The Star Wars fanbase might be a passionate bunch, but sometimes, this passion can be misdirected with a few fans spewing hurtful and hateful comments against the cast and crew of the franchise's films and series.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi might have been the film most notoriously known for inciting outrage from the fanbase despite its commercial and critical success, however, it seems like Star Wars Rebels also has its critics. Kanan Jarrus' voice actor Freddie Prinze Jr. just recently revealed that he gets hateful messages from fans as well.
Speaking in the Jeff Dye's Friendship Podcast, Prinze Jr. explained that while Star Wars has been made for child, fans seem to be unhappy that the franchise isn't aging up with them.
"People bitch about the dumbest things. These are archetype characters, these are George Lucas' words. There is no Jack Bauer in Star Wars, that character doesn't exist, it's not Han Solo, Han Solo's a reluctant hero, that's the archetype," he explained.
The voice actor then went on a long rant about the franchise, going on about Greek mythology, fairy tales, and children's stories he ties with Star Wars.
"Darth Maul, who everybody wants to win, and is everyone's favorite because he looks sick and he's great in the videogames... fuck you guys! He's Sisyphus! He is born to fail! Learn your Greek mythology like, I don't know, George fucking Lucas did! He's cursed to roll a boulder up the hill only to have it roll to the bottom again every single time for eternity," Prinze Jr. goes on, "That is Darth Maul's quest. He's in on the joke, you guys. He knows it. He's just cursed to live that life."
Prinze Jr.'s rant got pretty off-kilter at some point, but then again, the voice actor does make sense. Sometimes, Star Wars fans can get pretty demanding and when Lucasfilm doesn't meet their expectations, they go make a riot on the internet, creating petitions and attacking the show's cast and crew.
Hopefully, fans start learning how to reign this negative behavior in. It's alright to feel differently about a Star Wars movie or a Star Wars series. Fans just have to learn how to make objective criticism without unnecessarily making attacks against those behind the show or movie.
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker premieres December 20, 2019.