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Everybody Hates Rian Johnson

By Brian Richards | Star Wars | January 27, 2018 |

By Brian Richards | Star Wars | January 27, 2018 |


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Ever since Rian Johnson wrote and directed a little-known independent film known as Star Wars: The Last Jedi and it was released in theaters last month, there has been no shortage of opinions and think pieces all over the Internet from people putting in their two cents to let other people know what they think of it.

There are those who think that Rian knocked it out of the park and that The Last Jedi was the best Star Wars film since The Empire Strikes Back.

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There are those who walked out of the theater feeling disappointed over the fact that the film didn’t surpass or live up to their expectations.

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There were those who absolutely hated this film, to the point where they decided to put together a petition to have the film completely removed from existence (you know, like what happened to the original Ghostbusters after the all-female remake was filmed and released) and replaced with another film more fitting to be part of Star Wars.

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There were those who not only hated this film, but hated the fact that once again, just like they did with Mad Max: Fury Road , the Social Justice Warriors had to ruin it all by putting the wimmenz women in lead roles to say and do awesome things and also put a bunch of token diverse people in the movie to make it feel less like an Abercrombie & Fitch catalog photographed in outer space, and so they came together after meeting up in a basement somewhere for their usual SJW-hating circle-jerk and actually made a 45-minute-long, MRA-approved version of The Last Jedi with all of the female characters removed from the film.

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(I know, Princess Leia, I can’t believe it either. But someone actually felt the need to indulge in such fuckery and share it with the rest of the world)

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There are even people who think that because Mark Hamill said in an interview that he had once expressed doubts and had questions about Luke Skywalker’s characterization (you know, doubts and questions that many actors and actresses experience on many a film set, no matter the quality or content of the material), that was a clear-cut sign that Mark Hamill really does hate Rian and that he hates The Last Jedi as much as we all supposedly do. Even though Mark went on his Twitter page and shot those rumors down as if he was bull’s-eyeing womp rats no bigger than two meters in his T-16 back home.

But despite all of this animosity and all of these non-stop complaints being made about himself and his work, Rian appears to be handling all of this in stride. Case in point, he used his own Twitter page to get that dirt off his shoulder and shut down one popular complaint that Star Wars fans and Star Wars “fans” have been saying about The Last Jedi and its ending which (SPOILER ALERT) features Kylo Ren and Luke Skywalker facing off against each other with lightsabers in hand.

If you’ve already seen The Last Jedi, you will already know what Rian is specifically referring to. If you haven’t seen The Last Jedi yet, you’ll most likely just do a Scooby-Doo Head Tilt in response.

And just yesterday, Rian learned that there was one other person who was very unhappy with The Last Jedi and how it turned out. That person was none other than adult-film actress Stormy Daniels.

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And if that name is unfamiliar to you…

1) Do not look up “Stormy Daniels” on your work computer because the search results are so not safe for work and your supervisor will not be happy at all about this.

2) Donald Trump certainly knows who she is, as the two of them allegedly had sex in his hotel room back in 2006 after meeting each other at a golf tournament, and she was paid off by Trump a month before the 2016 Presidential election to keep quiet about it . Which clearly didn’t work since many people are talking about it now, and will continue talking about it now that Stormy has agreed to appear for an interview on Jimmy Kimmel Live after Trump’s State Of The Union address this Tuesday.

And I’m sure that when Rian saw Stormy’s tweet, he couldn’t help but let out his inner Wee-Bey in response.

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His fellow directors (Ava DuVernay, James Mangold, and James Gunn) pretty much had similar responses.

This will definitely not be the last time that Rian Johnson will have to deal with Star Wars fans and trolls who call themselves Star Wars fans expressing their thoughts on him and the quality of his work, especially now that Kathleen Kennedy has given him the keys to the kingdom in the form of allowing him to create another trilogy of Star Wars films. Judging from how he’s dealing with all of this feedback now, he should hopefully be fine and will continue getting that dirt off his shoulder like so.

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And not that he really needs advice on how to deal with loud and angry fans after the many beatings that he (along with Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse) took as a result of the Lost finale and for his work on Star Trek and Star Trek Into Darkness, but if J.J. Abrams should happen to find out that Lexington Steele really doesn’t like him or his work on Star Wars: Episode 9, and he needs someone to talk to about it who understands his rare plight, J.J. can always turn to Rian Johnson.

(If you don’t know who Lexington Steele is……Google is your friend. Just not while you’re using your work computer.)



Brian Richards is a Staff Contributor. You can follow him on Twitter.



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