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:

Lucasfilm Rep Astonishingly Believes They Are Putting Out Quality Product

Brandon Katz from the observer.com asks the question, What Happens When a ‘Star Wars’ Movie Finally Bombs?

In it, Brandon interviews Bryan Young for his take on the current state of Lucasfilm and the Star Wars franchise.  Bryan young is touted in the article as an “author, filmmaker, journalist and uber-Star Wars fan.”  He’s also a contributor for starwars.com.

Here’s what Bryan has to say:

“I think Lucasfilm is working to find the best people for the job.”

The Last Jedi discredits that thinking.

“Kathleen Kennedy is essentially casting directors for the stories that she and her group want to tell.”

That’s the problem.  The stories that Kathleen Kennedy and her group want to tell are awful.

“When those people aren’t providing the job that she expected, they’re going to get replaced. I think the behind-the-scenes shakeups are a result of Lucasfilm wanting to make the best movies possible, and those shake-ups will continue if they feel they aren’t getting what they want.”

Are the behind-the-scenes shakeups the result of Lucasfilm wanting to make the best movies possible?  Or are they the result of Kathleen Kennedy wanting things done in her own special social justice way?  There’s a significant difference between the two.

“Perhaps they’ll be more judicious in who they choose, but I don’t think anyone is safe if they’re not turning over a quality product.”

I’d argue that they’re not safe if they are turning over a quality product, given the content in Disney’s Star Wars thus far.

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Disney/Lucasfilm’s quality product.

“I don’t think there’s anything they can do to hurt the brand, honestly.”

Bryan Young is unfamiliar with the concept of “cooking the golden goose.”

“We’ve lived through the holiday special and the Ewok Adventures… I’d argue the Special Editions and the prequels were actually more divisive than any backlash for The Last Jedi, and Star Wars made it through that era just fine… “

You might argue that, but you’d be incorrect.

I’m old enough to have actually watched the Holiday Special live when it first aired on network television.  I’ve seen the very first film in the theaters during it’s original theatrical run in 1977, and have been a part of the fan base ever since.  I can tell you from first hand experience, that I’ve not seen any backlash even remotely on this level, not even with the Prequels.  With the Prequels, the OT Special Editions, and even the original OT itself, the criticisms were always just that; criticisms of something that folks still loved, warts and all.

Though Lucasfilm would undoubtedly love to convince the public otherwise, the reality is that this backlash is something entirely different.

“As long as they’re turning a profit for Disney, I think they’ll be left to their own devices.”

“This really is a team of people looking to tell stories first.”

No.  It’s not.  It is a team of political activists wanting to use the Star Wars franchise as a vehicle to propagandize a moronic political agenda.  They are not artists or storytellers.

“That they get to slap a Star Wars logo on it all just means it’ll make money.”

Not according to the toy and merchandise sales as of late.

“The Last Jedi is the seventh highest grossing film of all time.”

Yes, but there’s much more to consider than just that, such as all of this.

“I don’t think they’re sweating it.”

The Heroic Musicians of the Titanic continued to play as the unsinkable ship sank into the icy waters, in an effort to calm the passengers…

UPDATE

SC Reviews offers his own great perspective on the observer.com article.  Thanks for the shout out!

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Tony Gilroy Craps On Gareth Edwards

For those who may not know, Tony Gilroy was the man that Kathleen Kennedy chose to aid Gareth Edwards in the direction of Rogue One.  Gilroy stepped in and righted a the production which Lucasfilm felt had veered off course, much like the situation with Solo.  Tony Gilroy has recently made some statements on the matter.

Aaron Couch of Hollywood Reporter quotes Gilroy as saying:

“If you look at Rogue, all the difficulty with Rogue, all the confusion of it … and all the mess, and in the end when you get in there, it’s actually very, very simple to solve,” Gilroy said of the film. “Because you sort of go, ‘This is a movie where, folks, just look. Everyone is going to die.’ So it’s a movie about sacrifice.”

Choosing his words carefully, Gilroy signaled how much of the project was changed after he boarded. (Star Ben Mendelsohn has said “an enormously different” version of the film exists.)

“I came in after the director’s cut. I have a screenplay credit in the arbitration that was easily won,” said Gilroy.

“I’ve never been interested in Star Wars, ever. So I had no reverence for it whatsoever. I was unafraid about that,” said Gilroy. “And they were in such a swamp … they were in so much terrible, terrible trouble that all you could do was improve their position.”

Rogue One debuted to strong reviews (85 percent on Rotten Tomatoes) and earned more than $1 billion at the global box office, but Gilroy doesn’t have plans to return to a galaxy far, far away.

“It doesn’t appeal to me,” he said of making another Star Wars film. “But I don’t think Rogue really is a Star Wars movie in many ways. To me, it’s a Battle of Britain movie.”

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Now let’s hear Gareth Edward’s side of the story…

I’m wondering if the backlash to The Last Jedi, might serve as a catalyst for more candid remarks from those on the inside, particularly given Simon Pegg’s recent remarks.

I’m also wondering if Kathleen Kennedy is deliberately hiring directors with no interest or reverence towards the franchise, because they’d be easier for her to control.

Simon Pegg Has Lost That Lovin’ Feeling

Lots of commenters are making hay over Pegg’s comments regarding Rey’s parentage.  Apparently JJ Abrams had something else planned, and Rian Johnson undermined that.  Big whoop.  I couldn’t care less about Rey’s parentage, or about anything regarding any Sequel Trilogy characters.  So I’m going to focus on a more interesting statement that Pegg made.

Adam Chitwood of Collider reports on a statement made by Pegg:

“When I saw The Force Awakens I had an odd sense of ennui during it. I felt kind of disappointed and I couldn’t figure out why. It ended at the premiere and I felt down and I was like, ‘Why do I feel down?’ And I realized it was because I’d been in it, I’d read the script, and I’d even contributed a little bit to the script here and there, so I’d been involved in it so it wasn’t a big surprise. So I watched the movie knowing everything that was gonna happen, so when that big thing happens to one of our favorite-ever characters, it wasn’t a surprise. I realized that the payoff for being in it was to have the experience of seeing it removed, and I wouldn’t swap that because it was an amazing experience, but it was a strange one.”

If being involved in the production of a film was a universal catalyst for “ennui,” then Mark Hamill would not have been able to maintain his undiminished enthusiasm for the franchise all these decades.  True, people do react differently.  But I think a much better and simpler explanation, is that The Force Awakens was just an awful movie.  A fact that many are only now discovering, now that The Last Jedi has shattered fandom’s nostalgia goggles.  I’m not sure that Pegg is willing or able to admit that.

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The rose tinted fashion glasses have lost their luster.

Rian Johnson Says TLJ Criticism Is Unfair, Mark Hamill Retweets Comments

Frank Pollata of CNN reports on an interview with Rian Johnson and Mark Hamill at the South by Southwest Conference.  I’ve written previously how it seems that Mark Hamill’s more recent comments have taken a turn against the fans, and here we get more of that.

What’s actually unfair is the effort to compare the criticism of The Last Jedi with criticism of The Empire Strikes Back as part of the larger effort to tear down the Original Trilogy, in a vain attempt to elevate the Sequel Trilogy, thereby making them both equal.  It’s vain because all one has to do is pop in the DVDs for both films and watch them, thus making any argument either way utterly meaningless.  The Last Jedi is no Empire Strikes Back.

But the argument is circling the internet anyway, and it’s always silly every time it’s repeated.

Granted, there was no internet as we know it now in the 1970s or 1980s.  But we didn’t live in caves.  We had communication.  We had fanzines.  We had Fan Clubs.  We had letters to the editors of Starlog and other publications.  We had telephones.  Heck, we even had internet bulletin boards in the 1980s.  You can watch the film War Games starring Mathew Broderick to get a sense of how that worked.  But more importantly, stars and directors received fan mail, through the old fashioned U.S. Postal Service.  Mark is old enough to know all of this.

But is the argument they’re honestly making here is that no one would know that The Last Jedi sucks were it not for the internet?  Even if that could be true, how would that be good for anyone?

Furthermore, those who have followed George Lucas’ career know that he’s always been a pretty good business man.  He produced each film with the profits he earned from the previous film.  So if The Empire Strikes Back were as poorly received as SJWs are now suddenly claiming when it’s convenient to do so, then Return of the Jedi would never have been produced.

The CNN interview continued:

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Mark Hamill recites the contents of his Twitter feed.

Thanks for telling us how we feel, Mark.  I guess psychiatry is a Force power now.  Why not?  Everything else is.

The only people I’ve seen feel entitled, are the SJWs who have been screaming their demands at Lucasfilm as to what kind of characters and actors ought to appear on screen and in print.

I understand that for Mark Hamill his time with Disney has likely been an emotional roller coaster ride.  So I’d like to cut him some slack here.

But at some point I’d like to think that Mark Hamill will be open to considering the possibility that the movie just isn’t very good.  Blaming the fans for not liking your movie is never good policy.  Particularly not the fans who defended Mark when they thought that Disney was mistreating him.

Boyega Dismisses Backlashers

John Boyega, the man who plays the Finn character in the Sequel Trilogy, and who played a role in the purely imaginary black stormtrooper nontroversy, tells The Daily Telegraph that criticism of The Last Jedi comes on from:

“…one tweet from a guy with three followers and then a lot of people react to it.”

Ilara Brophy and Jessica Arrowsmith at The Daily Mail stupidly wrote:

The latest installment in the Star Wars franchise has bizarrely been called too ‘politically correct’ because of its more diverse cast.

Which of course is entirely incorrect given that Star Wars has always had a diverse cast.

So the writers at the Daily Mail would appear to be stupidly making things up.  What the criticism is about instead, is poor the film craft, and the deeply moronic social justice propaganda.

The Daily Mail also writes:

However, the ‘online backlash’ certainly didn’t deter people from seeing the film.

In fact, it did.  After the highly successful opening weekend, ticket sales waned fast.  And China showed total disinterest.  But apparently, the waning toy and merchandise sales, and the confirmed Rotten Tomatoes score, constitute “a tweet from one guy and three followers” according to Boyega.

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Unaware of reality.

JJ Abrams Invokes The Commonly Parroted “Threatened By Women” Chant

How many SJWs have recited the “Threatened By Women” chant in response to criticism of The Last Jedi?   Probably more than we care to count.

Kate Erbland of Indiwire reports:

“As he prepares to get back into the “Star Wars” universe, the filmmaker gets honest about fan criticism of “The Last Jedi” (and how it won’t impact his next feature).”

“As he prepares to reenter the “Star Wars” universe with his upcoming (and still-untitled) Episode IX, “Force Awakens” filmmaker J.J. Abrams is unbothered by the recent backlash to the diversity of “Star Wars: The Last Jedi.” Asked by IndieWire about pushback from “Star Wars” fans who decried Rian Johnson’s film for its focus on more female-centric stories (bolstered by the edition of franchise newbies like Laura Dern and Kelly Marie Tran), Abrams was clear: “Their problem isn’t ‘Star Wars,’ their problem is being threatened.”

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A new villain threatens the galaxy.

Indiewire reported:

“In December, an alt-right group claimed responsibility for lowering the film’s Rotten Tomatoes scores, claiming that its issues with the film partially stemmed from “introducing more female characters into the franchise’s universe.” 

Rotten Tomatoes has confirmed that no one was hacking the audience score for The Last Jedi.

Abrams stated:

 “If you are someone who feels threatened by women and needs to lash out against them, you can probably find an enemy in ‘Star Wars.’ You can probably look at the first movie that George [Lucas] did [‘Star Wars: A New Hope’] and say that Leia was too outspoken, or she was too tough. Anyone who wants to find a problem with anything can find the problem. The internet seems to be made for that.”

Except that no one was lashing out against women, who have had a prominent role in Star Wars for 4 decades, as I wrote about here.  Rather, what people are lashing out against instead, is the moronic feminist politics, which I’ve written about here and here.  Here’s a video that Abrams desperately needs to watch:

But understanding the criticism of The Last Jedi requires understanding the distinction and difference between feminist ideology and the female gender, which are separate things now, in a modern age in which men can and do routinely claim to be feminists.  Even JJ Abrams himself, a man, has won an award from the feminist Athena Film Festival.  So criticism of feminist ideology does not automatically translate into criticism of women. Nor does criticism of feminist ideology automatically constitute a War on Women™.  Caitlin Busch of inverse.com explains this distinction in the context of the Star Wars universe:

“Side note: feminism isn’t just about people who identify as women. The film’s main male characters — Finn, Poe Dameron, Kylo Ren, and Luke Skywalker — were all allowed their own room to grow and change and feel their feelings, which is a subject that more male-focused feminism often looks at. In our world, men are often told time and time again that they’re not allowed to feel emotion; the guys in The Last Jedi were not only allowed to feel emotion but encouraged to, and that’s lovely.”

But for anyone worrying that the backlash against The Last Jedi might cause some course correction, fear not.  JJ Abrams is digging his feet in, and warning movie goers that this train doesn’t stop:

“Asked if fan outcry would at all impact his vision for the upcoming film, Abrams was clear. ‘Not in the least…'”

Abrams continued:

“…there are three men and one woman, to those that are complaining that there are too many women in ‘Star Wars’…”

No one is complaining that there are too many women.  Rather, they are complaining about too much feminism instead.  Again, understand the distinction.

Abrams continued:

“We’re not asking to take away the male point of view or male artistry or male contribution…” 

This comment runs in stark contrast to bold statements from online feminists, who wrote:

“In many ways the female power of The Last Jedi feels like a fitting tribute to the late Fisher, the fearless and unapologetically feminist Force of Star Wars. It may have taken four decades, and one infamous gold bikini, but women are finally running the galaxy far, far away.”

“Why ‘The Last Jedi’ proves that Star Wars’ future is female”

“”New Star Wars belongs to a new generation, and this time it’s women.”

“Let’s be honest, the women steal the show.”

Indeed, even Kathleen Kennedy has expressed that she didn’t feel the need to cater to male fans.  And remember, the Force is now exclusively female, gender equality and equal representation be damned.  What is that, if not taking away the male point of view or male artistry?

I would very much like Mr. Abrams to explain to Star Wars fans how his incredibly stupid statements apply to real world women, who are also complaining about The Last Jedi.  Are those women also threatened by women?

Why would fans who have watched strong females in Star Wars for 40 years in the way of Leia and Amidala, and indeed Rey in his own Force Awakens, suddenly feel threatened by women now?

Is Abrams not aware, that a big portion of the criticism for The Last Jedi involves not following through on mysteries he set up in The Force Awakens?  Is he aware that many complain about the lack of screen time and dialogue given to Captain Phasma; a strong female character?  Why didn’t JJ step aside when Kathleen Kennedy approached him to direct The Force Awakens, so that a woman could direct instead?  Is he some kind of bigot for not doing so?  We already had 5 Episodes directed by white males.  Why did we need a 7th?  What about fairness?

Abrams then cited Black List founder Franklin Leonard, who tweeted in October of 2015, “When you’re accustomed to privilege, equality feels like oppression.”

Abrams continued:

“I can see why people might get freaked out by it, but the people who are getting freaked out are the people who are accustomed to that privilege, and this is not oppression, this is about fairness.”

Abrams like many others forget the meaning of the word “war” in Star Wars.  Star Wars was never about equality in the galaxy.  It was never about a slice of life as depicted by some galactic census bureau.  Star Wars was about wars being fought in the stars; hence the word “war” in Star Wars.  Wars are inherently unequal and unfair, as they are predominately fought by men.  When women start signing up for Selective Service, then maybe Abrams will have some ground to stand on when he prattles about fairness.

That’s not to say that women should not appear in Star Wars.  They can and have for 40 years.  And I’ve written here about how genuinely interesting female characters could be portrayed in the Star Wars scenario.  But perfect equal representation just isn’t applicable to wartime settings, and feminists tend to agree. War is one of the primary things that feminists like JJ Abrams say is an expression of toxic masculinity.  Although,  maybe the goal of these Disney films is to imbue women with the toxic masculinity that manifests itself as war.

What this is really about, is pandering to the small minded political fashions of the moment, which will serve only to severely date the Disney films.  I also think he may be pre-fabricating an excuse for the potential box office disaster of Episode IX, if this backlash were to grow.

But Abrams is right in that this doesn’t qualify as oppression, as long as customers are not forced to consume this product, and are free to take their money elsewhere.  I’m sure that attacking a sizable portion of the fanbase with bogus insults will do wonders for Episode IX ticket sales.  Good luck, chap.

Joseph Gordon-Levitt Makes Some Interesting Points

Joseph Gordon-Levitt recently published a thoughtful essay entitled A New Old Skywalker.  He makes some interesting points and argues heavily in favor of a changed Luke Skywalker.  I’ve already written about my own thoughts on the character here, so I won’t retread old ground.  Except to briefly say that it wasn’t so much the choices that were bad, but the execution.

One of the most frustrating points in both The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi, was that Luke’s backstory was far more interesting than the plots of either film.

Though I still have serious doubts as to whether the genuine Luke Skywalker would actually contemplating the murder of his own nephew while he slept, the story of Luke attempting to establish a Jedi school, failing some of his students, and the school’s students fracturing into different factions, would have been far more interesting a plot for the whole trilogy.  It would have been a far more interesting scenario, than just giving us an Empire 2.0.  I think that’s where the real backlash in that regard comes from.  They sprung Luke’s change on the fans, rather than taking us through the journey.

Some will argue that the new films couldn’t focus on Luke Skywalker, and that is true.  But even in the scenario I suggest, Luke needn’t be the primary character; his students would have been.  And that sounds suspiciously like what George Lucas would have put forth.  I suppose that’s what I was always primarily interested in; the story that George Lucas wanted to tell.  Warts and all.

Levitt

He may be wiser than he looks.