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– by Campbell Clark

 

It seems as though directors everywhere are uniting against the fan backlash against movies they dislike. We recently shared a story about James Gunn making comments against the practice, and we all know about the ridiculous remake campaign for The Last Jedi.

RELATED: James Gunn Speaks Out Against Angry Star Wars Fans

Now Wolverine director James Mangold (soon to be Boba Fett director in the Star Wars universe) has weighed in on the fan backlash debate that’s gathering steam. Here is what Mangold said when he took to Twitter.

Here’s the thing, there are two types of fan backlash and I do feel that the artists may be focusing on only one aspect of this backlash, that being the most negative and toxic kind.

Let’s face it, this all comes from Star Wars: The Last Jedi and the backlash against Rian Johnson for that movie. If you read this site regularly you will know I really disliked, I thought it was poorly written and potentially canon-busting, and probably a few other things I won’t go into again here.

For me, there is a distinction between valid criticism of a movie and stalking, abuse and death threats. I absolutely feel both Rian Johnson and Disney should sit up and take note of the valid criticisms of The Last Jedi. However, these valid critiques are being drowned out by a bunch of idiots calling for heads and trying to raise $200 million to remake a movie they didn’t like.

If you did not like The Last Jedi, hey I agree with you, but debate it online, write about it, discuss with friends or vote with your feet. Do not threaten directors and insinuate that a movie has ruined your life because it hasn’t.

If fans really want to show Disney how the sequel Star Wars trilogy should have been handled then go and write a fan fiction story showing how you would have done it and release it online. You never know, maybe you have a talent for stories? Truthfully the vast majority of people won’t even finish the first draft of Episode 7, because it’s harder than it looks.

The point is that there are valid ways to express your dissatisfaction with the way Star Wars is going and there are particularly nasty and toxic ways of doing so. By doing the latter you allow the studios to dismiss the valid criticism as well, in other words, it weakens your stance.

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SOURCE: James Mangold (via Twitter)