Archive for July, 2018

Padmé To Appear In “Thrawn”

July 11, 2018

Not only is Anakin going to play a big role in Timothy Zahn’s upcoming “Thrawn:  Alliances,” so is Padmé.  Check out the awesome artwork that will appear on the exclusive edition from Barnes & Noble!

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Clone Wars Clothing Collection Teased

July 11, 2018

Cool Stuff For Prequel Fans

July 5, 2018

Anakin And His Angel posted a bunch of cool stuff for prequel fans (especially Anidala fans).  They include stamp sets, pins, stickers, and t-shirts…like this brand new shirt from BoxLunch!

Podmé Episode 5

July 5, 2018

Podmé, the only podcast entirely devoted to Padmé Amidala, has just posted its fifth episode and it’s entirely devoted to discussion of what we all love about her, her fashion!

Fandom Can’t Be Fixed If It Has No Shame: A Commentary

July 4, 2018

I hate to talk about this on a summer holiday when it’s supposed to be about happy vibes, but I was heartbroken to see this story (also on Ahmed Best’s Twitter) about the actor considering ending his life in the wake of the anti-TPM/Jar Jar backlash.

The comments on the THR story are horrible.  I don’t know if these guys are “fans” or not.   Sometimes trolls are just trolling.  But whether they are or not, I’ll just say this.  If you can read about a human being’s pain and say he deserved it or something along those lines because of a movie, you’re not a “fan.”  You’re not motivated by love for anything.  You’re not noble or brave.  You’re not a “rebel” fighting against the Lucas empire.  You’re just a no-good piece-of-crap sociopath.

Which brings me to a lot of the “fandom is broken and toxic” commentary I’ve been seeing lately.  Like I said, the good news is they’re finally noticing the consequences of the nastiness and cruelty of fandom.  The bad news is it seems to me nobody is really taking responsibility.  They act as though this started when Lucasfilm had the temerity to put an Asian actress in a Star Wars film when those who do know realize this has gone on for 20 years.  The ones who should be looking at their own behavior or their failures to act are instead pointing their fingers at straw men or certain factions they don’t like because it makes for a convenient distraction.

As I posted on Twitter yesterday, the fandom of the late ’90s needs to take responsibility.  They let this get out of control.  But the media, especially the so-called geek media and the entertainment media, are perhaps the most responsible.  They encouraged this behavior.  They cheered it on.  They laughed at how “everyone hated Jar Jar.”  They accused Jar Jar of racism.  They mocked and denigrated.  They didn’t care about the consequences or how it hurt an African-American actor.

Lucasfilm needs to take responsibility too.  It failed to protect its actors during the prequel era and that had real consequences.  I alerted the publicity department last week about someone who had abused her access to denigrate someone involved with Star Wars in a very cruel, vulgar way on a podcast and if they don’t do something about it this time, then they’re still not looking out for their performers.

Instead, fandom seems content to fight over podcasts, threaten each other, accuse poster artists of racism, and tell Rian Johnson for the 800th time they hated TLJ with every cell of their being while the Entertainment Weeklies and Nerdists and IGNs of the world wonder why Star Wars fans are so horrible.  Nothing’s going to change until people look themselves in the mirror and really think about their behavior.  I don’t want to hear about somebody in Star Wars now ending up mentally broken or addicted or worse yet, dead because of what was done to them.   This has to stop.

 

Fans’ Rules Of Engagement With Creators

July 3, 2018

While dealing with creators, fans should:

Be respectful. Whether it’s positive feedback, criticism, or a combination of the two, fans should choose their words carefully. Don’t lash out at someone in anger, no matter how tempting it might be. (I’ve made this mistake.) Refrain from using profanity or other demeaning language. Never threaten anyone with harm.

Be constructive with their criticism. Asking questions is fine but it should be to further your understanding, not to try to “trap” the creator or to annoy that person. Don’t be obtuse. Too many fans aren’t as interested in sincere engagement as they are in trying to be obnoxious. Keep your comments focused instead of lobbing one accusation after another.

Remember creators are not out to hurt your feelings and therefore you shouldn’t be out to hurt theirs. No filmmaker or author or artist gets up in the morning and says, “Ah, how shall I make people angry today?” If you didn’t like a book or movie, or even if you found some aspects of it offensive, you might take it personally but to assume the creator did it only to hurt YOU–one of 5 billion people on the planet–is nuts. But many fans act as though that’s the case, which justifies in their mind making that creator “hurt” in retaliation.

Be patient and understanding. Some creators, especially actors, have millions of followers. They are busy people and cannot respond personally to every question or tag or other attempts to get attention.

Avoid tagging creators to drag them into fan arguments. Ugh, I hate this. Fans do not need validation from anyone to settle scores or to promote some pet cause.

Do their research. Don’t attack a screenwriter for a casting decision or how a scene was shot: it’s not their department. Figure out first whether or not that individual would have a say in those decisions. Also, don’t assume a creator will always agree with you on any host of things.

Never assume anything about that person if you don’t know.

Remember once a decision’s made, the creator has to commit to it.

Remember that while you are paying to see a movie or buy merchandise or whatever it is, that act does not grant you ownership.

Know that nothing’s keeping you in the door. If you find you don’t enjoy something anymore, find something else that makes you happy instead.

Are The Recent SW Flicks More Influenced By The Prequels?

July 2, 2018

I’m not a big fan of ScreenRant but this article makes a compelling case for the prequels’ thematic influence on the sequels and standalone films.

Star Wars fandom is no stranger to debate, and one of the biggest ones right out the gate with the sequel trilogy was the perception that it was actually ignoring the prequels for the sake of original trilogy nostalgia, and while it’s true that, to an extent, the sequels look more like the original trilogy, thematically they harken back to the more complicated story of the prequels.

Ahmed Best Contemplates Speaking Tour

July 1, 2018

Ahmed Best asked on Twitter if fans would be interested in a TPM 20th anniversary international speaking tour on all things Jar Jar and Star Wars:

I think it’s time for the prequel guys to tell their story. Stay tuned!