The legacy media puts on a strong performance.
On May 8th, 2019, the legacy media published a slurry of articles focusing on the purported backlash against the Prequel Trilogy, and Natalie Portman’s reaction to it.
Mashable – Natalie Portman admits ‘Star Wars’ backlash was tough
CinemaBlend – Natalie Portman Had A Tough Time Dealing With The The Star Wars Prequel Trilogy Backlash
IndieWire – Natalie Portman Says Negative Reaction to ‘Star Wars’ Prequels Was ‘A Bummer’
Pop Sugar – Natalie Portman Reflects on Star Wars Prequels Backlash: “It Was a Bummer”
Geek Tyrant – Natalie Portman Opens Up About the Negative Fan Response to the Star Wars Prequel Trilogy
Daily Mail – ‘It was a bummer because people were so excited’: Natalie Portman reflects on the negative backlash to the Star Wars prequels
Digital Spy – Natalie Portman opens up about Star Wars prequel backlash
Empire – Natalie Portman: Star Wars Prequels Backlash Was ‘A Bummer
The Playlist – Natalie Portman Talks ‘Phantom Menace’ Hate & Says It Was A “Bummer” To Disappoint ‘Star Wars’ Fans
MovieHole – Portman reflects on Star Wars experience, The critical panning of the films was a “bummer” says the Oscar winner
Express – Star Wars prequels star Natalie Portman on fan BACKLASH – ‘It was hard’
Surf The Spear – Natalie Portman on the negative reviews on the fans’ Prequel Star Wars “
The story even went international.
MoviePilot – Star Wars: So sehr traf Natalie Portman der Hass auf die Prequels
Shop Und Service – Natalie Portman auf den negativen Kritiken über die Prequel Star Wars Fans “
FotoGramas – ‘STAR WARS’: NATALIE PORTMAN RECUERDA CÓMO VIVIÓ LAS CRÍTICAS A ‘LA AMENAZA FANTASMA’
CinemasComics – Star Wars: Natalie Portman recuerda las malas críticas del Episodio I
Hobby Consalas – Star Wars – Natalie Portman muestra su decepción por las malas críticas de las precuelas
The most interesting aspect of these articles is that they were all published on May 8th, 2019, all within hours of one another.
But it’s clear that the legacy media’s intent was to manufacture another narrative similar to the ones concerning Ahmed Best and Jake Lloyd, both of which have been completely discredited. Just as the John Boyega narrative was discredited. Just as the Kelly Marie Tran narrative was discredited. Just as the Daisy Ridley narrative was discredited.
So what did Natalie Portman actually say? This:
“It was hard. It was a bummer because it felt like people were so excited about new ones and then to have people feel disappointed. Also to be at an age that I didn’t really understand that’s kind of the nature of the beast. When something has that much anticipation it can almost only disappoint.”
“With the perspective of time, it’s been re-evaluated by a lot of people who actually really love them now. There’s a very avid group of people who think they’re the best ones now! I don’t have enough perspective to weigh in.”
So Ms. Portman didn’t use the word “backlash.” She didn’t use the word “hate.” She didn’t use the word “tough.” She didn’t use the word “negative.” Rather, those were words used by the legacy media in their headlines, which were seemingly meant to characterize Ms. Portman’s actual words in a certain way.
This is very reminiscent of how an SJW will point to the NY Times piece by Kelly Marie Tran, as evidence that Kelly Marie Tran said whatever the SJW is claiming she said. When you helpfully point out that Ms. Tran said nothing whatsoever about her Instagram account in the NY Times piece, and that it was her editor instead who inserted the comment, you get blocked. Or when you have to point out that both Ahmed Best and Jake Lloyd blamed the media rather than the fans for their troubles from the purported backlash.
Having said all of that, this particular attempt at narrative fabrication doesn’t seem to have solidified in the parrotings of seething frothing SJWs. Then again, it may just need more fermentation time.
Regardless, how was it that all of these media outlets knew to report on this comment all within hours of one another, and all with nearly the same messaging in the headlines? Either the NPC meme is factual and reality-based, or there is some serious collaborative, cooperative, collusion going on in the Collective community.