The widespread criticism faced by Rian Johnson’s film Star Wars: The Last Jedi doesn’t affect J.J. Abrams, and he even claims that major portion of the hate being witnessed by the movie is due to the fact that some Star Wars fans are “threatened by women.” There is no doubt that The Last Jedi has created a great rift among fans and everyone has very detailed complaints with the film, and one recurring complaint is about the movie’s diversity. While some fans love Laura Dern’s character of Admiral Holdo and Kelly Marie Tran’s Rose Tico, there are others who hate them.
In a recent interview, J.J. Abrams clarified what is the source of the hatred for The Last Jedi, and he minced no words. The director believes that the negative sentiments are not caused by the film, rather, in his opinion, some “fans” of Star Wars are feeling “challenged by women,” and they find the internet to be a good vent for their ire. He said.
“Star Wars is a big galaxy, and you can sort of find almost anything you want to in Star Wars. If you are someone who feels threatened by women and needs to lash out against them, you can probably find an enemy in Star Wars. You can probably look at the first movie that George (Lucas) did and say that Leia was too outspoken, or she was too tough. Anyone who wants to find a problem with anything can find the problem. The internet seems to be made for that.”
Concerning the complaints related to The Last Jedi and the demand to get it removed from the canon, J.J. Abrams is unperturbed. The noise and hatred are not going to affect Star Wars 9 according to him. Rather, he confessed to being excited to depict Rey, Poe, Finn and Kylo Ren in the last episode of the ongoing trilogy. Abrams said this when questioned about the fan demand and its impact on Star Wars 9.
“Not in the least. There’s a lot that I would like to say about it, but I feel like it’s a little early to be having the Episode IX conversation… I will say that the story of Rey and Poe and Finn and Kylo Ren – and if you look, there are three men and one woman, to those that are complaining that there are too many women in Star Wars – their story continues in a way that I couldn’t be more excited about and cannot wait for people to see.”
J.J. Abrams is not a novice when it comes to taking over franchises and facing criticism. He began with the Star Trek franchise and is now busy with his second Star Wars project. No wonder he is well-versed with the criticism. But, he is not bothered by it either way and might not be able to complete his next film with due dedication if he went on taking into account everything suggested by fans. Abrams talked about the loyal and passionate Star Wars fans. This is what he said.
“I think everyone is going to have their point of view. Certainly, something I discovered early on in the Star Wars world, is that you’re going to have an incredibly passionate and vocal fan base, and they’re all going to have a lot of specific opinions.”
So that’s it. J.J. Abrams won’t be succumbing to the fans as he goes about making Star Wars 9 which is scheduled to start filming this summer. Women are going to remain onboard the Star Wars, and Rey will become increasingly powerful after the Jedi training and reading material that she stole from Ahch To. J.J. Abrams’ vision about the prevalent negativity about The Last Jedi is not something that will be sweet music to all, but, it is his personal opinion, and he is the guy in charge of the next Star Wars episode, not us. Go ahead and read for yourself the complete J.J. Abrams interview at Indie Wire.