JJ Abrams Addresses the Negativity in Star Wars Fandom

You’d have to be living under a rock for the past two years to not know about the negativity in Star Wars fandom. You can’t express an opinion about liking something related to Star Wars without having people respond to you with angry talking points parroted from a YouTube channel about why you’re wrong for liking what you do.

In an interview with Esquire, JJ Abrams addressed that fan negativity:

 I think that the bigger question is: How has everything changed? The reaction to Star Wars, the increased attacks, the increased negativity, the Fandom Menace as they call it, you know, that is not unique to Star Wars, obviously. And I think we live in a time where if you’re not being divisive, if you’re not creating something that’s aversive quick-bait, sometimes you don’t quite feel like you’re playing the game. I always loved Star Wars because it’s got a huge heart. Did I always believe in and agree with every single thing that happened in every movie, whether it was the prequels or the original trilogy? No. But do I love Star Wars? Yes. So, for me, I hope — and I’m sure naively — we can return to a time where we give things a bit more latitude. We don’t have to agree with every single thing to love something. I don’t know anyone who has a spouse or a partner or any family member or any friend, who loves and agrees with every single thing that that person is and does. We have to return, I think, to nuance and acceptance. And so I feel like, as a Star Wars fan, do I love every single thing about each of the movies? No. But do I love Star Wars? Hell yes, I do.

I haven’t been the biggest JJ Abrams fan (I really don’t like Into Darkness), but he what he said is really perfect about the state of Star Wars fandom and I’m afraid people will take it the wrong way and we’re going to see a month of stupid YouTube thumbnails claiming he’s destroying Star Wars…