Having missed Celebration VI, I was very happy to see video of the “Why We Love The Prequels” panel posted on YouTube (linked through my 9/13 post). What I liked about the prior panel at CV and this one was that it was one of the few opportunities to discuss the inner workings of the saga, something people seem to totally miss these days. It’s as though nobody wants to speak about that kind of stuff anymore. If Star Wars comes up, it’s usually in a context that’s not positive or very thoughtful. The panels had the feel of a late night college chat session, minus the alcohol.
Still I couldn’t help but feel everyone was tap dancing around the big white bantha in the room and that is what created this animosity toward the prequels and what, if anything, can be done about it? I suspect nobody wants to bring this stuff up because everyone wants happy vibes and they’re at an officially-sanctioned event. It’s too bad because lots of heads were there together and maybe somewhere in the mix would have been a few good ideas. After all, I came up with SWPAS at Celebration IV while talking to people who frequented the old Anakin/Padme Defenders thread on TFN’s message board.
Certainly, panels like this one are helpful and maybe those who missed it for whatever reason are able to see it online. Maybe a lone soul will say to himself, “Never thought of it that way before” and will give the films a second look. Maybe someone who feels the way we do will come out of his or her shell once they see other people validating their viewpoint.
But we’re not going to make serious headway if we don’t stop being polite and start being honest. Nobody addressed the second-class status of fans who appreciate the whole saga or how the prejudice against these movies is affecting what gets licensed. (Or when panels get scheduled, i.e. early in the morning on Sunday.) Maybe they were shooting for something more informative than a long kvetching session, but it doesn’t have to be purely that either. I’m just saying, “Sure we know these movies are cool. What do we do then to help convince the world?” And you can’t do that if you don’t acknowledge the obstacles and figure out a way to overcome them. To me, “wait for Gen-Xers to die” isn’t a solution. I am one after all. “Wait for those young kids to grow up” isn’t a solution, especially since I’m seeing posts along the lines of “I loved TPM when I was six but now I think it sucks.” It’s become almost expected that even non-basher types in fandom make some sort of statement denigrating the prequels. Don’t get me started again on stunts like casting bashers on Clone Wars. Just the other day, I unfollowed two non-Star Wars accounts on Twitter because of cheap shots at the prequels.
Our work’s not done, not by a long shot.
Tags: PT Activism