It's no secret that Star Wars fans and Kathleen Kennedy haven't seen eye-to-eye and since Disney took over the franchise over a decade ago, and up until today, folks are still on the fence about whether or not they're actually satisfied with the product Lucasfilm has put out.
To be fair, the franchise has been in a pretty good place since the inception of the MandoVerse and Disney's decision to expand Star Wars through streaming. Of course, that hasn't stopped fans from nitpicking every creative decision the Lucasfilm boss comes up with but it turns out, Kennedy isn't influenced by the negativity.
Andor Showrunner Says Lucasfilm Boss Kathleen Kennedy is Unfazed by Toxic Fandom
Speaking with Deadline, Tony Gilroy addressed the toxicity thrown at the Lucasfilm chief, claiming that she has developed a "pretty thick skin" putting up with fans over the years.
He explains: "You have to realize about that community that their passion… they love this thing so much. The hardcore, deepest you have within that community of Shiites, and Sunnis, and Kurds, and you have all kinds of people who have different… but their love of the show, and the love of what it means to them is something that you really have to pay attention to."
The Rogue One screenwriter also added that he isn't envious of Kennedy's position, especially considering the Lucasfilm boss has to deal with nasty comments on a regular basis.
"Now, I do read what they– There’s no way doing it and not being controversial. There’s no way. It’s impossible. And like, [Kathleen Kennedy]’s job is like… You don’t wanna be Kathy ever up on the Internet. It’s just… What she goes through and what they… And it’s been on for years…"
Gilroy also noted that all the toxicity doesn't really have an effect on Lucasfilm's creative process. "Yeah, you gotta have pretty thick skin to do that. But, I pay attention. I don’t think we made any real adjustments because of it, but it’s been interesting to watch."
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It can be denied that Star Wars diehards are some of the hardest fans to please and say what you will about Kennedy and her "questionable" decisions, you gotta give her credit for remaining calm and collected despite all the negativity she has to deal with.
Meanwhile, the first season of Andor is available to stream on Disney+.