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– by Seth McDonald

UPDATE: Well, things have taken a bit of a turn. Henry Walsh, the man behind this petition has just posted a message regarding this petition…and it certainly seems to change the circumstances behind this petition.

Here’s what he had to say:

I put this petition up because I was upset and I was on strong pain medication. Last December I was in a vehicle accident and am still trying to get the surgery and such, it really messed up my knee and leg and put me in a wheelchair. If I sit up for a long time it really starts hurting.

So after spending the time to get to the movie, watch it, and get back I was in ridiculous pain. I was frustrated and medicated. So, I made this petition. It was a bad idea at the time and I feel that we are pooling our efforts in not a healthy direction.

While supporting this petition is important, and I too have a deep love for Star Wars, I recommend we maybe send this in a new direction. There are tons of people, and causes, who need help, and we are here for Star Wars.

I couldn’t get the help on GoFundMe to help pay for my surgery, and yet *this* gets this kind of attention? To the point that this petition has been in multiple news publications at this point? How many other people out there need help and can’t get attention?

I’m not comfortable with that…

I love all of the support, but we also know that Disney isn’t going to do anything, and with so many people, who have much better causes, who are struggling to gain attention it is a shame that this is getting this level of media attention.

So please, while we all love Star Wars, I urge every single supporter who signed this, to also take a few minutes to look at other petitions on Change.Org, ones that are important, or look at causes on GoFundMe. Places where we can make a difference that matters.

Will this change anything? Probably not, as the petition is still bringing in signatures, but it was an interesting development, nonetheless!

ORIGINAL STORY:

Well, no matter how Star Wars: The Last Jedi turned out, I think we all knew there was going to be a petition of some sort.

Fans have started a petition on Change.org to remove Rian Johnson’s The Last Jedi from official Star Wars canon. This has been the most divisive Star Wars film to date, and the bold moves by Rian Johnson have split the fandom like never before.

You can check out the petition HERE.

 RELATED: Star Wars: The Last Jedi – Rian Johnson Explains That Last Scene [SPOILERS]

The Last Jedi will not be removed from canon, no matter how many signatures are obtained. That’s just not going to happen.

If you guys have read any of my recent articles you know that I did not love the film, I am pretty much on the opposite side of Jammer (who notoriously loves it), but I wouldn’t say I hated it by any means (It’s still Star Wars, sorta), there was just a lot of aspects of it with which I strongly disagreed.

One big issue I have was how Johnson handled Luke. Am I to believe that, Luke Skywalker, the man who went to great lengths to redeem his father (who was the number two most evil man in the galaxy at the time) considered killing his padawan, and nephew in his sleep? Because he was scared of what he might become? That just doesn’t sound like Luke to me, or sound very Jedi-like, and for me just ruined Luke — the Luke I grew up knowing anyway.

Did you like the film, or will you be signing this petition? Let us know in the comments down below!

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Source: Change.org

  • Venomaide

    What bout the prequels?

    • Joseph Jammer Medina

      A lot of fans are claiming the prequels are better than TLJ

      • TheOct8pus

        Wow….I dare those people to sit through Ep 1 and 2 and claim they’re “better” than any other movie…

        • Yeah, the prequels mostly stink. Decent idea badly executed

        • TheFrank

          I’ve sat through Eps 1 & 2 several times. Not a problem. My nieces enjoyed themselves and so did I.

          I was forced to sit through TFA because I was over at my cousin’s house with his kids. That’s the only time I’ve ever seen it or want to see it. Were there cute moments? Yes. Was it a Star Wars movie? No. I’ll give you this – BB-8 was the best thing going for that movie.

          Honestly, how do they even make a Star Wars movie and not put the original three actors in the same scene together at least once? Fans had been waiting how many decades for that magical moment to happen and… All they got was a Luke cameo & Han getting shish-kabobed by Darth Emo. Seriously. There’s fan-fiction that’s parsecs ahead of that tripe. I know; I’ve read them.

          Enjoy Ep. 9.

      • AndyInCleveland

        That is just being petulant because somebody actually dared to take THEIR story in a way that THEY didn’t conceive of while playing with THEIR action figures in THEIR mom’s basement at the age of 31.

      • TheFrank

        They are. I still watch them on occasion.

        Unless you enjoy moments such as Carrie Poppins and Luke doing the Lightsaber Limbo.

        What I absolutely love about this situation is how all of you ‘Sequel Suckers’ who cried out at even the prospect of George writing the sequels are getting your just desserts now. Yup, you got George thrown under the bus because you thought that you were going to get the OT again but all you got was a Greatest Hits compilation for Ep. 7 and… Well, I’m not even sure what you’d call Ep. 8…

        Enjoy Ep. 9.

      • Venomaide

        I doubt it. But i havent seen TLJ yet.

  • Danny B

    Seriously?! Fucking asshats….
    Open the front door and go explore the world people, there is life out there….

    • Kindofabigdeal

      The last time he went outside he saw The Last Jedi on percoset.

  • M@rvel

    This is news?? Fan petitions are so ridiculously stupid and they never work.

  • TheOct8pus

    AHahahahaahahahaaaaa!!! Idiots!! This just proves that there’s a huge faction of Star Wars fans that are just idiots.

    Maybe they just want a remake of the OT, with younger, hotter actors and more CGI….

    • Kindofabigdeal

      With flames on the Millenial Falcon.
      Darth should be a chick with Boobs. Anika Skywalker.
      Her lesbian lover Panda Garsea.
      Their immaculate adopted twins Lewis and Leandra.
      And the ultimate weapon the Death Black Hole.

  • Kronx

    Was Luke really wrong though?

    As I pointed out elsewhere, if a guy’s first response to being threatened is to murder the whole school with a secret cabal of loyal Force-users, kill his father and become Space Hitler, then maybe he DID have issues with morality.

    • Kindofabigdeal

      Space the saber, spoil the apprentice.

  • Lenin1959

    Hilarious! I don’t like episode 8 although it had some good ideas and TO ME it is not in MY canon, but this petition is just childish. Disney owns Star Wars and uses its rights to (SPOILER) kill the heroes of the OT fans no matter how stupid and arrogant this is.
    Here is what those fans COULD do: Don’t watch it anymore. I won’t watch episode IX on the big screen and if enough other people who don’t like what Disney does to and with Star Wars do the same, a message has been sent. It won’t change the past decisions of the Mousepire (unless they don’t do a Dallas scene with Luke waking up at the end of episode IX and the movies were just a bad dream he had – I WOULD LOVE THAT!) but might make them rethink their approach for the future. Although I don’t think it would – suits count money and that is all they care about (shareholder value!).

    • Kratos

      +1 for the dallas reference. you coulda also used “newhart”…i digress

    • TheOct8pus

      Dallas!!! ahahaaa!!

    • Ian Finnimore

      I dunno – I think some attention needs to be paid to unhappy customers surely?

      In most situations you can get refunds, especially with false advertising etc just look at no man’s sky – steam etc refunded & mass effect 3 had a better ending added.

      Perhaps Ep9 & the blue ray sales is where we can make our complaints heard but that will get spun & blamed on streaming etc..

      Elsewhere its been highlighted that Justice League has decent fan scores but bad critical reception – it’s considered a failure, Last Jedi is opposite at the moment so it’s a success according to the media – unhappy customers don’t matter when they ain’t getting the cash back.

      It’s consumerism despite being marketed as “art” .

      • Cuban9222

        The Last Jedi is a success because it’s going to make in a week what Justice League has made in a month at the box office…

  • Yerko Vidal Cvitanic

    Who are this people?

  • 2 Left Thumbs

    So these people claim to be originally fine with Disney working outside of the canon within the novels, but as soon as it wasn’t exactly the way they wanted they throw a big hissy fit?

    The movie isn’t perfect. There are some pretty major plot holes, and weak subplots. But goddamn people…

    • Kratos

      no shit. i’m not a super fan of the prequels….but if thats the way george says it all went down…then goddamnit thats the way it all went down. same thing goes for JJ and rian with respect to TFA and TLJ.

      • 2 Left Thumbs

        See, I am fine with this stance! If all these people had problems with Disney abandoning the established canon, then they should have hated TFA as well!

        I just don’t like the way some people were fine with TFA, but now are pissed off at TLJ.

  • Derek NOLA

    we live in a world where people are really starting to hate their fans lol

  • Kratos

    i like many others have my reasons for disliking TLJ….but yeh this “petition” is outright silly.

  • Black_Ace

    The Luke that saved his father was young and idealistic. You get grumpy and disillusioned when you get old. Take it from an old guy like me.

    • AndyInCleveland

      And we forget even young idealistic Luke at certain points was only moments away from finishing his father off.

  • Salty SeaDawg

    Christ on a bike. People need to grow the f*@k up. Petition about corruption in corporations and government, petition against poverty and its causes, petition against insane gun laws that lead to mass killings.
    I love everything Star Wars, spent my childhood digesting the Novels as soon as they came out (loved Thrawn and Jedi Academy) grew up with an image of how the sequels would play out if ever we were lucky enough to get them.
    Now I’m lucky enough to take my kids to experience Star Wars on the big screen and embrace a Space Opera / Fantasy / Sci-Fi story.
    It’s not playing out how I pictured it, Leia Poppins was a bit out of place, but there are so many unexpected places this can go…. Plus Luke is gonna wreck shit up as a force ghost.
    If you don’t like it, read your legends books, chill the f*@k out and point your anger and petitions towards something that counts.
    Peace Out.

  • Sammy Boy

    Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha…eeehhh…Hahahahahahahahahahahahahaha

    I love the Internet.

  • ejd1984

    Overall, I liked the movie and see no need for a petition. And I LOVE what how they movie played Luke’s story line.

    My only irk/gripe is Rey’s parental “reveal”. Remember: “The saga films focus on the Skywalker family,” Kennedy told The Costco Connection. Oct 2 2015

    Hopefully Abrams can correct a few things.

  • SaiyanHeretic

    It was a single moment of weakness, which Luke immediately felt terrible about (and says as much in the movie), because he is a human being like the rest of us. That’s called character development. Just because he got old doesn’t mean he has no more room to grow. Insisting that he should be forever perfect and infallible is childish, and nothing would have been more boring than if Luke had not changed at all in the 30 or so years since ROTJ. Hell, Yoda straight up bonks Luke on the head and tells him that our accomplishments mean nothing if we don’t also learn from our failures. These are important lessons for real life too, ya know.

    • Joseph Jammer Medina

      I feel ya, brother.

    • Madara7

      All of this. It didn’t really surprise me at first, but as the days go by and I see more of these arguments railing against Luke’s characterization, it’s starting to harden my own position against their complaints. Did this many people fervently believe they’d see Luke from the EU? (This is very commonly cited as the ‘proper’ continuation of the characters story). After Timothy Zahns books, his story devolved into pure fanfiction pap.

      He just has to get married and have powerful force babies with a bombshell chick and become the most powerful grandmaster of a new army of Jedi, that’s the standard. Projection much? Beyond him, that entire universe took a turn in which Leia was being forced to walk on two broken legs by one of the worse designed alien antagonists ever conceived. Yet it’s in TLJ that Star Wars has died? The shit has issues but please.

      The Skywalkers have a hard knock life, things did not go well for Anakin after fighting a brutal war for years (or any of his masters), his wife dies, the kids are orphaned, they end up fighting their own wars… But hey the suffering should end for them right there, they should fade away after rotj in pure bliss surrounded by a dozen grand babies.

    • Kay

      Thank you for being a reasonable person. So much agreement.

  • M@rvel

    This just in! More bullshit! I fail to understand how hurting your leg and getting fucked up on pain pills has anything to do with writing a stupid and pointless petition about Star Wars…. he’s wondering why this petition got more attention than his gofundme?? Seriously??

    • Kindofabigdeal

      I want to donate him a quarter and tell him to call someone who cares, but he probably doesn’t know what a phone booth was.

  • claudiomario

    See you around kid

  • Kindofabigdeal

    Maybe people would have liked it more if Rian put Leia in the slave outfit for old times sake.

  • Victor Roa

    Heavy meds, wow…. I’m surprised I haven’t done that when I’m on my whiskey benders.

  • Danny B

    Well there is that moment in ROTJ where Luke almost ‘struck down’ the Emperor, right? He didn’t because he had a moment of clarity/goodness/lightside or something. I’m just saying that there is precedent for this particular character arc…

    • Ian Finnimore

      You learned to swim, became an instructor but just forgot everything you ever learned & allowed a pupil to drown saying “hey sorry I can’t swim”..

      You randomly run into traffic or bonfires because once you learned the dangers .. well you became even stupider despite having a degree in health & safety?

      Illogical hence people having issue with Luke’s treatment.

      .

    • Greg Davis

      In fact, he does go to strike the Emperor down, but Vader’s lightsaber parries just in time. It was Vader who didn’t want his son to become a murderer.

      • Danny B

        Good point buddy. Or perhaps Vader was protecting his ‘boss’. However, my point (right or wrong fanboy fanatics) was that Luke had a little moment….

        • Greg Davis

          I agree; he often showed impulsive behaviour.