Are 'Star Wars' fans ruining 'Star Wars'?
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Are 'Star Wars' fans ruining 'Star Wars'?

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"Star Wars" fans are a rabid bunch, but sometimes that passion can be problematic. Plenty of critical fans were unhappy with "The Last Jedi," but some are going well beyond stinging online rebukes; actress Kelly Marie Tran faced racist online attacks, and some scruffy-looking nerf herders are now campaigning for the entire film to be remade. While many "Star Wars" fans say this group is nothing but a vocal minority, others say the fandom has grown too toxic to ignore. What do you think?

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NBC News THINK's Ani Bundel wrote Disney should have done more to stop the online trolling Kelly Marie Tran experienced, while also acknowledging that not all fans are horrible. 

Obviously, the vast majority of "Star Wars" fans are not abusive trolls. But it only takes a vocal minority to ruin the brand. To prevent this, Disney and Lucasfilm need to step up and loudly quash this nonsense. They have to issue press releases stating what should be obvious: that "Star Wars" is not here to cater to the whims of the white male fan, and thus anyone who feels differently is not a true fan of the franchise. They have to state, upfront, that any harassment of cast members will not be tolerated. They have to stop worrying about “alienating older fans” of the franchise. And they have to do it soon.

Syfy's Bryan Young wrote an in-depth editorial about the state of the franchise in 2018:

Star Wars is no stranger to detractors and defenders. Ever since The Empire Strikes Back came out, there have been these divisions between fans. And you remember the prequels, right? Not everyone loved those movies.
Two factors contribute to the current perception that Star Wars is being torn apart more effectively than the soul of Anakin Skywalker. First, there's so much content coming out; second, the internet. New stories leave different tastes in people's mouths, and the internet gives them the ability to complain about it ad nauseum.

Brace yourself. This is the type of hate actress Kelly Marie Tran faced below:

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Some fans are seriously campaigning for "The Last Jedi" to be remade. We're not kidding.

But some fans are refusing to cross that line.

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