Friend of the Craggus, Fernby, has written an excellent piece excoriating the state of Star Wars fandom in the wake of the news of Kelly Marie Tran being hounded off Instagram. In turn, he inspired me to wax, if not lyrical, at least passable.
Ode To Star Wars Fandom
They did not come for the Ewoks, not at first, anway.
First they came for Jar Jar Binks, and I did not speak out—
Because fuck that Gungan, man.
Then they came for little Annie, and I did not speak out—
Because, I thought, the kid was a bit wooden.
Then they came for Hayden Christensen, and I spoke out a little—
Because Hayden’s not a bad actor, just badly directed.
So they came for George, and I thought –
Yeah, he deserves a lot of the criticism.
Then Disney came for Lucasfilm and though I did not speak out –
I did rejoice in ‘a new hope’.
Then they changed.
When they came for Rey, I did not speak out—
But I did adore the character and never considered her a ‘Mary Sue’.
When they came for Finn, I did not speak out—
Even though it was clear they’d become a wretched hive of scum and villainy.
When they fermented and fetishized their own theories—
I did not speak out because I hoped they would want to go home and rethink their life.
When they came for Rian Johnson—
I did not speak out at first because I was still processing the complexity and audacity of The Last Jedi
Until when they came for Rose Tico actress Kelly Marie Tran—
I realised that even if I spoke out, I would probably not be heard.
They were too loud. Their hate had made them powerful.
That they would come, so ignorant of their own on-screen reflections in the First Order,
So unaware of the irony that attacking, with such hated and vitriol,
The most innocent character, played by one of the most enthusiastic fan/ actors,
And ignoring her message to save what you love rather than destroying what you hate,
Is the emotional and cognitive equivalent of Yoda’s syntax.
Instead they idolised the character who most spoke to them,
And The Last Jedi cut him in half and cast him aside as if he were nothing.
As if they were nothing.
Of course, they would revel in the problems of “Solo”
They had long since revealed themselves but at last they would have revenge.
A luminous fandom are we, not these crude beings.
It is time for millions of voices to cry out in defiance
And try to ensure that they are the ones who are silenced.
“Star Wars” fandom is reborn today.
The fightback is just beginning.
And we will not be the last real Star Wars fans.