The defensiveness and aggression of the Star Wars fanbase is only getting worse.
These past few months, stories have come out that rabid Star Wars fans have not only just harassed Star Wars: The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson online, they’ve also managed to drive The Last Jedi actress Kelly Marie Tran (Rose Tico) out of social media and then drive prequel trilogy actor Ahmed Best (Jar Jar Binks) to the brink of suicide.
Now, it seems like these fans have been focusing their attacks on another Star Wars employee, this time the Star Wars Show’s co-host, Andi Gutierrez. The podcast Rebel Force Radio managed to spot Guttierez drinking out of a “Fanboy tears” mug in an old post taken from March 2015 (way before the release of The Force Awakens) and fans haven’t taken it too kindly. Perceiving the gesture as another way of mocking the fanbase, some have taken to social media to attack the Star Wars Show host on Twitter.
Here are some of the things that fans have been tweeting:
Thankfully, it seems like other fans have come to her defense, calling out the Rebel Force Radio which has for some time been openly antagonistic towards a number of other social media users, Star Wars fans, and Lucasfilm employees.
Gutierrez also tweeted her thanks for the support that she’s received, saying that every time she’s said Star Wars has the best fans, she really meant it.
The vitriol against Andi Guiterriez drinking from a mug that reads “fanboy tears” is pretty disconcerting. There’s so much anger pointed against a Star Wars host, and for what? For a witty mug she was casually drinking from? It’s such a shame seeing what this fandom has become.
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