In October 2018, The Hollywood Reporter published a piece called, “‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Negative Buzz Amplified by Russian Trolls, Study Finds.'” For some reason, that year-old study (and theory) was picked up on Christmas Eve by Annalee Newitz, who published a piece in the New York Times titled, “‘Star Wars’ Fans Are Angry and Polarized. Like All Americans.”
And so the study claiming that Russian trolls were behind as much as half of the online hate for “The Last Jedi” was pushed into the forefront again. To emphasize her point about America being polarized, Newitz wrote that “… a recent study by Morten Bay, a University of Southern California digital media researcher, 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.”
"It's Putin's fault that Star Wars sucks now"
— 🎅It's🎄Almost ⛄️Christmas🎁 (@jtLOL) December 26, 2019