I want to start this post off by saying: Not All Star Wars fans 🙂 I wanted to address the darker side of the Star Wars fandom after I decided to scroll through Rian Johnson’s twitter account. He will make a tweet unrelated to Star Wars, yet fans will still harass him about The Last Jedi. I’m in agreement with fans in the sense that I had my issues with The Last Jedi, but I don’t think The Last Jedi is on the same level as the prequels. Star Wars is one of the fandoms I’m apart of where the toxicity and hatred in fans is astounding.
Kelly Marie Tran who plays Rose in The Last Jedi is one of my favorite human beings. I followed her Instagram to see posts from a celebrity who was down to earth and let her followers know how real she seems. Unfortunately, fans have decided to comment on her posts and harass her about her role in the franchise. This harassment led to Kelly Marie Tran deleting her Instagram account. This is not okay and as Star Wars fans, we should be better than this.
Let’s get one thing straight: the fans do not own Star Wars. Star Wars is operated by Lucas Film and Kathleen Kennedy who I absolutely adore. Therefore, you have no right as a fan to protest whether or not The Last Jedi should be canon or not. It is a movie recognized by the Star Wars franchise and frankly if you truly hate where Star Wars is going, than stop watching. I think we would all hold the door open for you as you leave.
Finally, I wanted to express how annoyed I am when fans say they don’t like the new movies because of “forced diversity”.!! Diversity allows every single culture to be represented on our movie screen. This could mean the world to a 6 year old African American kid or a 6 year old Asian American child to see someone who looks like them fighting off the First Order. It’s time for a change in our Star Wars movies to see a broad mix of different characters and actors instead of all white people.
Star Wars is a fandom I appreciate, but it’s certainly not my number #1 franchise I’m into. If you see this toxicity in your Star Wars fan groups, point it out. This behavior is unacceptable and Kelly Marie Tran deserves better than this.