Our old friend, Disney Shill Matt Miller from Esquire sat down with JJ Abrams for a “lightly edited” chat. Since only a tiny vocal minority is interested in JJ’s thoughts on Star Wars, we’ll focus our attention on JJ’s comments about the Fandom Menace.
ESQ: Over the last couple of years since The Last Jedi came out, I’ve been writing a lot about the response to that movie, and some of the toxic fandom around Star Wars in this new era. And there are some fans who take issue with the filmmaking, other fans who take issue with some of the more progressive themes. I’m curious, how do you watch the response to Start Wars movies change in this modern era compared to maybe the prequel series or how fans originally responded to them?
JA: I think that the bigger question is: How has everything changed? The reaction to Star Wars, the increased attacks, the increased negativity, the Fandom Menace as they call it, you know, that is not unique to Star Wars, obviously. And I think we live in a time where if you’re not being divisive, if you’re not creating something that’s aversive quick-bait, sometimes you don’t quite feel like you’re playing the game. I always loved Star Wars because it’s got a huge heart. Did I always believe in and agree with every single thing that happened in every movie, whether it was the prequels or the original trilogy? No. But do I love Star Wars? Yes. So, for me, I hope — and I’m sure naively — we can return to a time where we give things a bit more latitude. We don’t have to agree with every single thing to love something. I don’t know anyone who has a spouse or a partner or any family member or any friend, who loves and agrees with every single thing that that person is and does. We have to return, I think, to nuance and acceptance. And so I feel like, as a Star Wars fan, do I love every single thing about each of the movies? No. But do I love Star Wars? Hell yes, I do.
JJ, we’re not married to you, or your crappy ideas. We don’t like the direction you’ve taken Star Wars in general. We don’t like that you carelessly discarded George Lucas’ treatments for the Sequel Trilogy. That’s not going to change, nor is our rejection of your Sequel Trilogy. It’s not going to change until your Sequel Trilogy is wiped from canon, rebooted, and written over. Accept it.
Thanks to Obi-Wan Kenobi for the tip.
Anonymous (and hilarious) pop culture critic Dicktor Van Doomcock, has weighed-in on this development with a hopeful response.
Originally published here.