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Kelly Marie Tran and Toxic Fandoms

by Mark Laherty

[This article quotes some extremely racist Internet abuse, so, heads up.]

I was going to write a piece about the so-called controversy surrounding the Solo box office figures because the algorithm demanded it. Then Last Jedi actor Kelly Marie Tran deleted her Instagram, apparently to evade the harassment that’s followed her for the last six months. We now have something more urgent to talk about. Why is the Star Wars fandom like this?

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Avengers Fatigue

by Mark Laherty

On April 21, director James Cameron made some controversial remarks about the Avengers franchise.

“I’m hoping we’ll start getting ‘Avenger’ fatigue here pretty soon. Not that I don’t love the movies. It’s just, come on guys, there are other stories to tell besides hyper-gonadal males without families doing death-defying things for two hours and wrecking cities in the process. It’s like, oy!”

At the time, there was a lot of backlash to this on social media. A lot of people pointed to a perceived hypocrisy; much of the fatigue around the Marvel Cinematic Universe comes down to the sense that they’re churning out sequels on a conveyor belt. Cameron can hardly take the high ground on that topic since he’s working on four (!) Avatar sequels even though much of the original response to Avatar was muted. It’s also unreasonable to say that families have nothing to do with Marvel movies like Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 or any of the Thor films.

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Snap Judgement: Villain Apologism and You

By Barry “IronicSnap” Neenan

[This article contains spoilers for Star Wars: The Last Jedi, we guess.]

I hope you’re sitting down for this, dear reader. I’m about to hit you with quite the revelation: Star Wars fans are arguing online.

Yes, with Disney’s revival of the Skywalker saga, a new generation gets to live and breathe the quintessential Star Wars experience of bickering violently over nothing. Is the casting tokenistic? Will we tire of the planned barrage of yearly films? Is The Last Jedi the worst film ever made? Isn’t Oscar Isaac dreamy? This article isn’t about these questions, although here are the answers: No, Yes, How quickly we forget Phantom Menace! TLJ had flaws but admirable intentions and easily beats any of the prequels, and Heck Yes.

Instead, I’d like to discuss the modern fandom’s largest but most controversial ship: the belief, strongly held by many, that the sweaty desert girl totally has the hots for the lanky fascist with poor impulse control. Who tortured her one time.

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