You might remember when Disney got ahead of itself by trying to create some sort of controversy over the hiring of black actress Moses Ingram for the Disney+ series “Obi-Wan Kenobi.”
We are proud to welcome Moses Ingram to the Star Wars family and excited for Reva’s story to unfold. If anyone intends to make her feel in any way unwelcome, we have only one thing to say: we resist. pic.twitter.com/lZW0yvseBk
— Star Wars (@starwars) May 31, 2022
Bro, no one had said anything. IndieWire ran a story on Lucasfilm warning Ingram about racist “Star Wars” hate: It will “likely happen,” they predicted in advance.
Salon has a piece out about “The Fandom Menace,” toxic fandoms that inject “right-wing thinking” into pop-culture touchstones such as Marvel, “Star Wars,” and Disney.
A great article on @Salon examining toxic fandoms, and how Gamergate, Comicsgate and The Fndom Menace are all just ploys to monetise racism, sexism and inject right-wing thinking into pop culture. https://t.co/7s1dgtXUPa
— Tom Muller (@hellomuller) July 2, 2022
“A great article…” pic.twitter.com/PutmqE1fH2
— Number 6 (@Number6_) July 2, 2022
"Great Article" pic.twitter.com/RSIiUacIIA
— Paul (@Paul70Marsh) July 2, 2022
"A great article on Salon….." pic.twitter.com/VMi0Da87i3
— Kaptain Amusing (@kaptainamusing) July 2, 2022
There are no great articles on @Salon .
— 🟨Lil' Bertarian⬛ (@theedeepee) July 2, 2022
It's not a "great" article, it's a stupid article with a lot of projection. It's not YouTube content creators who inject right wing thinking into pop culture, it's the radical left in your country which injects radical identity based agenda into every type of entertainment.
— Ciri (@ciri2019) July 2, 2022
Here’s a pretty lengthy excerpt, but it’s necessary to get the tone of the piece by Melanie McFarland across:
Regardless of how they identify, each is a cancer cell in a larger amorphous hate blob descended from Gamergate and Comicsgate, infecting the fandoms of the most ubiquitous entertainment franchises in the world – mainly Marvel, Star Wars and other Disney titles.
It’s also leaderless and therefore easily deniable, allowing it to proliferate in spaces designed to be escapist and unserious. Because of this, most journalist coverage of fantasy- or comic book-related TV and movies caters to consumers engaging with these shows and films in good faith, in the form of episodic analysis or the specific artistry informing its visuals and scripts.
This may be the reason that our coverage and condemnation of these hate eruptions has taken on a reflexive pattern, too. I’ve certainly been guilty of this in this publication and elsewhere: We report on the offense, quote the reactions of person being targeted and amplify the voices rallying to support them. We boost the notion that malignant actors within fandoms are limited to a small group that excels at being louder than the reasonable majority.
We report on the offense, even if the offense hasn’t happened yet.
They say SJWs always project. I can't imagine why. LMFAO
— COMICARTISTPRO SECRETS (@EthanVanSciver) July 2, 2022
Maybe the shows are just trash and normal people don't like them
— Clifton Duncan (She/Her) (@cliftonaduncan) July 2, 2022
The shows and movies are lacking in real creativity, and are being rejected. It’s creators, rather than taking criticism, are blaming a shows failure on “toxic fans and white supremacy.” It’s ridiculous, and this poorly researched article proves it
— Steph Anie (@mynerdyhome) July 2, 2022
I've crawled all over the Internet & seen criticisms of these properties ranging from bad writing to bad acting to cheap sets/costumes & then I've seen the crocodile tears from paid defenders of these properties as they scream about racism & pretend none of the criticisms apply.
— Hodge Mann (@mann_hodge) July 2, 2022
"Inject right wing thinking into culture."
All of this comes down quite simply to this. Lefties control the arts and people are just kind of tired of it. It's okay if every God damn piece of popular music, art, and media isn't all left wing.
— Eric Newbury (@newbury_eric) July 2, 2022
Communists cannot allow competition. Because they would always lose.
— Mason Capwell (@MasonLCapwell) July 2, 2022
So in order to deflect criticism for trash shows that inject propaganda when they should be injecting actual story, you’re screaming racism. Got it
— Sicilian Hobo POC (@liberallyhome) July 2, 2022
CRT, race essentialism, intersectionality, race/gender quotas, racial discrimination, hiring discrimination, misandry, & segregation haven't found their way into Hollywood? Seems like it has, & those groups are just a reaction to the far left injecting leftism into pop culture.
— 🇺🇲 NY Otaku 🇵🇷 (@ShieldHero55) July 2, 2022
Yeah it's the fans. Not terrible writing, terrible acting, and woke nonsense that's the problem.
— Trip Smugless (@TSmugless) July 2, 2022
Actually it's a sh%t article smearing a lot of decent men who have helped many people through charitable giving and support. They are justified in their anger that the concepts they loved were co-opted by activists to promote an agenda that is antithetical to the original themes
— Elvisgrr (@lisa_visger) July 2, 2022
Darn what we really need is more left wing thinking. We just don’t have enough of that in pop culture.🤔🙄🤦♂️😂
— Dapperdan68 (@dapperdan68) July 2, 2022
Sorry we don’t like the garbage coming out of the grooming media outlets you prefer
— Hunter’s Crackpipe (@MaryCohen68) July 2, 2022
More like left wing invading culture and twisting it to their liking, ruining things that were once great and failing to make new things succeed.
— Tee Jay Dubyiu (@TeeJayDubyiu) July 2, 2022
"Everyone I disagree with is a misogynist racist nazi that is toxic." No, your outlook on fans is just toxic, divisive and rotten… and the shows the woke create are objectively garbage. Simple as that.
— 🚨 Excient 🚨 (@ExcientMedia) July 2, 2022
This is a ridiculous and ridiculously long article by someone made that “Ms. Marvel,” a Disney+ show about a female Muslim superhero, has a 6.1 user review rating on IMDb. It’s obviously Islamophobia.
Star Wars gets ahead of the racist backlash against black actress by creating said backlash out of thin air https://t.co/ZzCGY4GitC
— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) May 31, 2022