Throughout the 40 year history of the Star Wars franchise, no single film has been as divisive as last December’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi. While some fans hailed it as a masterpiece and the best entry so far, others have slammed it for a variety of reasons.
One person who has no time for such complaints is filmmaker J.J. Abrams, who co-wrote and directed 2015’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
In a new interview, Abrams says of angry Star Wars fans, “Their problem isn’t Star Wars, their problem is being threatened.”
Critics and most fans have lavished praise on writer/director Rian Johnson for his work on The Last Jedi, but a very vocal segment of the fandom has been gaining a lot of attention.
On Rotten Tomatoes, Twitter, and other online forums, viewers have slammed the film for its feminist leads and perceived “political correctness.”
In addition to new lead Rey (played by Daisy Ridley), the film features strong performances from actresses Carrie Fisher, Laura Dern, and Kelly Marie Tran.
Johnson has been on something of an “apology tour” since the film’s release, taking to the internet to explain some of his choices in making the film.
Abrams has strong words for anyone who feels The Last Jedi featured too many heroines or other perceived slights against manhood.
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.”
It’ll be up to Abrams to figure out how to continue the major story beats put forth by The Last Jedi, as he’s signed on to write/direct the follow-up entry, as well.
The untitled Star Wars: Episode IX is slated to arrive in theaters next winter on December 20, 2019.