It's been quite a while since Star Wars: The Last Jedi made its big premiere, yet the film's haters continue to bash the movie online. Sure, The Last Jedi might have been nothing short of a critical and commercial success, however, there are fans who despise the film for its attempts at subverting fan expectations and for allegedly ruining the characterization of legacy characters like Luke Skywalker.
Now, a new survey reveals that this hatred towards The Force Awakens sequel may be more than taste in storytelling. Social scientist Mark H. White II just recently conducted a survey of 5,000 people (h/t We Got This Covered) and according to the survey's results, Star Wars fans would fall into three categories.
First, there are the Prequel Skeptics who love the franchise but who hate the prequel movies. There are Saga lovers, who rate all the films rather highly. And then there are The Last Jedi detractors whose hate is only pointed towards Rian Johnson's Star Wars entry.
According to White, negative reactions to female characters in The Last Jedi like Rey (Daisy Ridley), Vice Admiral Holdo (Laura Dern), and Rose Tico (Kelly Marie Tran) were the most prevalent issues among the third group of fans.
"Those disowning The Last Jedi tended to score higher on sexism, though, as you can see, not everyone who hates The Last Jedi is sexist. This demonstrates some empirical evidence that sexism plays a role in attitudes toward The Last Jedi."
Not only that, but TLJ detractors seem to be "more likely to believe political correctness is a negative force in society and are less politically liberal."
While this does not totally represent the attitudes of everyone who disliked the Star Wars entry, it does seem to speak for a majority of the haters of the film.
The only question now is whether this hatred will pass on to Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. Let's wait and see.
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker premieres December 20, 2019.