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.

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.

 

White Dude Directing Entire Trilogy Doesn’t Want More White Dudes To Direct

While wading through Jen Yamato’s interview with Rian Johnson at the Los Angeles Times in which she refers to Backlashers as “cranky fans,” I ran across this little nugget:

As they were to his “Last Jedi” ideas, Lucasfilm seems open to shaking up the “Star Wars” universe, according to Johnson. “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.”

It’s so brave and bold whenever a white dude refers to white dudes as though he himself isn’t a white dude.  Don’t you think?

So why doesn’t Rian step aside, and let people of color direct his trilogy?  Please?

Rian Johnson also had some other kernels of wisdom:

Interesting.  As Lucasfilm and Kathy are pushing it forward, toy and merchandise sales are falling behind.  Apparently Rian and Lucasfilm are under the delusion that The Last Jedi made fans feel things and engaged them in the way that those original movies did.  I guess that’s part of what makes Hollywood an island of fantasy, surrounded by a sea of reality.

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Rian patiently explains how wonderful his lame decisions are.

UPDATE:

Jeremy from Geeks + Gamers offers his own perspective on Rian Johnson’s comments:

SJW Boldly Argues Against Points That No One Is Making

Social justice warriors want to be social justice folk heroes.  In order to achieve that status, they need to be fighting social justice issues like racism and misogyny.  If no one is being racist or misogynist, then they’re forced to respond as though people are being those things in order to earn social justice street cred.  This is why more often than not, the SJW argues against points that no one is making.  Such is the case here.

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They enjoy arguing against points that no one is expressing, and taking long walks on the beach.

Luke Giordano writes a piece at medium.com entitled, Complaining about diversity in Star Wars is a new level of baby boy stupidity.

The endless chorus of whining from Twitter eggs and YouTube commenters and the Trumpiest parts of the internet about how the agenda of Social Justice Warriors is infringing on popular media is so weak and pathetic, it’s incredible that they don’t see the irony of labeling others “cucks.”

SJWs are very practiced in seeing things that don’t exist, as we’ll demonstrate.

They get angry about the all-female cast of the Ghostbusters when the alternative was there being no Ghostbusters at all for the past twenty-five years. But I see the thought process. Something used to look like them and now it doesn’t.

Nobody got angry about Ghostbusters 2016 because the cast was all female.  Rather, what happened instead, were that fans were unhappy with the concept of the project being a straight reboot, rather than a continuation in the original GB universe.  What fans had hoped for and called for, was a story about another franchise of the GB company in a different city set in the original GB universe.  This would allow for cameo appearances from original characters and actors who might want to participate from time to time.  Additionally, it would have widened the GB movie franchise, by allowing for movies to be made of different GB crews in many different cities.  One of those crews could certainly be all-female.  So the all female cast was never part of the original complaint.  How that came into the picture, was when Paul Feig and some of his cast stupidly accused those critics of being sexist and/or misogynist.  Of course, Feig’s baseless accusations didn’t apply to the actual criticisms that were being made, but that didn’t stop uneducated SJWs such as yourself from parroting the fabricated narrative.  Ultimately, no Ghostbusters at all would have been far better than the Ghostbusters we were given in 2016.

Nick Fury used to be a cool Kurt Russell white guy instead of a cool Sam Jackson black guy.

Actually, Nick Fury used to be David Hasselhoff.  How cool that guy is depends on your own point of view.

At least I can trace the steps of how they got there, even if it’s a ridiculous conclusion to arrive at.

I’ll help correct you.

But the complaints about the diversity in the new Star Wars movies — first The Force Awakens and now Rogue One — are a new, special brand of baseless crybaby foot-stomping.

Actually there haven’t been any complaints about the diversity in the new Star Wars films.  That’s a fantasy that SJWs concocted, so that they have some social issue to fight against with their silly little raised fists as though it’s still 1968.  Diversity has been a part of the Star Wars franchise for a very long time, and you would know that if you had watched the films rather than just letting the past die.  The actors in the Disney era films are perfectly fine.  It’s the moronic social justice material they’re given to work with that is the problem.

These are not films that take place within the demographics or racial politics of modern-day America. They don’t have to rely on American and world history as the shared knowledge of how things got to a certain point for why people look and act the way they do. They’re not even like Game of Thrones, where the world acts as an alternate universe analogue to medieval Europe, which provides the real-life basis upon which you can add dragons and zombies. It makes sense for Game of Thrones’s racial and sexual politics to be similar to our world’s because the show is a reflection of our world — that’s the real life grounding that lets you get away with the dragons and zombies.

This doesn’t really apply to the universe of Star Wars.

Really?  Because many of the demands for equal representation and gender equality that SJWs screamed at Lucasfilm, stated that since the world’s population was 50% women, the Star Wars franchise should reflect that and have 50% female characters.  They made these demands despite the fact that the title of the franchise Star Wars has the word “war” in it, and wars are predominately fought by men.  So why should Star Wars reflect our world in one regard, but not in others?

The actors in the original Star Wars film are largely white and male because it was filmed largely in England in 1976. That’s who was available. The film is not very diverse because they most likely didn’t even consider it an issue at the time. This is not a fault on them in particular because all cinema was like this. It most likely wasn’t a conscious decision to make the cast of the film completely white, it was simply a reflection of the time it was made.

Also, normal people don’t obsess over the artificial divisions of race.

This is evident even by Return of the Jedi. The Rebellion is a coalition made up of humans of all races as well as various alien species. The highest leadership position is occupied by a woman. By contrast, the Empire is all white and all male. The difference between the two sides at that point had to have been a conscious creative decision. If the original Star Wars were made in 1983 it probably would have reflected the changing social climate of the time, the same as if it were made in 2016.

Or it could be that the first Star Wars film was a relatively low budget film as most science fiction movies were at the time, and that George Lucas only had the budget for aliens in the cantina, and not for much more aside from Chewbacca.

People who oppose this alleged “forced diversity” are probably aware of all this.

They’re also probably aware that compelling characters like Lando Calrissian from nearly 40 years ago had more depth and complexity than any of the characters in today’s diversity fashion shows, including the white ones.

But Hollywood, they say, is carrying out an SJW agenda.

They are, but it has much more to do more with the content of their moronic lecturing than it does with melanin content.

They’re artificially inserting more diversity because it makes themselves look good rather than it happening naturally, right?

When the characters are written poorly, then yes, it’s artificial.  They’re merely checking off a census quota.  I’d highly recommend reading articles by Erin White from Afropunk, and Lelanie Seyffer at Hypable, for some different perspectives.  It’s unfortunate that you’re unaware that this has all been done before, and has actually been regarded as racist in the past.

Even if this were the case — first of all, who cares? — it’s simply a casting decision to reflect how an alternate universe where there’s no reason to assume that white dominance ever existed would look like.

But Rogue One Co-Writer Chris Weitz stupidly tweeted:

Please note that the Empire is a white supremacist (human) organization.

So isn’t this Rogue One writer assuming that white dominance existed in the galaxy far, far away?

Giordano continues:

The Star Wars universe does not carry the racial or sexual baggage of Earth.

It does now that SJWs have barnacled themselves to the franchise.

By changing the casting, the creators are simply correcting an oversight that people made all the time in movies forty years ago.

Where have SJWs been for the last 40 years?

The narrative itself isn’t changing. No one in The Force Awakens is taking Rey for granted because of her gender. She’s not proving them wrong with Grrl Power. It’s a story about a woman but not because she’s a woman.

Within the universe, the story is in broad strokes the same as it would be if the character were male. What changes is how we the audience view and accept the themes, the characters, and the narrative with a female character in a position where a male character would typically be in this kind of film.

Well that’s pure nonsense.  The narrative has in fact changed, and it’s easily demonstrated.  As I write in my review for The Force Awakens, the writers were so anxious to prove that girls can be “even more so” than men, that they’ve forgotten the first phase in the hero’s journey. 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, gets his hand slapped by Han and has his piloting skills insulted,has to be defended by an elderly Jedi, gets insulted about his lack of height by Leia, gets mauled by a wampa, crash lands his X-Wing in a swamp, and gets his hand cut off during his very first lightsaber duel.  These are known as trials for the hero.

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. At least Disney will be selling plenty of Cover Girl Star Wars make-up.

But the Star Wars universe and the people and aliens who populate that world are not affected by it because it’s not an issue in their world like it is in ours.

Sure they are.  The Last Jedi is the story of a couple of days worth of failed missions that leads all but a dozen or so Resistance fighters to their deaths all because the women in charge forgot to gas up.  It pretty much affects everyone.

So to be upset about a black woman inhabiting a role in a film that would otherwise have gone to a big walking red fish guy is fucking stupid as shit.

Probably.  So it’s a good thing that no one is upset about a black woman inhabiting a role in a film that would otherwise have gone to a big walking red fish guy.

This is of course not to say that because this criticism of Star Wars has no legitimacy that criticism of the female Ghostbusters or the more diverse character casting of Marvel and DC properties is legitimate.

Who is saying that?  No one, that’s who.

It just highlights how rooted all of this kind of criticism is in pure emotion, with not an ounce of logic behind it.

Probably because that kind of criticism doesn’t exist, and is purely imaginary.

They complain about this stuff even in a universe where they have no history or demographics to point to.

In fact, they aren’t complaining about that stuff at all.

Not a single facet of Star Wars’s story even remotely hinges on the race of the human characters. But it’s still an issue to because a certain group of people — mainly men, mainly white — have a fear-based reaction to perceived irrelevance in our culture.

Why do you hate white men?

Not every casting decision needs to be perceived as a threat to your existence. 

No one is perceiving casting decisions as a threat to anyone’s existence.

There is more diversity in film and television because the world is constantly changing.

There has been for 40 years now.  Where have you SJWs been?

There will always be white male heroes in popular fiction. That’s not going to change. 

It’s not going to change?  But you just said that the world is constantly changing?

What’s changing is that there will be more heroes along side them that look different than you’re used to. 

We’ve been used to that for at least 40 years.  It’s not 1968 anymore.

No demographic is becoming irrelevant in our culture.  The only thing that makes people irrelevant is how unwilling they are to accept change.

Those changes took place decades ago.  This means that the only thing here that’s irrelevant is  your caterwauling.

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.

Chuck Wendig’s Morning Meltdown

As to be expected, Chuck Wendig is busying himself blocking anyone that voices an opinion contrary to his own. It’s highly entertaining to read Chuck’s mental meltdown.  He desperately tries to convince himself and others that the more than “6 shitty people” who are responding to his tweets are nothing more than trolls, sock puppets, and bots, in order to maintain his delusion that the backlash doesn’t exist.  That’s right, they’re still fantasizing about bots.  Enjoy!

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Chuck discovers that there’s more than six shitty people out there.

I’m sure that Chuck’s hilarious hysterics will continue throughout the day.

Happy Monday, Kathleen Kennedy!

Chuck Wendig Mindlessly Parrots John Boyega

Previously, John Boyega was quoted as saying that the backlash is:

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

Well, it seems that this particular bit of silly rhetoric is now making the rounds among other Lucasfilm representatives.

You may know Chuck Wendig as the author of the Star Wars novel Aftermath, which was celebrated for showcasing a gay character, and not known for much of anything else.  Recently, Chuck Wendig decided to tweet his own variation of the commonly parroted “tiny vocal minority” rhetoric:

What’s actually hilarious and sad, is that an adult like Chuck Wendig isn’t following the news of his own industry.

I’ve discussed how the $1.3 Billion dollar figure isn’t at all what it seems.  World Class Bullshitters confirmed this with their own independent commentary.  I’ve discussed the total failure of The Last Jedi in China.  I’ve discussed the waning toy and merchandise sales, as have others.  All of these discussions contain links to source articles from which the information comes, articles which Chuck Wendig apparently hasn’t read.

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Too busy chopping bugs out of his beard to read news articles.

Backlashers inevitably responded to Chuck Wendig’s tweet, and Chuck reacted:

Now, Chuck clearly knew that his original tweet would elicit a reaction.  How could he not?  So what’s equally clear, is that he had these two sentences pre-fabricated and ready to post the moment that he received six reactions.  He probably thought it would make him appear prescient and clever.  Ironic indeed.

Chuck is the guy who once said, “A small group of characters can change the entire galaxy.  You don’t need this colossal movement to change everything.  Sometimes you just need you and a couple of your scoundrels, friends, and wookies.”  Chuck apparently no longer believes this.

Chuck waffles though between claiming that there is no backlash, and subtly suggesting that Backlashers are bigoted:

We’ve all heard the age old question, “If a tree falls in a forest and nobody is around to hear it, does it make a sound?”  Likewise, if Backlashers don’t exist, then how can they be bigoted?  Chuck makes very little coherent sense.

But Chuck does follow the predetermined SJW behavior, by pretending that the backlash doesn’t exist.  The next phase will be to ignore the backlash, in a transparent attempt to depict himself as above it all.  When that doesn’t succeed, what follows will be seething, frothing, frustrated SJW barking involving an unintelligible overuse of  adjectives.

The great thing about this, is that further agitation of the backlash will serve only to amplify the scope of any potential boycott.  So in that regard Chuck is to be thanked for his essential efforts here.

It will be interesting to see if Lucasfilm pressures Chuck to delete his tweets.

Thanks to Geeks and Gamers for catching these tweets before they vanish.

UPDATE:

UPDATE:

Jeremy from Geeks and Gamers posts an update in the comments section of his video:

Well yes.  It’s what Chuck Wendig needs to do in order to maintain his delusion that you don’t exist.

Rian Johnson’s Explanation Tour Continues

Adam Rosenberg writes a piece at Mashable entitled, Rian Johnson has a thoughtful take on Luke Skywalker’s dark ‘The Last Jedi’ journey.

It’s been said before, it’ll be said again: Let the past die. Kill it if you have to.

And it’s been said before:

 Never before have the young men had so good a right to clean up the debris of the past.”

That’s the problem with letting the past die.  Without knowing what’s been done before, you keep making the same mistakes over and over again.

Adam Continues:

That’s what Rian Johnson did.

He certainly did.

Adam quoted Rian Johnson:

“If you look at any classic hero’s myth that is actually worth its salt, at the beginning of the hero’s journey, like with King Arthur, he pulls the sword from the stone and he’s ascendant — he has setbacks but he unites all the kingdoms,” Johnson told the SXSW crowd (h/t The Hollywood Reporter).

“But then if you keep reading, when it deals with the hero’s life as they get into middle-age and beyond, it always starts to get into darker places. And there’s a reason for that: It’s because myths are not made to sell action figures; myths are made to reflect the most difficult transitions we go through in life.”

Rian makes some pretty good points here.  But the decisions themselves were never really the issue.  It was how they were executed.  Having Luke enter a darker phase of his life would have been all fine and dandy, but instead of telling us what happened he should have showed it.  In all honesty, the backstory should have been the primary focus of the Sequel Trilogy.  One of the golden rules in film craft is show rather than tell.

For all the fandom anger that chased The Last Jedi‘s release — at least some of which wasn’t about the movie, really — 

You’re referring to the purely imaginary reasons that SJW activists desperately want people to be angry about.  Remember, strong female characters have always been a part of Star Wars.  One of the primary problems in the film is the eye-rolling social justice silliness, which SJWs don’t really seem to want to directly address.

…pretty much anyone who watched the movie with both eyes open comprehended Luke’s journey.

Everyone comprehended it.  It’s just that we thought it was executed stupidly.

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Really? Tell us more about your movie.