Recently JJ Abrams addressed the negativity that’s been growing in the Star Wars fandom over the last couple of years. Star Wars fans have always fought over Star Wars, as someone who lived through the OT, the SEs, and the PT; I’ve seen it all. But social media and the internet sort of amplify the last two years, causing the filmmakers to address it while on the press tour for The Rise of Skywalker.
In a short interview with Variety, John Boyega discusses conflict in the fandom:
What I don’t like is the conflict between ‘ships. I think it’s the most stupid thing in the world. This is “Star Wars.” It’s a big universe. Someone can be a Reylo and then you know, someone can like the fact that you know, Finn and Poe are together. Someone can like, you know, Poe and Rey together, whoever. It’s “Star Wars,” you know? Let’s all have fun! The conflict is when I’m like, all right, “Let’s all calm down.” [laughs] This is “Star Wars,” not “Tribal Wars”!
He makes a great point.