Hollywood continues to pretend. Granted, it is what they do for a living, but they fail to understand the pitfalls of when they continue to do so offscreen. Many performers pretend their opinions are shared by everyone, that conservatives are not moviegoers, and they pretend anyone that dares think differently than what is heard inside their social bubble has some serious deficiencies.
They also pretend their insulting words have no consequences professionally.
On December 20 the latest episode in the Star Wars saga opens, ”The Rise Of Skywalker”, and actress Daisy Ridley is making the media rounds to promote it.
Daisy Ridley: ‘JJ Abrams warned me that Star Wars is a religion’ https://t.co/og9MN1oAeA
— The Guardian (@guardian) December 7, 2019
Daisy pretends in the interview that she is the smartest in the room. However throughout the inter in The Guardian we read there is a PR handler acting as a referee, to keep her on the company message. However, they failed to stop her in time before making this sweeping statement.
“No. I don’t feel I have to edit what I say – the things that make me angry are the things that make everyone angry. Everyone is annoyed with BoJo. Everyone has an issue with Trump – every sane person anyway.” She smiles brightly at me, almost apologetic, reluctant to expand. “It’s not that I don’t talk about this stuff, but other people are so much more articulate than me and say it better.”
Maybe NOT saying anything political nor insulting of your audience is a better option? Just spiballing ideas here, Daisy.
Ms. Ridley might be operating from a position of safety here. Her film is assured of being a smash hit of sorts, so she cannot really hurt things, correct? Except there are levels of success, and the Star Wars franchise has been shown to not be completely bulletproof.
Recent films under the banner have been looking at varying returns. ”Rogue One” generated interest but fell well short of the main franchise titles. The most recent installment, the Daisy Ridley-filled ”The Last Jedi” was not only distancing to fans over some of the cast comments but die hard fans also have issues with the film. That title came in more than $300 million below that of the previous release, ”The Force Awakens”. Then ”Solo”, a prequel filled with social activist messaging, did what many thought was impossible — it did so poorly in theaters it actually lost gobs of cash for Disney.
Ridley may want to start taking more cues from those PR flaks while on her promotional tour.