It seems since The Last Jedi, the fan base has been torn apart by how good the film was. Critics raved and gave it a 91% on Rotten Tomatoes. The fan base has become torn and venomous. There was debate how much power the haters had in Solo’s poor box office. Apparently we now have the answer – not as much as they think. This hateful war was amplified by – THE RUSSIANS!
Believe it or not this is actually appears to be true. Researcher Morton Bay recently released a paper titled – Weaponizing the Haters: The Last Jedi and the Strategic Politicization of Pop Culture Through Social Media Manipulation. In the paper, Bay –
“finds evidence of deliberate, organized political influence measures disguised as fan arguments.The likely objective of these measures is increasing media coverage of the fandom conflict, thereby adding to and further propagating a narrative of widespread discord and dysfunction in American society.”
Bay continues in his paper:
“Overall, 50.9% of those tweeting negatively [about the movie] was likely politically motivated or not even human,” he writes, noting that only 21.9% of tweets analyzed about the movie had been negative in the first place.
“A number of these users appear to be Russian trolls,”
If this were any other era but now, this would sound stupid and preposterous. True fan haters may not like this as it diminishes their anti-Kennedy/Johnson/Disney stance, but these findings really do add up.
First off look at The Last Jedi’s box office. A film that gets a 93% from critics and does a domestic gross of $620 billion is not the huge flop anti-fans have been claiming. Also, as we move away from the film, while there will be obvious haters to every movie, the negativism seems to be fading. Even the negativity surrounding Solo: A Star Wars Story is all but gone now that Blu-ray release has come. The hate that surfaced during these last two movies was so all encompassing and extreme it makes sense that it would be either bots or outside trolls inflaming things.
Then of course we have today’s political headlines where it has been proven Russia is meddling with social media to inflame American society and aggravate the differences from both sides. Add this to the texts they have produced on how to overthrow America from the inside, and you have plenty of proof that this is what Russia is focusing on to take down the American juggernaut.
As Yogurt said: What a world, What a world, What a world…….