Mark Hamill is known for fanning the flames on social media and is an infamous troll when it comes to anything relating to the Sequel Trilogy. On the off chance he does express his opinion though, he is lambasted by “new fans”, or, for a lack of a better word, social justice warriors who believe the old cast should have a minimal role, if that. Hamill recently tweeted an image from a friend of the site, StevenWayneArt. Steven is a fantastic artist, a critic of the Sequel Trilogy, and a master meme maker.

For those who do not know, #TheFandomMenace is a movement, which we are a part of, which pushes back against the identitarianism and social justice politics that have been inserted into Star Wars. Now, one may argue that Star Wars has always been political, but this isn’t the case. From the words of George Lucas himself:

Toxic Star Wars Fans Lambast Mark Hamill

Toxic Star Wars Fans Lambast Mark Hamill

 

 

Some took this image Tweeted by Mark as an attack on their beloved Sequel Trilogy, especially the toxic #Reylo subset of the fandom. Our friend Chucky Wendig, who we had a hand in getting fired, even put in his two cents, along with other prominent entertainment writers and far-left media personalities who saw this as a personal attack on the new cast. They stuck to their usual buzzwords, saying that Hamill was catering to the alt-right, biggoted, and misogynistic aspect of the fandom. All because of a picture and the sentiment expressed by said image.

Toxic Star Wars Fans Lambast Mark Hamill

Toxic Star Wars Fans Lambast Mark Hamill

Toxic Star Wars Fans Lambast Mark Hamill

Toxic Star Wars Fans Lambast Mark Hamill

This is a popular sentiment among the Reylo crowd: the older fanbase is toxic. I myself was not born when the OT came out (three years late), but I grew up with them none the same. I was in middle school through college when the Prequels came out. I loved them. They resonated with me in a way the OT didn’t, not because they were released in my lifetime, but because I identified with the characters on a level that I didn’t with Luke, Han, or Leia. The Sequel Trilogy is devoid of character development and Rey is the quintessential Marry Sue. She has no hero’s journey, she’s just ridiculously strong from the get-go. Luke was never like this. Anakin was never like this. Even Ben needed years of training yet still isn’t as strong as “Marry Sue” Rey. This is fact.

To attack Mark Hamill for posting this innocent picture though on what he thinks (and what we all think, aside from a few Reylos and Disney shills) is atrocious. The level of disrespect towards Mark, who played the most iconic character in cinematic history, who helped propel Star Wars into heights unknown, is sickening. Thankfully, Billy Dee Williams comes in for the assist! Later, Hamill gives a tongue-in-cheek apology-but-not-apology to those slandering him on social media.

What’s more disconcerting is this brand new group of fans that have arisen from the ashes of The Last Jedi who will do at nothing to lambast anyone who does not believe in Reylo, have criticisms of The Force Awakens or The Last Jedi, and believe fans who come before are old white men who can’t get over the fact that “Star Wars isn’t for them anymore.” Nothing could be further from the truth. There are legitimate criticisms of the Sequel Trilogy and the only true Star Wars is Star Wars created and overseen by George Lucas. Fact.

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I’ve been involved in the Star Wars online community since 1997; roughly 22 years now. I have never seen the fandom so divided. With Lucasfilm employees even chiming in, like Pablo Hidalgo, taking shots at Markover his Tweet, you know things are bad. Lucasfilm employees have been attacking fans ever since the release of The Last Jedi, and fans are fighting back and making their voices heard. It’s great that there’s a new generation of fans, but by that same token, many of them have no respect for what came before. This has never been seen over the last 40 years. Even those who grew up with the Prequels, such as my brother, have great respect for the OT and even prefer it to the films they grew up with in some cases.

Toxic Star Wars Fans Lambast Mark Hamill

Such is life though. Things will eventually quiet down, and I’ll enjoy my pre-Disney Star Wars Saga box set, as everything that has come after is merely fan fiction. Hopefully, these new fans can come to appreciate the original six films as made by the man who is responsible for all of this, George Lucas. He deserves better.

This is the real toxicity in the Star Wars fan community.

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Morgan Lewis is a Video Game Journalist and is the Founder, Owner, and Editor-in-Chief of VGCultureHQ. He has been writing about games for over five years and has written over 1,500 articles during that timespan. He first fell in love with gaming when he received A Link to the Past for Christmas when he was six and is the guywazeldatatt. He also loves anime and anything that has to do with gaming culture and Tetsuya Takahashi games. He is also a huge anime and Star Wars fan.

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