20 Points That Slumming Through SJW “Think” Pieces Teaches Us

So I’ve been pouring over SJW “think” pieces for several months now.  Given that SJWs mostly all think alike, there are some common themes that run through their articles.  So there’s something of genuine value to learn here, with regards to increasing the effectiveness of our arguments.

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1. THEY LOVE CITING THE LAST JEDI’S 1.3 BILLION DOLLAR EARNINGS, BUT WON’T ACKNOWLEDGE FINANCIAL FAILINGS

I’ve written here about the waning box office for The Last Jedi immediately after the opening weekend.  I’ve pointed out that in China, where people have no nostalgic attachment to the franchise, it was perceived as garbage.  The waning toy and merchandise sales point to further problems.  Not one SJW is able to acknowledge any of this.  They’re somehow under the impression that Star Wars is too big to fail, that it will always be around no matter what, and that it will always make money.  This may be that many of them aren’t old enough to remember a time without Star Wars, so they can’t imagine life without it.  They haven’t seen the Flash Gordon and Buck Rogers franchises come and go.  They haven’t witness the slow fading of the Star Trek franchise from its height in the mid 1990s.  So they think that Star Wars is forever, when in fact, nothing is.

2. THEY DON’T UNDERSTAND THE DISTINCTION BETWEEN FEMINIST IDEOLOGY AND THE FEMALE GENDER

When someone criticizes Disney Star Wars for its heavy handed feminist messaging, the SJW will use that as an opportunity to call the critic a sexist and/or misogynist.  But remember, in 2018 feminism and the female gender are no longer inextricably linked.  Thanks to SJW activistsmen now routinely and proudly proclaim themselves to be feminists.  So feminist ideology and the female gender are two different things in the modern era.  Criticism of feminism, does not automatically translate into de facto criticism of the women in the 21st Century.

3. THEY’RE UNDER THE IMPRESSION THAT THERE WERE NO FEMALE OR MINORITY CHARACTERS BEFORE THE SEQUEL TRILOGY

Time and time again they talk about diversity in the Sequel Trilogy as though it’s a brand new thing in Star Wars.  When discussing diversity in Star Wars, they almost never mention Samuel L. Jackson, or Temuera Morrison.  They rarely mention Billy Dee Williams.  This is why they stupidly call critics racists, sexists, and/or misogynists; they don’t think females or minorities have ever been in the films before 2015.  Some of the brighter ones will argue that they’re talking about a primary character.  But that betrays the fact that they haven’t really watched the films, because the films were always ensemble pieces without a singular primary character.

4. THEY TRY TO DISMISS THE BACKLASH AS A “TINY VOCAL MINORITY”

Early on, few if any of them refused to acknowledge that the backlash even existed.  But as the backlash grew louder, and they were forced to acknowledge it, they then attempted to dismiss it as a “tiny vocal minority.”  The truth is more likely that it is they, who are in the minority.  And that’s why just as of this week they’ve taken to openly attacking and admonishing backlashers.  They’e gone so far as to mischaracterize Backlashers as racists and misogynists, despite the fact that the Backlash itself is diverse.

5. THEY’RE UNDER THE DELUSION THAT DISNEY SAVED STAR WARS

Many of them seem to feel that the Star Wars franchise was going nowhere until Disney purchased it.  They feel this despite a highly successful Clone Wars television series on the air, and the Sequel Trilogy already being developed by Lucasfilm prior to the Disney purchase.

6. THEY ACCUSE BACKLASHERS OF FEELING ENTITLED

This after they screamed to the high heavens with their own entitlement for equal representation and gender equality when Disney bought the franchise.  This despite the fact that a war time setting doesn’t really warrant perfect gender equality, since it’s primarily men who fight wars.

7. SJWs AREN’T JUST IN THE FANDOM, THEY’RE ALSO WITHIN LUCASFILM

It’s a sad fact that Lucasfilm currently employs political activists rather than artists.  We’ve seen this truth not only in the new material they’re producing under Disney, but also in the public comments from Lucasfilm representatives as well.

8. THEY WILL LIKE ANYTHING THAT PUSHES A POLITICAL AGENDA THEY AGREE WITH, WITHOUT REGARD TO ACTUAL FILM CRAFT

This goes both for SJW fans and professional critics.

9. THEY WEIRDLY ASSUME THAT THEY HAVE SOME KIND OF AUTHORITY

A number of articles have called for a “ceasefire” from the BacklashWhen so doing, they start taking this authoritative tone, instructing Backlashers what is or is not acceptable forms of criticism.  As amusing as it is, it’s important to remind them of the reality that they have no authority over anything.

10. THEY CAN’T COPE WITH CONFLICTING ROTTEN TOMATOES SCORES

They’ll attribute The Last Jedi audience score to Russian bots and racist/misogynist hackers, but can’t explain why Black Panther’s score and public reception wasn’t also affected by the same phantoms.  They’re unable to comprehend, that one was a bad movie, and that they other was good.  Occam’s Razer and all of that.

11.  THEY HAVE A SERIOUS MISUNDERSTANDING OF BASIC POLITICS

Both the SJW fans and the SJWs within Lucasfilm, think they’re “Resisting” President Trump. What’s Trump’s agenda?  The GOP/Republican agenda.  What’s the GOP/Republican agenda?  Smaller limited government.  So they’re resisting smaller limited government, which they apparently think is authoritarian fascism.  But let’s translate this into Star Wars to demonstrate how nonsensical this all is, and ask some simple questions:

So the First Order is a fascist government complete with stormtroopers. Would a fascist government support small limited government? How does one impose a fascist state with small limited government? Don’t you need big government in order to impose a fascist state?  How can you be authoritarian without a big government to back up your authority?  Who is it that supports big government?

So they’re political understanding is absolutely upside down.

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12. ANTI-GUN AND ANTI-WAR SJWs HAVE BARNACLED THEMSELVES TO A FRANCHISE ABOUT…WAR

Far too often fans forget that the word “wars” appears in the title of the franchise.  Most of these SJW fans seem to think that the franchise is about cute cosplay outfits.

13. FEMINISTS SEEM TO THINK THAT LEIA PRANCED AROUND THROUGH THE ENTIRE OT IN NOTHING BUT THE GOLD BIKINI

Feminist writer after feminist writer type out silly sentences such as this:

But in the context of a franchise that has been known to use women’s bodies as an enticement for viewers it’s also a clear sign that the creators know that straight white men aren’t the only audience they’re catering to anymore.”

Not one of them seems to understand the proper context or intention of the gold bikini, which was not male audience gratification.  I’ve explained the context of Leia’s gold bikini here.

14. THEY WANT YOU TO GO FIND SOMETHING ELSE RATHER THAN VOICE PROTEST

SJWs happen to like getting indoctrinated with politics that they already agree with.  It gives them a sense of affirmation.  But with no fundamental understanding of basic economics, they don’t understand that paying customers walking away means that their political propaganda will no longer be funded.  So they tell you to go “find something else that brings you joy” or some such nonsense.  A few of them however do understand this, which is why those few attempt to shame critics into silence so they can continue to have their political propaganda funded.

15. THEY DON’T UNDERSTAND THE DISTINCTION BETWEEN POLITICAL PROPAGANDA AND GENUINE ART

Lucasfilm is currently staffed with political activists rather than genuine artists.  This is self evident to any educated thinking person.  The SJW though, sees what Lucasfilm is currently producing as art, not having any real experience or education into what political propaganda looks like.  This is why the silly Bechdel Test will determine for them whether or not they like a movie.

16. FEMINISTS THINK MEN ACT A CERTAIN WAY

When feminists attempt to be “gender equal,” many of them will put on their best performance as to what they think men act like.  We see this expressed in the character of Holdo, and to some extent, Rey.  They seem to think that men in the military go around slapping each other in the face and holding back cocky pilots all day long.  But, men don’t really act this way by and large, unless it’s really necessary.  It is truly bizarre though, that out of one side of their mouths they’ll prattle on endlessly about “toxic masculinity,” but then out of the other side of their mouth they’ll whine that they want equal representation in a war movie.  I’m not sure how they reconcile that.

17. THEY FREQUENTLY ARGUE AGAINST POINTS THAT NO ONE MAKES

Part of this is that they have some pre-rehearsed rhetoric that they’re dying to spew.  Part of it is that they want to deflect the conversation into some other area where they’re better prepared.  Part of it is that they seek to mischaracterize what you actually have said or written, into what they want people to think that you’ve said or written.  In either of these cases, it’s always equally bizarre.

18. THEY HAVE AN OBSESSED HATRED FOR STRAIGHT WHITE MALES

Nearly all of their articles cite the straight white male in some form, along with an accompanying pejorative.  That form of bigotry seems to be not just acceptable, but also highly fashionable among today’s SJW ignorati given how commonplace it is in their work.  Make no mistake, the SJWs within Lucasfilm have the same problem.

19. FEW OF THEM HAVE READ OR WATCHED ANY STAR WARS MATERIAL PRIOR TO THE SEQUEL TRILOGY

They’ll often prove this by attempting to compare Rey to Luke, and claiming that if Rey is a Mary Sue, then Luke is one too.  It’s more of that equality nonsense that they try to force onto every aspect of life.  As I explain in my review of The Force Awakens, this comparison is ridiculous, if you’ve actually watched the films.  Clearly, many have not, and are basing their opinions on brief clips, what they’ve seen at conventions, or what they’ve heard other people say or read other people write, etc.

20. SJWs will never be happy or satisfiedNot ever.

And there you have it.  These 20 points pretty much describe the main talking points in any Star Wars related SJW written article that you’ll read at any point in the future.

Freddie Prinze Jr. Convinced Me Not To Buy Rebels On DVD

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.

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Business Guru Freddie thinks that people will buy his ship no matter what.

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:

 

UPDATE:

SC Reviews found some additional humdingers from Freddie:

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This gentleman has some great insight on this matter:

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Geeks + Gamers adds their own commentary:

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Another Response to Freddie from Abu Nas:

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World Class Bullshitters has their own say:

SJW Rant All Bluster And No Substance

John DiLillo writes an irrational and uneducated rant entitled, In My Tisch Opinion: ‘The Last Jedi’ Isn’t a Mess, It’s a Masterpiece.

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Another masterpiece for John to admire.

In it he writes:

Here are 10 different ways we were blessed by Rian Johnson.

Yeah, you’re not easily sucked into the cult of personality or anything.

If you’re on the Internet, you’ve heard people complain about The Last Jedi.

You’ve probably heard people complain about The Last Jedi if you’re not on the internet too.

The backlash has been inescapably obtuse, with people nitpicking just about every angle of the production and screeching “Star Wars is ruined!”

What backlash?  Lucasfilm reps and your contemporaries keep telling everyone that the backlash doesn’t exist.

…from the depths of their parents’ basements.

Which is exactly where you’ll be heading immediately after graduation.

And that’s too bad, because The Last Jedi is a legitimate masterpiece and the first movie to truly deserve the Star Wars mantle since the original trilogy.

I’m willing to entertain your arguments.

The majority of knocks against it come from a place of bad faith or from people who just plain didn’t pay attention.

We shall see.

In honor of its home video release, we decided to break down all of the dumbest and most unreasonable complaints about the best Star Wars movie since The Empire Strikes Back.

Let’s do this thing.

Feel free to @ us, because it means we’ve won.

According to whom?

1. “This movie is for kids!”

Worst thing about modern fandom is the delusion that things you liked as a child should stop appealing to kids now that you’re no longer one

Um. Yeah. Star Wars is for kids. Remember how the original Star Wars has a garbage can robot who makes a sad noise and falls over? Remember how you loved that when you were a kid? Well, now you’re just going to have to suck it up and try to appreciate the cute puffin aliens, because Star Wars isn’t going to suddenly become R-rated and abandon jokes just because you turned 40 and went through a crushing divorce.  But I do recommend that you watch Logan’s Run at some point.

This of course is incorrect.  The Original Trilogy was actually an all ages affair.  That’s why those who saw it as a child, continued to watch the Original Trilogy repeatedly throughout adulthood, and continue to do so.  It’s also why parents were willing to take their children to these movies in great measure; there were deeper layers of the onion for the adults too.  In fact, that’s the only real reason that Disney saw the franchise as still viable 40 years after its inception.  And let’s face it, dismembered limbs in bar fights and the smoldering corpses of Uncle Owen and Aunt Beru don’t exactly scream little kids movie.  You should try watching the movie some time, you might like it.

Nobody is expecting Star Wars to become R-Rated, or abandon jokes altogether.  However, jokes that actually work would be nice, as would compelling characters and a coherent plot.  I’m not sure that turning 40 or going through a crushing divorce has anything to do with any of that.  But I do recommend that you watch Logan’s Run.

The Sequel Trilogy might be said to be kid’s movies, since that’s the mentality of the people who are writing them.

2. “Bombs shouldn’t fall in space!”

Guys, this is going to hurt, Star Wars isn’t real. It’s not sci-fi. It’s not reality. It’s pure fantasy. Bombs shouldn’t fall in space? Sure. You know what else shouldn’t happen in space? Loud laser gun sound effects. But fine, as long as we’re doing this: An object in motion will remain in motion, so bombs falling out of a spaceship would continue to fall, and also TIE bombers already existed in the original trilogy, so please continue to talk about how this movie ruined Star Wars “science.”

Even in fantasy worlds such as Star Wars, the author(s) have to abide by rules of the world that they are creating, otherwise it becomes farce.  Surely you’ve had creative writing classes that have gone over this.  Otherwise, why not have Micky Mouse fight alongside Rey and Poe?  They’re all part of the Disney family after all.  Things have to be depicted within reasonable realism in the Star Wars setting, otherwise suspension of disbelief is shattered.  Take Kal-Leia for instance.  You’re far to young to remember this, but at the time the original 1977 Star Wars film was actually considered a gritty take on the old adventure serials from the 30s and 40s.

3. Leia’s space flight

Yes, the visual of Princess Leia soaring through space wreckage and back into her capital ship is a little goofy. It’s also totally fucking badass. It’s the best possible way for the character to escape death and a terrific way of demonstrating her latent Force powers.

The surreal and beautiful image of the late Carrie Fisher finally getting to use the Force in a movie is great. If you don’t think so, you’re wrong, and you’re even more wrong if you’re one of those people who thinks the movie should have used this moment to kill Leia and write in Fisher’s untimely passing. And cut out every other perfect scene Fisher had, including her reunion with Mark Hamill?! Go sit in the corner.

It’s a deeply stupid way to escape death and a moronic way of demonstrating latent Force Powers.  I’ve written about it at length here.

4. Admiral Holdo and Poe

I’m not one to assume the motives of anyone who didn’t like a space movie, but it seems to me that the female aspects of The Last Jedi are pretty over-represented in criticisms of the film. Strange! I’m sure that doesn’t mean anything at all.

The female aspects of The Last Jedi are not over-represented in criticisms of the film, pretty or otherwise.  Rather, what the criticisms represent instead, are criticisms of silly militant feminism in the film.  Remember, feminist ideology and the female gender are two separate things in the 21st Century, thanks to male progressives who now claim to be feminists.  So criticism of feminism does not automatically translate into criticism of women in the modern era, as much as you may want it to.

One of those female aspects is the presence of Holdo, Laura Dern’s purple-haired admiral who assumes control of the Resistance while Leia is recovering from her exposure to space. People really don’t like that the woman in charge doesn’t tell her young, hot-headed subordinate her secret plan.

Do they not like Holdo because she doesn’t inform her subordinates of her plan as a commander should, or do they not like her because her decisions lead all but a dozen or so Resistance fighters directly to their deaths?

In case you haven’t noticed, Poe Dameron is kind of a dick. All that Holdo knows about him is that he’s just been demoted for putting Resistance ships in danger in service of a reckless plan that wasn’t approved by his last female superior. So she keeps something from him, which is her right. 

How is keeping the Resistance’s plans from Poe her right?  Are you sure that you understand what a right actually is?  So what if Poe is a dick?  Since when was being a dick grounds for withholding military intel from the troops who need it in order to coordinate their actions?  Doing so for such a reason is small minded and petty.  And probably feminist.

And then Poe goes off and puts Resistance ships in danger in service of another reckless plan that wasn’t approved by his female superior. So, Holdo is proven correct. Poe is a cocky little shit who would have screwed it up, and then went and screwed it up anyway. The end.

A scenario that would happen only in the imaginations of feminists.

5. Canto Bight

This is one of the few Last Jedi criticisms that I think is understandable. Look, I love the wacky casino planet that Finn and Rose visit midway through The Last Jedi. It’s funny, well-realized and incredibly Star Wars. If you find the setting off-putting and you just don’t vibe with it, that’s cool. What you can’t do is claim that the scene in question is “pointless” because that just isn’t true. Leia and Han’s sojourn on the Millennium Falcon in Empire doesn’t end up impacting the plot, but it changes the characters for good and Canto Bight is the same. What Finn learns on Canto Bight is to care about something bigger than his friends. He learns about systematic injustice in the galaxy and sees the impact of the Resistance beyond the small group he’s familiar with. It all builds to him abandoning his complacency and embracing his identity as a rebel. That matters to the movie, whether or not you liked how it went down. Also come on, BB-8 shoots coins at a guy!

Of course it’s true that the Canto Bight sequence is pointless.  It serves only to facilitate moronic social justice lecturing that has no value whatsoever.  Comparing it with the Han and Leia sojourn in TESB is ridiculous.  The sequence in TESB certainly impacts the plot because torturing Han is what allowed Darth Vader to send out Force vibes to Luke, who then saw his friends in pain in a vision on Dagobah, and then flew to Cloud City to save them.

6. Rose

I’m not going to claim that everyone who hates Kelly Marie Tran’s delightful character is racist or sexist, although I know for a fact that some of them are. I’m going to go a step further and say that they’re also heartless. Rose is the character who comes the closest to being the soul of The Last Jedi. She’s achingly sincere, a bottomless pit of kindness. People don’t like sincerity in their blockbusters; they want quips and snark and Deadpool. 

How is it exactly that you know for a fact that people who hate the moronic Rose Tico character are racist or sexist?  Are you sure that you don’t just call everything racist and sexist?

When someone like Rose shows up, modern audiences squirm and reject her because a line as corny as “That’s how we’ll win: Not fighting what we hate, saving what we love” just has to be bad, right? Nope. It’s the perfect summation of the film as a whole. 

Well then how come Holdo got to destroy what she hated?

Long live Rose Tico.

Tee hee…

7. Rey

People have been complaining since The Force Awakens that Rey is a “Mary Sue,” which is a subtle code that Internet sexists have for whining about girls taking over the world.

Is it super duper secret code for being sexist?  Or is it that Rey is in fact a Mary Sue? Occam’s Razor my friend.

The accusation here is that Rey is just too perfect and good at everything, which on the surface seems pretty absurd given that she spends the entire runtime of The Force Awakens struggling with her biggest flaw, her desire to avoid her destiny and wait around for her family to come back for her. She overcomes that weakness here, realizing throughout the course of the film that she’s the only one who can discover her place in the galaxy. No one can show it to her.

Didn’t you hear from Daisy Ridley herself?  Not only is Rey not a Mary Sue, but she also has no weaknesses.  Reconcile that one.

That ties in with another complaint about Rey, the fact that no one’s moronic “Who are Rey’s parents?” fan theories came true. Rey was never going to be Obi-Wan Kenobi’s grandniece or whatever, because it’s very obvious that the arc of this Star Wars trilogy is the conflict between Ben Solo, someone who feels entitled to a legacy, and Rey Nobody, someone who has a legacy thrust upon her. Sorry Rey isn’t a clone of Emperor Palpatine. (This is a real thing that real stupid people wanted.)

Ha!  The novelization of The Last Jedi suggests that Rey is Luke’s niece.  What are you going to do when JJ Abrams retcons the “nobody” parentage in Episode IX?

8. Killing Snoke

Okay look, I’m just going to cut to the chase. No one gives a shit about Snoke. Snoke sucks. Snoke is a boring Emperor Palpatine rip-off who looks like a pile of moldy dicks. Anyone who cared about a character named “Snoke” should be ashamed of themselves. He’s boring and stupid, and killing him is one of the best choices The Last Jedi makes. Kylo Ren is infinitely more compelling and will be a far better villain, and no amount of “Snoke=Mace Windu?!?!” YouTube videos will change that fact.

Should people who care about a character named Snoke be more ashamed than someone who knows what a pile of moldy dicks looks like?

9. Luke’s characterization

This is the big one. People are very angry that this movie wasn’t about a perfect Jedi god named Luke Skywalker who gets all of the ladies and kills all the bad guys dead. Luke isn’t perfect here; he’s bitter and sad, and he doesn’t have all the answers. But a still-growing Luke is far more interesting than the charmingly stagnant Han Solo mannequin that appeared in The Force Awakens. Luke changes. He grows. And yes, he dies. That’s upsetting! But it’s okay for a movie to upset you. Sometimes it’s trying to. With some distance, there’s nothing more satisfying than the death Luke gets in The Last Jedi, a death that’s noble and powerful and incredibly cool. Luke couldn’t be the star of these movies. These Star Wars movies are about the next generation inheriting a legacy, not the last generation holding onto it. It’s no wonder middle-aged fanboys are upset. These movies don’t belong to you anymore, guys. 

Absolutely no one said that they are angry that this movie wasn’t about a perfect Jedi god named Luke Skywalker who gets all of the ladies and kills all the bad guys dead.  No one.  So you’re responding to a point that no one made, simply because you think the prose in that sentence sounds clever.  It’s not.

Dying wasn’t the upsetting part.  It was the manner in which he died.  There’s nothing wrong with the idea of Luke Skywalker dying.  It’s the execution of that idea which was a steaming pile of Bantha fodder.  It was all very, very lame indeed.

Time to let go.

The box office and the waning toy and merchandise sales demonstrate that many are letting go.

Luke couldn’t be the star of these movies. These Star Wars movies are about the next generation inheriting a legacy, not the last generation holding onto it.

Well, he could, but few really wanted that.  What some were expecting instead, was for Luke to play the Obi-Wan of this trilogy.  Obi-Wan in the Original Trilogy was a secondary character.  Again, you’re arguing against points that no one is making.

10. Killing Admiral Ackbar

Oh, you guys care about Admiral Ackbar now? What the fuck is wrong with you? He’s just a fish man who said one funny thing once. Why are you angry that he’s dead? You’re lucky they even remembered to put him in these movies. Did you know that in the old dumb Star Wars books Admiral Ackbar just literally dies of old age? Look it up. You should feel lucky your fish man hero died in battle!

Admiral Ackbar led the assault on the Death Star 2.0.  Sure his time was brief.  Nevertheless, he still holds far more emotional gravitas than Holdo ever did, or could.

Also, get a life.

Says the guy who took the time to write this silly article.

SJW Attempts To Shame Normal Person

Remember Neil Harrington?  He’s the wise sage from dorksideoftheforce.com who called for everyone in fandom to just get along.

What’s he doing now?  Well, he’s now got a new piece up at fansided entitled, Crybaby Star Wars fan’s boycotting Solo: A Star Wars Story due to ‘feminazi agenda’ of Star Wars.

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Gee, I never read anyone refer to Backlashers as crybabies before.  How original.

In his article Neil comments on a very well articulated YouTube video which can be seen here:

Neil stupidly writes:

A crybaby, Star Wars fan is boycotting Solo: A Star Wars Story for all the wrong reasons, proving once again how out of touch with reality some people genuinely are.

Let’s get something straight here.  SJWs are wholly unqualified to comment on the nature of reality.  This of course is because their modern ideology originally stumbled out of the LSD-laden piss holes of Woodstock back in the late 1960s.  So their entire ideology is founded on distortion of reality.  But Neil continues anyway.

Solo: A Star Wars Story is nearly a month away, and many Star Wars fans are excited about another film within a galaxy far, far away. Others, not so much — and that’s okay.

As long as they’re not interested in it for reasons that you approve of apparently.

Meanwhile, a Star Wars “YouTuber” is not happy with the direction of what he has termed “Disney’s Star Wars,” making a “look at me” video in response.

“Look at me” is the whole point of the video format.  It’s a visual medium at which people look.

Before I get started, I want to make something (kyber) crystal clear.

Self-appointed authority and massive stupidity always walks hand in hand.  It’s a universal constant.  How’s that for crystal clarity?

It’s perfectly acceptable to not like all of the Star Wars content. That’s not the point of this response, not in the slightest. It’s the reasonings and entitlement of some Star Wars fans, like this guy, that’s garnered this response.

So it’s perfectly acceptable to not like all of the Star Wars content, as long as people don’t like the content for reasonings that you approve of.  Got it.  Who exactly appointed you to make this determination for everyone else?

Honestly, the only people that I’ve seen express entitlement, are the SJWs who have been screaming their moronic demands for equal representation and gender equality to Disney ever since George Lucas sold his company.  Normal people were always perfectly fine with accepting whatever stories that George Lucas wanted to tell in whatever form they took, warts and all.

Also, his hateful remarks about women really got my Midichlorians boiling.

His hateful remarks about women are a figment of your imagination.  He never made any such “hateful” remarks.

Though, I have to admit, I’d be interested to see what happens to your blood boiling point when you read one of my “Vagi-Chlorian” comments.

Also, this particular fanboy is making all sorts of claims against Disney and its direction which are flat out wrong.

Actually, it’s your own comments that are flat out wrong.  And I’m happy to correct you.

Right off the bat, the camera angles and long, dramatic shots of Gabriel (the creator of this video) walking languidly up and down bleachers show what this video is really about. It’s about him. It’s not about presenting a topic of conversation or facilitating a civil debate. He wants us to look at him and, Gabriel, you’ve got your wish.

Well yeah.  He’s about to express his opinion.  So it is about him, and how he feels towards the Star Wars franchise.  What exactly is wrong with that?   I mean, besides nothing whatsoever.

“Never thought I’d say this, but I’m boycotting Solo: A Star Wars Story. The only way to get Star Wars back to where it was, is to simply say. No.”

Cool, bro. You don’t have to see it. No one is “Forcing” you to do so.

He never claimed that anyone was forcing him to see the film.  So why would you respond to a comment that he never made?

“Disney continues to shove down their SJW feminazi agenda down our retinas.” 

You mean creating characters, such as Daisy Ridley’s Rey, meant to empower women is a bad thing? Women holding an equal place within the Star Wars universe is bad? I don’t know where you get your delusions, laser brain.

Well no.  He doesn’t mean that creating characters, such as Mary Sue Rey, meant to empower women is a bad thing.  That’s why the sentence that he actually spoke doesn’t contain those words in that order.  He also didn’t say that holding an equal place within the Star Wars universe is bad either.  That also is a fabrication of your own making.  So the reason that you don’t understand where he gets his “delusions,” is that you’re consistently responding to points that he’s not making.

Rather, what he did say instead, was that, “Disney continues to shove down their SJW feminazi agenda down our retinas.”  Pay particular note to how the sentence that you wrote, and the sentence that he spoke, contain different words.  This of course means that the two sentences contain different meanings and intent.

It’s always important to respond to what people actually say and write, rather than to respond to what you wish they had said and written, just because you have some well-rehearsed pre-fabricated counterpoint to recite.

Why would he even make such a comment when women have had an equal place in Star Wars from the very beginning, for 40 years now?

The real problem as I see it is that women, or more accurately feminists, are more equal than others in the current state of the franchise.  A great reason to abandon it for something else that SJWs will barnacle to in 40 years.

Gabriel even claims that he’s not sexist.

Um, yes you are. News flash: if you use the term “feminazi” you’re a sexist.

Um, no.  He isn’t.  News Flash: feminist ideology and the female gender are no longer inextricably linked in the 21st Century.  This of course is thanks to male progressives who now claim to be feminists.  So criticism of the pure idiocy of modern feminist ideology does not automatically translate into criticism of women.

The recent trend of inclusion within a galaxy far, far away is a necessity (true there is still room for improvement, but they’re moving in the right direction) and kudos to Kathleen Kennedy for embracing it. Speaking of which, he lets the President of Lucasfilm have it.

Recent trend?  Where have you uneducated SJWs been for the last 40 yearsAre you even remotely aware that it’s 2018, and not 1968?

He goes on to complain that Rey is powerful “without any training,” and that any character can now be powerful for no reason. You mean like Anakin Skywalker, who is mysteriously created by the Force?

Well no.  Anakin had a strong connection with the Force.  But he still received training from Obi-Wan.  That was the whole point of the Prequel Trilogy.  Anakin was Obi-Wan’s apprentice.  Have you watched the films?

A nobody, like Rey?

Ha!  Aren’t you going to be surprised when JJ Abrams retcons that in Episode IX and makes Rey Luke’s niece.

Or, Luke Skywalker, who was able to blow up the Death Star with five minutes of training with an aging Jedi?

Well that’s a pretty stupid argument.  Luke’s ability to blow up the Death Star had little to do with Jedi training.

Luke flew his T-16 back home on Tatooine through Beggar’s Canyon in which he shot womp rats which were about as big as the exhaust port on the Death Star.  That effectively acted as a real world simulation of the Death Star Run.  This was all stated by Luke during the presentation to the pilots showing them how to attack the Death Star.  Obi-Wan’s voice guided him through at the end, but primarily to encourage Luke to believe in his own abilities and experience.

Again, have you watched the films?

If you’re going to criticize Rey, then you have to slam the Skywalkers, too.

No, you don’t.  Not if you’ve actually watched all the films.

When we first meet Luke, he’s a naive inexperienced farm boy, who complains about wanting to hang out with friends, gets scolded by his Uncle, gets knocked unconscious by a Tusken Raider, gets pushed down in a bar by a drunkard, has to be defended by an elderly Jedi, gets insulted and his hand slapped by Han, gets insulted by Leia, gets mauled by a Wampa, gets shot down in his snowspeeder by an AT-AT, crash lands on a swamp planet, and gets his hand cut off during his very first lightsaber duel.

Not Rey though. She gets to skip the first phase of the hero’s journey so hear her roar! Somehow, she can pilot the Millennium Falcon and use a lightsaber all without any training at all. Sure she fumbles a bit getting the Falcon off the ground, but in only a couple of minutes, she’s evading Tie Fighters and deftly flying through the tight spaces of wrecked Star Destroyers. Not only is she Han Solo, but she’s Luke Skywalker too! Effectively fighting off a trained Knight of Ren, whatever that is, in her very first lightsaber battle. But don’t you dare question her girl power you misogynist, even though it doesn’t leave much left for Finn to shine with.

If your only criticisms are leveled at the female characters who receive the exact same character development as the male characters…that’s sexist.

They didn’t receive the exact same character development.  Watching the films makes this self evident.

He even claims Disney delayed the novel and Blu-ray release due to “plot holes” in The Last Jedi. Really, now? How did you get that insider information, Gabriel?

Reading the novels and comics is insider information now?  Anyone who can rub two brain cells together can see from the released material in novels and comics that they are being used to plug up what some call plot holes.  It’s transparent.

Don’t present opinion and conjecture as fact.

See the above linked facts.

The plans for both releases were well known before The Last Jedi premiered (we even wrote up an article on it); and before the complaints of some fans.

Great.  That doesn’t change the nature of the actual material within those releases.

Of course, Disney wants to make money. They only forked out $4 billion to buy the franchise. That does not mean that they aren’t committed to producing high-quality films or that they don’t care about the franchise whatsoever. If you don’t like the material, don’t buy it. You’re a real hero for doing your small part to take down Disney!

Well, that’s the real trick, isn’t it?  But let’s be perfectly honest here.  What you’re doing is attempting to shame this man into financially supporting a political agenda you approve of, and at the same time trying to discourage others from following in his footsteps.  You’re doing this, because you’re painfully aware that there aren’t enough of you SJW dimwits to financially support the franchise yourselves.

But, Gabriel’s complaint that Ehrenreich doesn’t sound or look anything like Harrison Ford, thus making him unworthy of being Han Solo, is ridiculous.

Far from being ridiculous, convincing the audience that Alden is Han Solo is the biggest challenge this film has.  One that could have been easily overcome by simply casting the right man.

Ron Howard has been very clear that he wasn’t looking for Ehrenreich to give his imitation of Ford, but present us with his own take on the character. He doesn’t have to sound or look exactly like Ford — Ehreinech needs to embrace his inner scoundrel.

Sure, Ron Howard has been very clear on that.  But it doesn’t matter if Ron Howard has been very clear on that.  What matters in the end, is how the audience perceives the work.

Last and certainly not least. The “boycott” on Solo: A Star Wars Story isn’t actually a boycott. Gabriel says that he might see it once it comes on Blu-ray DVD. So, how is that a boycott (you keep using that word but I don’t think it means what you think it means)? Your 11-minute video, Gabriel, has more plot holes than any movie you complained about.

The non-boycott “boycott” is proof that this Star Wars fanboy is out of touch with reality and displays, in a nutshell, all that’s wrong within the fanbase of a galaxy far, far away.

He’s not going to see it theatrically.  That’s a theatrical boycott.  So you shouldn’t be lecturing others about the definitions of words, when you yourself don’t understand the ones that you’re typing out.

Heck, it’s clear that you haven’t even watched the films, so you really shouldn’t be commenting on them very much at all.

But here’s the bottom line:

Normal people don’t organize boycotts in the same frenzied manner that SJW savages do.  Sure occasionally a few of the normals try to start a boycott when they’re passionate about something.  But generally speaking, normal people will simply shrug their shoulders, and walk away from the franchise.  No organizing will be necessary.  SJW politics will do all the heavy lifting in pushing normal people away from the franchise.

In fact, the box office and the waning merchandise and toy sales demonstrate that this has already begun.

UPDATE:

The talented filmmaker who created Gabriel’s video has posted his own response to Neil Harrington’s dorksideoftheforce.com article:

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The brilliant Ethan Van Sciver just took Harrington’s article on:

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Gabriel provides a follow up video:

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Jeremy from Geeks + Gamers adds his own commentary:

SJWs Predictably Unsatisfied

As predicted, SJWs are using the hiring of Victoria Mahoney as a soapbox to push their moronic politics.  They certainly can’t be happy just celebrating the inclusion of a woman of color.  Because also predictably, there’s plenty of fashionably bigoted remarks against white men which are all the rage among the SJW ignorati these days.

Behind the camera, the writers and directors of all eight Star Wars films have almost exclusively been white men.

Normally, the hiring of a second-unit director — responsible mainly for shots that don’t feature the major characters — wouldn’t be newsworthy. However, Lucasfilm has been on the receiving end of some negative attention for hiring a steady stream of white male writer-directors for its biggest Star Wars projects, including Abrams for The Force Awakens and Episode IX; Gareth Edwards for Rogue One; Ron Howard (replacing previous white dudes Phil Lord and Christopher Miller) for Solo; Rian Johnson for The Last Jedi and an upcoming film trilogy; Game of Thrones creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss for another upcoming trilogy, and Jon Favreau for the first live-action Star Warsseries. 

~Gwynne Watkins, Yahoo Entertaiment

George Lucas is out of the scene, and Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy has shepherded in a new crop of directors to steer this mighty ship. So far, the results have been mixed, and much has been made of the internal conflicts and firings. Yet throughout all this, there has been a constant: all of the directors have been white men. Whether they stuck around or not, every name chosen by Kennedy has fit that painfully narrow mold. Mahoney is a refreshing exception, but as a second unit director, she still won’t get to be the brains of the operation.

~Kayleigh Donaldson, SyFy Wire

Putting a black woman in charge of a Star Wars film’s second unit is an incredibly important step in the right direction toward diversifying the latent pool that studios tap into the helm major projects—and making Hollywood a more inclusive space overall. But it’s important to bear in mind that there’s still a lot of work to be done, because one black woman heading up one Star Wars film’s second unit will not solve the industry’s larger issue of excluding people who are not straight white men from positions of power. 

~Charles Pulliam-Moore, i09.com

While the ever-expanding movie franchise has been taken to task plenty of times for its repeated hiring of exactly one type of filmmaker — white males, including recent turns from Ron Howard and Rian Johnson — “The Force Awakens” director J.J. Abrams is bringing someone brand new into the fold: filmmaker Victoria Mahoney.

~Kate Erbland, IndieWire.com

J.J. Abrams is walking the walk, not just talking the talk. There’s a lot of discussion in Hollywood right now about inclusion, and opening up positions that are traditionally held by white men to a more diverse range of individuals.

Not to mention the fact that white male directors who make a $5 million Sundance indie are handed the reigns to massive franchises like Star Wars or a Marvel movie straight away.

~Adam Chitwood, Collider

The news was trumpeted today by filmmaker Ava DuVernay, a friend of the film’s top director, J.J. Abrams, who was clearly thrilled at the thought of a black woman making inroads in a franchise that’s frequently struggled to get people who aren’t white men in leading positions behind the camera.

~William Hughes, AV Club

Following criticism that every Star Wars director has been a white male, Lucasfilm has done a game changer, announcing Victoria Mahoney as the Second Unit Director for Star Wars 9. Mahoney will be the first African American and first female director to work as any kind of director on a Star Wars movie, so this is a historic move for Lucasfilm.

The criticism of Lucasfilm and Star Wars first surfaced earlier this year when Variety reported a statistic that 96% of the writers and directors for Star Wars are white males.

~Trevor Norkey, MovieWeb.com

Some people are increasingly critical of the film industry for being composed primarily of white men. Star Wars has dealt with a lot of this rage since all of the franchise’s films have been helmed by white men. However, it appears they are starting to turn that image around to be more diverse both in front of and behind the camera.

~Tomy Williams, geekyrant.com

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“If everyone is thinking alike, then somebody isn’t thinking.” ~ George S. Patton

Yes, Episode IX is off to a fine start.

 

Morrisey Has A Very Important Message For All Lucasfilm Reps

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Might not be as brain dead as he appears.

Andrew Trendell from NME.com reports:

Legendary Smiths frontman, Morrissey, has spoken out against the ‘Loony Left’ push to call anyone they don’t agree with ‘racist’, and he’s also absolutely rinsed Diane Abbott…

“As far as racism goes, the modern Loony Left seem to forget that Hitler was Left wing,” said Morrissey. “But of course, we are all called racist now, and the word is actually meaningless.

“It’s just a way of changing the subject. When someone calls you racist, what they are saying is ‘hmm, you actually have a point, and I don’t know how to answer it, so perhaps if I distract you by calling you a bigot we’ll both forget how enlightened your comment was’.”

Will Episode IX’s 2nd Unit Director Satisfy SJW Demands?

Recently, JJ Abrams was quoted as saying:

“I know that Kathy Kennedy is deeply aware of and actively working to do the right thing in this regard,” responded Abrams. “There’s no question that ‘Star Wars’ will benefit from the women writers and directors that will inevitably be telling those stories, too.”

“And I cannot wait to see and I just know that the stories that will be told in that universe from a more diverse set of writers and directors will be thrilling and the best chapters in that story. I know that is something that Kathy is actively working on.”

Rian Johnson was recently quoted as saying:

“We need some directors who aren’t white dudes,” he said emphatically, in spite of Lucasfilm’s track record to date of hiring only white male directors. “And [Kennedy] knows it, too. It just has to happen. I mean, come on. It has to happen.”

Some have speculated that women haven’t been hired to direct yet due to Kathleen Kennedy herself feeling threatened by other strong women in the industry.

Well hold on to your little social justice hats.

The SJW favorite for directing a Star Wars film, Ava DuVernay, just wasn’t interested in the franchise.  But she is interested in making a big announcement about JJ Abrams pick for 2nd Unit Director.  She tweeted recently tweeted the following announcement:

Getinmedia.com defines the 2nd Unit Director as such:

The second unit of a film is a crew that is responsible for shooting supplementary footage; this includes establishing shots, stunts, inserts, and cutaways. This crew is separate from the first unit, which is the team that films scenes with the leading cast. When a series of shots are deemed too expensive, dangerous, or time-consuming for the first unit to accomplish, the second unit director leads his or her team to capture the necessary scenes.

How often are the hirings of 2nd Unit Film directors publicly announced with fanfare?  Almost never.  So why now?

Well, given that all of the major future Star Wars projects have been awarded to “white dudes,” Lucasfilm has been under pressure to establish some social justice street cred and make good on their repeated promises.  Particularly after Kennedy was raked over the coals by her own SJW allies over the hiring of Jon Favreau.

Will this satisfy SJW demands?  Nothing ever does.

Victoria Mahoney may or may not produce fine work.  Unfortunately, the answer to that question will be forever tainted by the politics of Disney/Lucasfilm’s Diversity Fashion Show.

Let’s just hope that if Episode IX isn’t well received, that Victoria doesn’t react in the same way that Ava DuVernay did over heavy criticism of A Wrinkle In Time:

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If you don’t like it, you too may be accused of being racist, sexist, and/or misogynist against the 2nd Unit Director.

Liberal Wanted The Last Jedi To Be More Liberal

Ian Harris writes a piece in The Michigan Daily entitled, ‘The Last Jedi’ and the state of film criticism.

But what I take even more of an issue with than the film itself is the discussion surrounding it.

I find myself in the same place, but for different reasons.

The originals are generally loved and the prequels generally loathed, with “The Force Awakens” and “Rogue One” both falling somewhere in the pretty-good-or-maybe-great-but-not-amazing range.

I’d have to disagree.  Rather, it seems to be the Sequel Trilogy that is now generally loathed, with the Prequel Trilogy having mixed opinions.

Before it was released in theaters worldwide, “The Last Jedi” boasted a stellar 94 percent on the critical aggregate site Rotten Tomatoes. That number has since gone down to a still impressive 90 percent. But for whatever reason, audiences didn’t take to the film in the same way. The audience score on the same website currently sits at a middling 49 percent, the worst ever for a “Star Wars” picture. 

That reason is politics.  As the recent Oscars demonstrated, those working within the industry are ruled by the political fashions of the day.  It affects absolutely everything they do.  Critics are no different; they have based their reviews of the film on the political lectures they received which they found agreeable, to the exclusion of genuine film craft considerations.

But rather than a productive debate about the merits of the movie’s themes, commentary on its characters or possibly what it was actually trying to say and whether or not it succeeded in it, much of the discussion that surrounds “The Last Jedi” resembles that of a political debate or a Twitter feud between celebrities.

That’s because the Star Wars franchise has now become the latest skirmish in the much larger cold culture civil war.

One of the prominent narratives that surrounds this film is that the people who don’t like “The Last Jedi” don’t like it for one of the following reasons: All of its main characters are either women or people of color, it doesn’t respect white males and makes all the male characters stupid and they can’t let go of the old “Star Wars” they remember from when they are kids.

That of course is entirely incorrect.  No such narrative exists, prominent or otherwise.  Rather, that is a purely imaginary point that SJWs have wholly fabricated in order to have something to argue against, in an effort to defend the political messaging in the film.

Think about this logically for a moment.

What sense would it make for long time fans to be upset over the inclusion of female or non-white characters, when both female and non-white characters have been in Star Wars throughout its entire 40 year history, going back to the very beginning.

What sense would it make for any fans to be upset over the inclusion of female or non-white characters so suddenly with The Last Jedi, when its predecessor The Force Awakens was generally well received?  Why would they suddenly become enraged over such things now?

Of course it doesn’t make any sense, which is why SJWs believe it to be true.  None of what Harris is contending here has any basis in factual reality.  I understand that SJWs believe that it’s still 1968, and really want it to be.  But in reality it’s actually 2018.  These battles were fought and won 40 years ago or more.

Now let me preface this by saying that by no means are these the only criticisms being leveled at the film’s detractors, but they are the ones making the loudest splash and the ones that are most dangerous for allowing us to have a meaningful discussion about the film itself.

No.  What’s actually making the loudest splash are the SJWs arguing against these non-existent points, much in the same way that they virtue signaled one another over the equally imaginary black stormtrooper controversy.

That’s one of the more fascinating aspects of SJW psychopathology.  SJWs are compelled to argue against points that no one is making.

One article that was making the rounds over this past weekend was titled “Why So Many Men Hate ‘The Last Jedi’ But Can’t Agree on Why.”

Yes, I’ve commented on that silly article.

The author’s argument essentially boils down to this: “Because there is no central criticism of this film that everyone agrees upon, the reason people don’t like it must be sexism.”  She points to the prequel films as examples of films everyone agrees are bad for the same specific reasons and uses that to explain that if “The Last Jedi” were actually a bad movie, everyone would have the same criticisms of it.

To which I explain:

Not necessarily.  This assumes that there’s a heated disagreement as to why The Last Jedi is bad.  Rather, what this merely shows is that there’s multiple reasons why The Last Jedi is bad.  Moreover, movie viewers are allowed to have differing opinions as to why they might not like a film, just as they are allowed to have differing opinions as to why they might like a film.  This really isn’t evidence of anything more than the existence of differing opinions.  Differing opinions are what happens when people aren’t forced to comply with the consensus of the collective.

“If everyone is thinking alike, then somebody isn’t thinking.” ~George Patton

Ian continues:

Art is, by its very nature, subjective.

Actually, that is entirely incorrect.  The notion that art is entirely subjective is a myth that is pushed primarily by those with no education or training in the arts.  Art has objective standards that one can be trained in and judged by.  Therefore, art cannot be entirely subjective.  It’s that simple.

Taste is subjective, art is not.

It’s perfectly reasonable to like bad movies.  Many people do; the fans and producers of MST3K for instance.  But it’s important to recognize that a movie is bad, even when it’s liked.  One of the worst movies ever made, Highlander II: The Quickening, is one of my favorites.  It’s such a clusterfarkle of bad ideas that I find it wholly entertaining to watch.  But I’m able to recognize that it’s not a good film despite the pleasure it brings me.  I don’t allow my personal taste to affect my objectivity.

I think that it is important that we as liberals not (to quote “Revenge of the Sith”) become the very thing we want to destroy. If we attack anyone who criticizes a movie that features a woman in the starring role simply because the movie features a woman in the starring role, we do ourselves a disservice. 

Yet that’s what you do anyway.  Read the sentences you wrote above about the purely imaginary points that you’re arguing against.  You cannot help yourselves.

Do I think there are probably some crazy people out there who hate “The Last Jedi” because it’s about a female Jedi, a Black stormtrooper and a Resistance led by women and people of color? Yes, of course, there are those people. But those people probably also hated the similarly diverse “The Force Awakens” and “Rogue One” and neither of those movies created the kind of division that “The Last Jedi” did.

And yet, genuine posts that openly state such things can’t be found.  We can’t be certain that the few that have been pointed to aren’t posted by SJW activists perpetrating a hate hoax in order to prove a point that doesn’t exist, as was the case with the De-Feminized Fan Edit.

My issues with “The Last Jedi” involve basically every single part of the film, but what I do not have any issue with is the casting or the nature of the characters. Far from it, I believe these characters and these actors have been severely underserved by the story they were given. 

I agree, and have said so multiple times on this blog.

She is a gifted actress who had a great character in the first movie that I believe was wasted in “The Last Jedi.”

Her character really wasn’t any better in The Force Awakens, once the nostalgia goggles are removed.

Rey basically sits on the sidelines for the entire third act of the film, in which Luke Skywalker and Kylo Ren take center stage. Her entire storyline revolves around needing a man to bring back to the fight (first Luke, then Kylo).

Yes, but she then gets to lecture that man about what he’s done and why he did it, as though she were there or has any wisdom of her own, then prances off as Yoda informs the audience that she already knows everything in the Jedi books.  But remember, she’s not a Mary Sue.

I don’t believe that “The Last Jedi” is bad because it stars a woman.

Nobody does.  But it probably makes you feel bold to type that sentence out anyway.

I believe that it is bad because it doesn’t feature its main character (who happens to be a woman) nearly enough. It makes Rey into an agent of Luke and Kylo’s storylines, rather than using them as supporting players in hers.  

All Luke did was milk some alien nipples and project a Force Doppelganger.  Are you sure that you understand the distinction between main and supporting characters?  Do you know what an ensemble is?

“The Last Jedi” wants to be seen as the most progressive and forward-thinking “Star Wars” yet, but in the last act of the film, it gives up on all of that to fall back on everything it claims it wants to forget. The film purports to be about realizing your heroes were flawed and not looking for an old man to come and face down an entire evil army, and then at the end of the movie Luke Skywalker comes out of hiding to face down an entire evil army. 

In the lamest fashion possible.

Seemingly the entire point of Benicio Del Toro’s character was to show that this isn’t a conflict with straight lines of good and evil, but one filled with shades of grey. And yet at the end of the movie, we are left with good guys vs. bad guys, one side that blows up planets and one side that saves lives. Rey and Kylo Ren are supposedly conflicted characters grappling with the darkness and light inside of them, but at the end of the movie Rey is unquestionably good and Kylo is unquestionably evil. There is no moral ambiguity about the ending of “The Last Jedi.”

That’s the result of stupidly insisting on a fan-ficish “remnants of the Empire” scenario.  Good vs. evil is the only possible outcome in that setting.

Even the movie’s attempts to critique the Han Solo archetype Poe Dameron fell flat on its face. While he is chastised early on for having a dumb plan that gets a few people killed, he later initiates an even dumber plan that leads to all but 10 members of the Resistance getting killed and nobody seems to care.

Not even the women in charge who lead all but a dozen or so Resistance fighters to their deaths.

Regardless, we should be able to have a conversation about a movie about space wizards who can make rocks move and fly through space without becoming mortal enemies in the process. 

Ahh.  The commonly parroted “space wizards” remark.  The remark that demonstrates that SJWs should never have been allowed anywhere near this franchise.  Before the Sequel Trilogy was released, Lucasfilm advertised TFA as “The Cinematic Event of a generation.”  Now that the franchise sucks thanks to ridiculous things like Kal-Leia, it’s just a movie about “space wizards with laser swords.”  Go read some Joseph Campbell for Pete’s sake, will ya?

Seriously though, a reasonable conversation with people who make and perpetuate false accusations in an effort to protect political messaging is highly unlikely.

But then again, I hated the movie, and from what I understand that must mean I just didn’t get it.

Or that you’re racist, sexist, and/or misogynist.

I understand that Harris is trying to articulate his dislike of the film from his liberal point of view.  But pay close attention to the nature of his complaints.  For Harris, the film wasn’t liberal enough.  If Harris had his way, the film would be far far worse.  So much so that he might have even named the main character Rey Bechdella.

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Some fashion glasses would help make The Last Jedi more liberal.

Thanks to SC Reviews for finding this article.

The Social Justice Repulsion Effect Takes Hold Of The Star Wars Franchise

SJW politics naturally destroys any cultural institution that it infects.  SJW ideology is quite literally a cultural cancer; a fact that is easily demonstrated.

We’ve seen that truth expressed in the lowest rated televised Oscars in history.  We’ve seen it in the waning sales of Marvel Comics, and the subsequent replacement of Marvel’s SJW Editor in Chief as a result.  We’ve seen it in the slide of NFL viewership, and the MLB replacing the NFL as America’s most popular sportWe’ve seen it in the decline of Sports Illustrated subscriptions.  We’ve seen it in the declining ratings of ESPN, which had to fire 100 employees as a result.  We’ve seen it in the plummeting ratings of Late Night talk shows which have taken to lecturing their audience rather than entertaining or enlightening them.  We’ve seen it in declining Box Office at the cinema which has also increasingly chosen to lecture its audience with deeply ignorant SJW politics.  Anyone who doubts that people in the American entertainment industry are political activists rather than artists, can read about how Hollywood screenwriters are now coaching progressive political candidates.  We’ve seen it in SJW controlled universities and colleges which are experiencing big drops in enrollment.  We’ve seen it in East Berliners risking their lives to cross the infamous Berlin Wall in an attempt to escape East Berlin.  We’ve seen it in the SJW controlled city of Detroit, from which so many people have fled that their downtown skyscrapers are abandoned.  We’ve seen it in the blue state of California, from which the middle class is fleeing.  We’ve seen it in nations like Venezuela where thousands of formerly well-to-do people are fleeing the disastrous effects of the nation’s newly formed leftist SJW government.

Wherever SJW politics are imposed, normal people will understandably flee.  It’s a universal constant both in the micro and in the macro.

And this isn’t just anecdotal hyperbole.  Matt Philbin from NewsBusters.org reports:

According to new data from a McLaughlin & Associates/Media Research Center national poll of 1,000 likely voters:

75% agree with the statement, “When I watch live sports or entertainment shows on television I am trying to get away from politics and do not want to be bombarded with partisan political messages.”

Given that normal people also sought to escape the same kinds of worthless cultural re-education in Soviet gulags, this should come as no surprise.

Since the SJW contagion has now metastasized within Lucasfilm, we can fully expect to see what I call the Social Justice Repulsion Effect happen with the Star Wars franchise as well.  In fact, it has already begun.

Martin Daubney of The Telegraph writes in an editorial entitled, Liberal identity politics has ruined Star Wars for the fanboys:

Has the peculiarly Earthling curse of liberal identity politics infected even galaxies far, far away? It would appear so, if a growing fanboy backlash to Star Wars: The Last Jedi is to be believed.

Since its release at the weekend, a remarkable gulf has emerged between professional critics and the general viewing public’s scoring of the movie – as illustrated by that modern barometer of movies, Rotten Tomatoes. On the review aggregation site, the professionals give the movie an impressive average score of 93pc; while fans score it a more Luke-warm 55pc.

What’s going on? It appears this huge discrepancy can be attributed not to its plot – described as “having more holes than a Swiss cheese that shared a wedding bed with a porcupine” – but a claim the movie is no more than “social justice warrior propaganda”.

In media land, one critic gushed The Last Jedi is “the most triumphantly feminist Star Wars movie yet,” concluding it a masterpiece that possesses a “celebratory inclusiveness that seems entirely in the Jedi spirit”.

The Last Jedi has also been heralded as the first Star Wars movie that passes the Bechdel Test, a rule of thumb that asks whether a work of fiction features at least two women who talk to each other about something other than a man.

This type of analysis isn’t new. Entire books have been written on the identity politics of Star Wars, pointing out that creator George Lucas once spoke of his duty to wield a “moral megaphone” in his filmmaking. “Somebody has to tell young people what we think is a good person,” he said.

However, some feel that, since Disney bought the rights to the Star Wars franchise, this moral megaphone has become deafening.

Analysis of user comments on Rotten Tomatoes is telling. While most lasers are locked on the flick’s “terrible plot holes”, its “un forgivable” treatment of Luke Skywalker, and it being “little more than a very long Disney advert vehicle to sell merchandise,” a large voice of dissent decries its use of identity politics as a serious Force of disgruntlement.

The comments are littered with one-star reviews that read, “Politically correct to the point of boredom”; “SJW propaganda” and “I’m frustrated that feminism and diversity have made their way into this film. This has ruined Star Wars for me as well as my kids. Keep liberalism out of it and stop ruining once good things”.

Certainly, watching the movie can feel like you’re playing identity politics bingo.

Perhaps these fanboys ought to get over themselves. It’s just a movie, after all.

But the truth is that identity politics is the kryptonite that saps the joy out of all it touches. How long before Harrison Ford comes out as Trans Solo? What price a zero-emissions Millennium Falcon? Will Jabba The Hutt be called out for “fat shaming” the obese?

Will any of this make the slightest difference one of the highest-grossing movie franchise of all time? Only time will tell, but for now a social media war is raging between critics and diehard fans, an increasing number of whom seem to be saying “dead to me, the franchise is”.

The truly amusing part of this whole biofeedback machine, is that the SJWs currently staffed within Lucasfilm will see the backlash as a great success.  SJWs will delude themselves into thinking that they’re pissing off all the right people.  Who are all the right people?  I have compiled the unabridged SJW gripe list and provide it here for your convenience:

“Deplorable rich intolerant bitter clinging hate-mongering war-mongering fear-mongering privileged middle-class micro-aggressing triggering patriarchal straight sexist misogynist cisgendered hetero-normative transphobic homophobic homogeneous hegemonic racist xenophobic jingoistic nativist tea-bagging redneck hillbilly reptilian-brained binary-thinking white supremacist euro-centric male Zionist Evangelical Christian Far-Right Extreme-Right Uber-Right Ultra-Right Alt-Right NeoCon so-called conservative Republican bourgeoisie capitalist colonialist imperialist fascists.”

Of course, none of that makes any kind of coherent sense, but that’s the inherent nature of the uneducated SJW mentality that normal people have to cope with.  They’re pre-programmed to involuntarily squawk these words in response to various stimuli without regard to what the words actually mean.  In any case, the above list represents how the SJW employees at Lucasfilm view every backlasher who writes a letter, posts a blog, or uploads a video in protest to their content.  Just ask them.  They’ll tell you, if they can bear to acknowledge your existence at all.  So they’re almost guaranteed to double down on social justice messaging.

Jack Kenrick from squawker.org also identifies this phenomenon in an article entitled, Star Wars Fans Seem To Hate The Last Jedi And SJW’s Couldn’t Be Happier About It.  In it he writes:

What’s been interesting to watch in the hours since its release, is that the general public seems to be finding this the most divisive Star Wars film yet. While almost universally lauded by professional pop culture and film critics alike. The Last Jedi is seemingly not doing quite as well with the average American moviegoer. A fact many Progressive types somehow seem to be actively celebrating as proof of their own moral superiority.

Case in point this article written for Wired magazine entitled, “The Last Jedi Will Bother Some People. Good.” In which writer Angela Watercutter not so subtly informs us all that “The movie isn’t here to Make the Galaxy Great Again.” We are are told that those who don’t like “diversity” should not see the film. Of course as is now standard practice for today’s modern liberals, by diversity they don’t mean a variety of thought but rather simply superficial differences in skin color. None of this is too surprising however when you consider the original title of the now modified story was actually, “The Last Jedi Will Be To Inclusive for Some People. Good.”

It would seem that the average moviegoer doesn’t appreciate an obviously politicized half hours worth of pointless subplot. Which is frustratingly what the film provides, as almost the entirety of the genuinely forced “Progressive” parts of the movie take place in an oddly out of place subplot, that ultimately feels like it lacks any real purpose beyond simply pleasing SJW types. 

UPDATE:

Immediately upon publishing this blog post, I discovered that SC Reviews was discussing another article that echoes many of the same things I’ve been writing about on this blog.  Paul Cheung writes an article at fee.org entitled, “The Last Jedi” and the Politicization of Storytelling.  In it, he writes:

Has identity politics created a dilemma for the Disney Empire?

There’s been a disturbance in the franchise: Ambivalence, rather than anticipation, has characterized the online response to Disney’s announcement of the deluge of new Star Wars projects we are to be saturated with over the next several years. And while the trailer for Solo: A Star Wars Story (scheduled for May) was expected to be received with some misgiving, many fans are actively rooting for it to flop.

There’s already an over-abundance of online rants analyzing The Last Jedi’s shortcomings as a piece of entertainment. But it is in the realm of the ideas where the division between critics and audiences is most stark. Dozens of articles praise the film’s perceived socio-political commentary while countless viewers decry it for the very same reason.

One reason is that archetypes and the mythic storytelling form never lose relevance. They are timeless and universal. By contrast, loading a film with political messaging for 2018, using it as a vessel to comment on current events, makes its relevance transient. Ironically, Johnson’s attempt to “update” the saga is precisely what caused his entry to feel dated at an accelerated pace.

And it isn’t just the film’s detractors who observe the current American political climate’s bearing on the way it was written. GQ UK gleefully claims “The Last Jedi takes on Trump”. Other articles, such as these in The Independent, The Guardian, and Wired, insinuate that anyone not on board is an “alt-right” hater of diversity.

While the controversy may appear to be an inordinate fuss over “light entertainment,” Star Wars (whether by chance or intention) has come to represent something far more significant than that.

Throughout history, stories have functioned as one of the most effective societal-shaping tools. The themes, ideals, and values communicated in stories have simultaneously reflected and molded the cultures which produced them. This is what Victor Hugo was alluding to when he wrote, “England has two books: the Bible and Shakespeare. England made Shakespeare, but the Bible made England.”

Descriptions of Star Wars as “generation-defining” are also allusions to the power of stories to shape who we are. And therein lies the problem: Johnson’s work, while managing to imitate the aesthetic of Star Wars (stormtroopers, lightsabers, etc.) is a hollow husk bearing only surface similarity to its parent material. Its shallow identity politics reflect a cultural hegemony adrift from deeper moorings.

Such an incoherent set of half-baked ideas wouldn’t matter if not for the fact that they are being propagated on an industrial scale, becoming almost ubiquitous in U.S. and UK entertainment.

In a scene in The Last Jedi which practically invites the type of historical parallelism above, there’s an attempted book-burning (ignited by Yoda, no less) broadcasting the film’s overarching theme of abandoning the past.

“Let the past die. Kill it if you have to,” Kylo urges Rey, even as Johnson urges the audience to “let the past die” so that we can embrace his Star Wars and, at a broader cultural level, the ideas his film promulgates.

With the backlash to The Last Jedi, the values in the background of Johnson’s film have been inadvertently thrust into the spotlight, exposing greater popular discomfort with them than anyone anticipated.

UPDATE:

SC Reviews offers his own perspective on the Telegraph article:

What Did People Learn From The Last Jedi Blu-Ray?

Germain Lussier at i09 writes a piece entitled, All the New Things We Learned From the Star Wars: The Last Jedi Blu-Ray.  In it, he describes some tidbits for those who are unwilling to buy the Blu-Ray themselves:

Before he even wrote the movie, writer-director Rian Johnson had these very specific ideas in his head: The idea of a casino planet where the one percent of the Star Wars universe lives.

SJW politics at its silliest.  Trump is a one percenter you see, because Trump owns casinos.  The truth is, one percenters tend to stay close to seats of government, where they can make deals and get kick backs and kiss the behinds of those in power.

It took the make-up team almost six months just to design Kylo Ren’s scar.

Six months to design a scar.  That explains a lot.

The hand that pulls the dice down from the Millennium Falcon mirror belongs to Rian Johnson. It’s his cameo.

A nice metaphor for how he’s taken down the franchise.

Creature designer Neal Scanlan said that The Last Jedi has more special effects work in it than The Force Awakens and Rogue One combined. Much of it ended up on the cutting room floor, but you can see some of it on the home release.

And far less screenwriting work than The Holiday Special.

In editing, Johnson almost cut out the lingering shot of the baby porgs in the Millennium Falcon many times. But every time she saw it, Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy laughed, so it stayed in.

Rian takes good direction from Kathleen Kennedy.  Clearly.

There was a lot of discussion of what Captain Phasma’s exposed eye would look like when Finn breaks her helmet. Johnson credits Daisy Ridley for telling him to just make it normal.

Daisy Ridley is so brilliant.  You wouldn’t want the eye to be damaged or scarred from the shrapnel of the helmet or anything.

While writing, Johnson considered having Luke use the Force for some massive attack at the end, but felt it went against his idea that the Force is not a superpower.

So instead he had Leia fly through space like Superman, with a superpower.

Despite many attempts to make them practical, from animatronics to dressing up dogs, Crait’s crystal foxes are all digital. Digitally, though, each one has 25,000 strands of CG hair coming off it.

Which means that Lucafilm was falsly touting the “practical” effects of the crystal foxes when they released this The Evolution of the Crystal Fox:

So apparently they’re making practical effects solely for marketing purposes now.

Johnson recorded his director’s commentary before the movie was released, so he never addresses some of the more “controversial issues.” However, even then he already had an idea they would be polarizing.

Not to worry.  There’s plenty on record from Rian Johnson’s Explanation Tour.

Rob Hunter writing at filmschoolrejects.com, tells us what we’ve learned from that director’s commentary.  Rob stupidly starts out with some ignorant snark:

As you undoubtedly know, Episode VIII in the ongoing Star Wars saga is one the highest-grossing films of all time and is universally loved by everyone whether they’ve seen it or not.

Okay.

There’s definitely no irrational and childish backlash against its female-led heroics…

Well, no.  There’s not.  Rather, what there is a backlash against instead, is the moronic feminist and SJW politics in The Last Jedi.  Remember, feminist ideology and the female gender are no longer inextricably linked thanks to male progressives who now claim to be feminists.  Criticism of feminism no longer automatically translates into criticism of women.

…or interpretation of the film universe’s fictional psychic ability, the Force. Nope.

Even in a fantasy setting, there are a set of rules one must follow, a kind of physics you set up when world building.  Otherwise, why not have Mickey Mouse fight alongside Rey?  They’re both Disney properties in a fictional universe after all.  Unfortunately, uneducated morons such as Rian and this writer won’t really ever be able to understand this, which is why they produce inferior products like The Last Jedi.

In any case Rob, you may want to consult other experts in your field who contend that there isn’t any backlash at all.

I’m not sure what any of that had to do with the commentary on the Blu-Ray, but I suppose the idiot activist inside of him just had to get those virtue signals out so that he could feel better about himself.

In any case, here’s what he purportedly learns from the commentary:

The opening joke — General Hux’s (Domhnall Gleeson) issues during his call with Poe Dameron (Oscar Isaac) — was something Johnson insisted on keeping as he wanted the film to be fun despite the expected heaviness of being the trilogy’s second chapter. “It’s gonna be okay to laugh at this movie.”

Unless you laugh at it in the wrong way, in which case you’ll get accused of being part of an irrational and childish backlash.

He saw a lot of potential for humor in the character of Hux and admits to playing with him “in a slightly more comic way.”

“Ruthless” military officers are often humorous.  If only Grand Moff Tarkin had been more like Frank Burns.

The idea that Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) would toss the light saber away made sense to Johnson. It stems from him thinking about why Luke would be on this faraway island in the first place. “He knows his friends are fighting this good fight. He knows there’s peril out there in the galaxy, and he’s exiled himself way out here.” He knew the answer couldn’t be mere cowardice and instead would be something more positive.

I didn’t perceive any positivity in Jake Skywalker.

Regarding Leia Organa’s (Carrie Fisher) space walk Johnson recalls Kathleen Kennedy’s reminders that Leia is a Skywalker too. She has powers, presumably beyond just sensing the loss of a loved one, “and we never see them manifest.” He says she realizes at this moment that she has more work to do, “and almost through instinct, almost like you hear about parents when their kids are caught under cars being able to get Hulk strength and lift them up, that’s kind of what I wanted this moment to be.”

More direction from Kathleen Kennedy.  Great.

Vice Admiral Holdo (Laura Dern) was originally much more “hippie dippy,” but they readjusted her character in editing and with pick-up shots.

She’s still pretty dippy hippie.

He wanted to approach the idea of “the Force” by explaining that it’s not a super power. “It’s not like making things float, it’s not like an Iron Man-type superpower that you get, or Iron Man doesn’t have super powers, I know I know I know I know. Iron Man’s suit does everything.” So he gave a gentler, more spiritual explanation of it all, “a little bit of a reset on it.”

And as a result he turned the Force into gobbledygook, just as George Lucas feared.

They shot a “teachable moment” sequence where Luke mentally fabricates an attack on the island village for Rey to respond to and then get angry about, but they decided it was unnecessary. It’s available on the deleted scenes.

Of course it was unnecessary.  Yoda even tells us that as a Mary Sue she already knows everything contained in the sacred Jedi texts.  No training is necessary, and we certainly wouldn’t want to have Luke mansplain the Force to Rey anyway.

The commentary was recorded before the film opened, “so I haven’t heard what anyone actually thinks about this.”

Well, he certainly heard what Kathleen Kennedy thought about it.

DJ’s “true cynicism” regarding the galaxy’s arms dealers and how they supply both “sides” in the eternal war “felt dangerous” to bring into the Star Wars universe, but he felt it was important to the film and Finn’s journey.

For political purposes.

Regarding the tension between Poe and Holdo, he credits the Battlestar Galactica reboot (one of the top five shows ever IMO) with inspiring the idea that there can be discord between the good guys.

That concept existed long before 2004.  What the hell is he talking about?

Ridley and Driver did an immense amount of training for their big shared fight against the Praetorian guards, and their efforts paid off in that Johnson didn’t have to use long lenses or editing trickery to conceal their inadequacies or the faces of stunt performers. He was able to shoot wide and show the two of them actually doing the fights.

He knew he wanted walkers as they’re one of his favorite designs “in all of movie history,” and while they wanted to update it they didn’t want to change it too much. They eventually settled on the “gorilla walker” style to imply their greater strength.

Good thing he avoided derivatives.