Last week, Professor Bethany Lacina published research revealing some important—if unsurprising—data about Star Wars fans. Using algorithms to analyse tweets about Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Lacina found that while only 6% of all tweets contained offensive language, and just 1.1% evidenced hate speech (including ‘ethnic, misogynistic, and homophobic slurs’), the results were worse when the gender and race of their targets came into play. In tweets about Asian-American actress Kelly Marie Tran or her character Rose Tico, offensive language doubled to 12%, and hate speech rose to 1.8%. Similarly, whereas one in 450 tweets directed at male podcasters contained hate speech, the figure was one in 280 for women. As Star Wars fans’ online bullying of Tran, fellow actress Daisy Ridley, and co-star John Boyega suggests, the fandom has a serious problem with racism and sexism. According to Lacina’s data, the culprits are proportionally few in number. … [Read more...] about Why Is Star Wars’ Inclusiveness Getting So Much Hate Now, When It Was Celebrated in the Past?
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If you keep up with online fandom, you may have heard that Kelly Marie Tran––one of the stars of Star Wars: The Last Jedi––deleted all of her Instagram posts after being bullied and harassed online. After joking that “it’s good to see Roseanne staying busy,” strong>Stephen Colbert came to her defense and said, “They attacked this beautiful, talented young actress for her ethnicity, her appearance, and her sex. And may I remind you: Kelly Marie Tran is the first lead woman in a Star Wars movie who is not white.” A bunch of racist nerds bullied Star Wars actress Kelly Marie Tran off social media. As Yoda would say, “Wrong with people, what the fuck is?” — Stephen Colbert (@StephenAtHome) June 8, 2018 And so Colbert presented a mock trailer for Star Wars Episode IX: Shut the Hell Up You Broken Hateful Dweebs specifically designed to piss off said dweebs even more. After multiple reports of the online harassment, … [Read more...] about Colbert Presents a Star Wars Trailer for the ‘Broken Hateful Dweebs’ Who Harassed Kelly Marie Tran
x Yikes, things for Lucasfilm just went from bad to worse. Although the full four-day estimate won’t be released until later today, I think it’s safe to say that Solo: A Star Wars Story will not be gunning for the Memorial Day holiday weekend box office record anymore. We learned yesterday that the Ron Howard-directed space western hauled in $83.3 million in its opening weekend, nowhere even remotely near the current record holder, Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End ($140M). The total, mind you, was also a little more than $10 million behind the figure put up by Justice League, another highly anticipated blockbuster that disappointed opening weekend, let alone the fact it severely underwhelmed at the box office, as well. When you mix the divisive reviews and production troubles with the fact that many people weren’t interested in seeing anyone else other than Harrison Ford portray the titular character, it isn’t … [Read more...] about Star Wars Fandom Is Blaming Solo’s Box Office Struggles On The Last Jedi
Less than 10 minutes after the marriage proposal, Lynn Sessions began making wedding plans. Not unusual — except the Shakopee-based Web developer’s wish list meant ordering a sheet cake decorated with Imperial crests and recruiting Darth Vader to officiate the ceremony. “None of my friends or family were surprised,” said Sessions, who met her husband-to-be as a Padawan learner during an online role-playing game. “Ever since my obsession started in high school, they knew this day was coming.” Next Friday’s release of “Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens” might be rekindling interest in the 38-year-old franchise, but for thousands of die-hard fans the fire never went out. Their allegiance hasn’t wavered, despite the pressures of grown-up responsibilities, competition from flashier comic-book heroes and the soul-sucking disappointment of “The Phantom Menace.” To those who waited in line on Black Friday … [Read more...] about The Force awakens for Minnesota’s ‘Star Wars’ superfans
6 minutes ago Now the story of a family who lost everything and the one son who had no choice but to keep them all together. No, it's not Arrested Development, it's actually Star Wars: A New Hope, but a new video has just debuted online featuring Ron Howard narrating the original Star Wars film in the style of the beloved sitcom, and it's absolutely perfect. Check it out, below. What a fun, sexy time we had watching that video! Framing George Lucas' 1977 sci-fi/fantasy classic through the Arrested Development lens, we watch as Ron Howard (the narrator of the legendary series AND the director of Solo: A Star Wars Story) chronicles the story of the Skywalker family. Running through the sheer number of logical inconsistencies, misunderstandings and outright lies told by the characters, it becomes reasonably clear just how much the Skywalker family saga from the Original Trilogy actually works within the framework of the Arrested Development format. In all honesty, it's actually … [Read more...] about Watch Ron Howard Narrate Star Wars Arrested Development-Style