This past Saturday was Hayden Christensen’s 33rd birthday and while I don’t note birthdays on the site, I have been for the past year or so on the SWPAS Facebook page.
The official @starwars Twitter account usually acknowledges the birthdays of various Star Wars alumni but it didn’t mention Hayden at all on April 19. Neither did the U.S. official Star Wars Facebook page. Starwars.com did as well as the foreign language official Star Wars sites on Facebook. Nothing changed on Saturday, not even after I tweeted them and after Barbara from Hayden Fan News bugged them too. Maybe some of you did as well. But as of April 21, there’s been no apology, no belated acknowledgement, no nothing. Official Star Wars fandom social media totally blew it off.
The fact that they were at WonderCon is no excuse. There really weren’t more than a handful of tweets from the con on @starwars and most of those were of cosplayers on the floor. The Rebels panel was being covered by IGN and other fan sources. You mean to tell me they were sooooo busy they couldn’t remember the guy who starred in two of the films and played the saga’s most pivotal character thus far? Please. What’s the over/under they’d forget say, Harrison Ford if San Diego Comic Con was going on the same time? Even if they did, they’d get flooded with fans saying, “Hey, dude, you forgot” and I bet they’d quickly rectify it.
Forgetting something like this might seem like a small thing and I doubt Hayden’s crying in his beer over it. But it’s a small thing that has added up time and time again over the lack of respect official fandom has for the prequels, the folks in it, and the fans who love them.
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