s Clone Wars animated series immensely, and actually rewatch it from time to time. The artwork is stunning and unparalleled.
I tried Rebels, but after the first few episodes, I just couldn’t get into it. It was mainly because the Sabine character was just far too silly to me. So I dropped out.
But since then, I’ve read a number of people who have generally good things to say about the series. And since I’ve enjoyed David Filoni’s previous work on the Clone Wars, I thought I’d give REBELS a shot, and buy it on DVD. I was about to change my mind on REBELS.
But that thought was cured instantly after I read the massively ignorant tweets of REBELS voice star, Freddie Prinze Jr.
It all started with Freddie Prinze Jr. tweeting a comment about how Pablo Hidalgo needs a raise, because someone complained to him that Alden Ehrenreich doesn’t look or sound anything like Harrison Ford:
Am I missing something here? Was Pablo Hildago the casting director for Solo? Why would he deserve a raise for this? For being forced to consider the criticism?
But that’s not the comedy gold that changed my decision as to whether or not to purchase REBELS. The conversation continued in that thread on Twitter, and then Freddie dropped this bomb:
Beyond the fashionably bigoted remark about white people that is all the rage among today’s SJW ignorati, what the hell is Freddie Prinze Jr. talking about?
Admittedly, I’m an out-of-shape average middle aged man myself, but I’ve never fantasized about Han giving me the Falcon. Not once. When I’ve thought about what a genuine Sequel Trilogy might look like, Han and the Falcon don’t show up at all. In my mind, it would have been a new trilogy that wouldn’t try to ride on the coat tails of the Original Trilogy. It would have all brand new ideas, and maybe include Luke Skywalker as an Obi-Wan type supporting character. I never thought of Han giving the Falcon to….anyone. 30 years later, I figured the Falcon would be sitting in an intergalactic boneyard, having been towed away by a Corellian AAA long ago.
Has anyone fantasized about Han giving them the Falcon? Anyone?
But beyond that, the fact that Freddie Prinze Jr. tells others to take joy in someone else’s pain and grief (whether real or imagined) tells you just about all you need to know about the SJW mentality at today’s Lucasfilm.
The conversation continued on Twitter, and a fan made the following perfectly rational comment in response:
To which Freddie Prinze Jr. stupidly replied:
Imagine pulling up at at a Burger King drive thru. You order a Whopper, done your way, right away. You pull up to the window, and the teenager hands you a chicken sandwich instead. You complain, but the teenager shrugs his shoulders and tells you, “Burger King has a business plan and it’s working, so your opinion doesn’t matter.” And then imagine that the teenager then proceeds to insult you with some adolescent body shaming and ageist slurs. How likely would you be to frequent that business in the future, or recommend that others frequent that business? Probably not very likely.
Only now, you’re getting this adolescent rant from a graying has-been tween beefcake, who really ought to know better at his age.
It probably doesn’t occur to Freddie’s microscopic pea-brain, that the resorts he speaks of are largely sold out to the very average out-of-shape guys that he insults. Average out-of-shape guys who bring their whole family. And some of those average out-of-shape guys are even as lily white as Freddie himself appears to be. Freddie might think that Lucasfilm is appealing to a new generation of kids. But kids of any generation, don’t generally buy their own toys, or make their own reservations at resorts. Kids generally tend to rely on their average out-of-shape parents to do that for them. Of course, the average out-of-shape parents have to be willing.
The box office for The Last Jedi, and the waning toy and merchandise sales demonstrate that normal people are not frequenting the Star Wars franchise as often as they used to. Lucasfilm can have the perfect business plan all they like, but it doesn’t amount to a hill of beans if people start walking away from their franchise. And it appears that people are.
When I said that writing Lucasfilm and Hasbro wouldn’t work, I honestly wasn’t trying to be contrary or difficult. This is the mentality that you’re fighting. You’re writing to people who don’t care about your opinions. So the only thing that might work, is to simply walk away from the franchise altogether and deprive Disney of revenue, and then sit back and watch what that does to their business model.
The only thing that stalker Freddie is slaying here is his own fading D-List celebrity.
Maybe Freddie needs to watch the following video:
SC Reviews found some additional humdingers from Freddie:
This gentleman has some great insight on this matter:
Geeks + Gamers adds their own commentary:
Another Response to Freddie from Abu Nas:
World Class Bullshitters has their own say: