Was A Star Wars Fan Really 'Fansplaining' to Frank Oz About Yoda?

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Frank Oz, who plays Yoda in the Star Wars films, recently got into a debate with a fan who thought that part of the Jedi master's appearance in The Last Jedi wasn't completely true to the character.

It all started when Oz replied to a tweet that expressed the opinion that Yoda laughing when he burned the Force tree in the Rian Johnson film came across as him taking pleasure in the suffering of Luke. This fan thought it wasn't consistent with what the character is about as far as the films go.

A fan page then responded to the Star Wars legend with what many thought was disrespectful, immediately causing an outrage.

The replies on the tweet accuse the fan page of "fansplaining," as his tweet was interpreted as claiming to know more about Yoda than the man who portrayed him in the Star Wars films.

Oz is credited as the puppeteer and the original voice for Yoda. While George Lucas was the one who created the character, fans imagine that Oz had to know the character pretty well in order to portray him.

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The Star Wars fan page thought that Oz's response was "dismissive," saying he replied by "simply stating that it was in-character without saying why." They argued that an artist's depiction and how it comes across to the audience are two different things.

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After learning the reason behind the strong reaction, Oz explained that it wasn't his intention at all to be dismissive, and provided a clear explanation as to why he responded that way.

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While there are people who seem to agree with the fan page's second point, it was his first point that they took serious issue with. The fan page stood by what they said though.

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Other Twitter users hit back in defense of Oz, saying that even though the fan watched every film and TV show, and read every novel and comic book, the knowledge of Oz of the character will still be held in higher regard.

The fan page eventually apologized for being too harsh in expressing their opinion. They said that they simply felt that Oz was "saying that fans have no right or less of a right to interpret what was seen in the films than the Makers."

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Even though Oz has stopped engaging in the debate (especially since he felt that others that join the argument are "people with blinders on" who can't have a proper discourse with), a lot of Twitter users continued to give a piece of their minds to the Star Wars fan page.

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