What Arguments About ‘Star Wars’ Say About Democracy
A movie series’ fans are as polarized as everyone else.
This is why we can't have nice things.
NYT piece claims "over 50% of the venom directed on Twitter at Rian Johnson, director of 'The Last Jedi,' came from the same sources as Russian election meddling." That's not really what the study or its author says.
Jay Van Bavel
The vicious polarization within Star Wars fandom is not a phenomenon restricted to “Star Wars.” A recent study found that over 50% of the venom directed on Twitter at the #StarWars director came from the same sources as Russian election meddling.
New York Times Opinion
"Fights over 'Star Wars' cut to the core of American identity," writes
You: Stop looking for politics in Star Wars. Me: Episode IX kneecapped a woman of color to appease Russian bots.
“And a recent study ... revealed that over 50 percent of the venom directed on Twitter at Rian Johnson, director of “The Last Jedi,” came from the same sources as Russian election meddling.”
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Piece complains some Star Wars fans disliked the movie on account of its diversity. Maybe so, but by all accounts it's also a really bad movie. So, maybe hold off on accusing the fandom of racism, until the creators put out a decent movie.
Dr. Alex Hanna
"Call it the Joe Biden of 'Star Wars' movies." On point analysis from
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"The process of revitalizing American democracy doesn’t begin and end at the voting booth. We also have to tell better stories about ourselves." ‘Star Wars’ Fans Are Angry and Polarized. Like All Americans.