Leading the charge on this boycott are a bunch of racists, white supremacists, and Donald Trump supporters. For some reason these people are angry about a movie that features a multi-cultural group of people fighting against fascist space Nazis. For some reason.
Like last year's boycotts, none of these people have seen the movie. If 2016 has taught us anything it's that baseless online rumors and deep resentments that stoke enmity are just as good as facts these days.
I get that 2016 has been an especially charged political year. Combine this with the increasing political climate of pop culture, geek culture, and nerd media prior to 2016 (e.g., Gamergate, Sad Puppies) and you have quite a powder keg of nerd rage ready to blow. Still, maybe stories about people destroying fascist regimes are a good thing regardless of the race, ethnicity, or gender of the protagonists.
Call me old fashioned, I guess.
By the way, early reaction from the Rogue One: A Star Wars Story world premiere over the weekend has been enthusiastically positive.
Rogue One comes out Friday.
[via AV Club]
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