While I was away from a proper computer, Vanity Fair posted a piece on Hayden Christensen’s appearance at SWCO. The clickbait link on social media was titled “It’s time for Star Wars fans to forgive Hayden Christensen” while the actual story was a hodgepodge of silly assumptions based on nothing. Sure he had a jokey answer to his Star Wars Live interview question if he really disliked sand but so what? It’s a big fat nothingburger as per usual with the fake news media.
And in any case, there’s nothing to forgive. Christensen was hired to play a role and he did his job. I loved his Anakin. There was never any malintent on his part regardless of opinion of how he portrayed Anakin. The really awful things done and said by internet bullies and the media on the other hand were based on nothing BUT malintent. Their attitude was “it wasn’t done the way I wanted so I’m going to destroy this guy.” The media, quick to label people failures and eager to ruin anything Lucas touched out of vendetta against the filmmaker, jumped right in. Pathetically these jerks are still around. They overshadowed and silenced fans who have always been on Team Hayden or at least didn’t hate him. Those fans finally got to come out of the woodwork at SWCO, which I’m sure shocked the media. Many of them have been fans for years while I’m sure there are others who have discovered the prequels in recent years and haven’t been affected by Hayden-bashing nerds.
If anything, fans should be asking his forgiveness. Granted, he’s too nice, polite, and Canadian to hold a grudge or ask anything of fandom. Regardless of slings and arrows, he’s never been anything but gracious. I just think instead of saying, “Well he’s not a bad sort so let’s forgive him for a performance we didn’t like and for dialogue he didn’t write” we ought to be thinking, “Shame on us for being such a-holes. Shame on us for a geek culture that’s mean, overwrought, and wrong about a lot of things.” And especially shame on us for being far less Jedi-like than Anakin ever was.
It looks like Hayden had a great time at the convention; he probably had more fun than anyone else! I hope his reception at SWCO will encourage him to appear at future cons and I hope the media takes notice and stops listening to the haters.
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