The subject of toxic fandoms has become a hot one as of late, especially in regards to certain films and genres including “Star Wars” and Marvel/DC films.
The issue doesn’t apply to those critical of the work itself, but rather those fans who go far beyond genuine criticism, petty dismissal or even basic trolling and go straight to personal attacks, insults, harassment, threats and cyberbullying of actors, producers, directors, creators and others involved in a film and beyond.
Today, “Guardians of the Galaxy” director James Gunn has spoken up about the abuse in the wake of the story earlier this week about how Jar Jar Binks actor Ahmed Best spoke about contemplating suicide in the wake of the harassment he received from disgruntled “Star Wars” fans. He says on Twitter:
“People responding to this post saying, ‘Yeah, it wasn’t the actor’s fault! It was the writers!’ are missing the point. Critique it. Don’t like it. But spewing hate and bile at individuals just doing their best to tell a story, even if the story sucks, is lame. Don’t watch it.
Star Wars (or any movie) may be important to you, but it doesn’t belong to you. If your self-esteem depends on how good you think the current Star Wars is, or your childhood is ruined because you don’t like something in a movie, GO TO THERAPY.”
His comments follow in the wake of comments earlier this week from filmmaker Chris McQuarrie who was exposed to a fraction of the online abuse that his friend and colleague Rian Johnson still receives on a daily basis following the release of “Star Wars: The Last Jedi”.
A group of “Star Wars” fans recently announced an intention to remake ‘Last Jedi’ and artist Fernando Reza recently came up with a poster which offers a ridiculously over the top grindhouse-style interpretation of ‘Last Jedi’ and satirically skewers the various criticisms from the group who are reportedly not impressed with it. Johnson, however, has reacted understandably:
My teaser poster for the Last Jedi Remake is now up in the shop. Poster done, now all we need is a script, a cast, the rights, a director, money, and talent. https://t.co/PhEdA1CHYY #RemakeTheLastJedi #JulyTheSecondBeWithYou pic.twitter.com/j8VczWNHX4
— Fernando Reza (@frodesignco) July 2, 2018