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June 11, 2018

Soylo Gets Beaten Up by Girls

Solo loses the #1 box office spot the moment a big-budget movie competes with it. In this case, it was Oceans 8, but one imagines any movie with a high profile would have done the job.

Replacement director Ron Howard says he "feels badly" about Soylo's low box office returns. He acknowledged the idea of a "Soycott," sparked by fans pissed off about the Social Justice Wars sequel The Last Jedi.

Note that by responding to this idea, he's thereby sharing that idea with his followers.

There are several theories floating around about the film's lack of commercial success, including the idea that some fans are skipping the film because they didn't enjoy 2017's Star Wars: The Last Jedi.
I've been reading so many theories as to why 'Solo' hasn't been doing so well at the box office - sad to say, some SW fans are snubbing Solo b/c they're still upset over Last Jedi. If so, they're missing out & punishing a good film for something not its fault. #StarWars #Solo

ó Kris Fairbanks (@kfairbanks2) June 6, 2018

Solo director Ron Howard personally responded to a fan's tweet this weekend about the theory. He said he's proud of the cast and crew and added, "As a director I feel badly when people who I believe (and exit polls show) will very likely enjoy a movie [and] donít see it on a big screen with great sound."

Soylo will struggle to make even $200 million gross in the North American markets, making it the lowest-grossing Soy Wars movie ever.

As of this writing, Solo has earned $176.1 million domestically, meaning it's about $24 million away from hitting the $200 million mark. At first glance, it sounds like a foregone conclusion it'll get to that point, but there are a number of factors to keep in mind. For starters, interest in Solo is quite low, as evidenced by the film's $15.1 million intake this past weekend. Those numbers are almost definitely going down now with the impending arrival of Incredibles 2, which is expected to post the largest opening in Pixar's storied history. We're also only two weeks away from Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, and that sequel is also poised to be a massive hit. Solo is going to take a decline with multiplexes getting even more crowded in June.

The Empire Strikes Back was previously the lowest-grossing Star Wars movie, but bear in mind, we're talking about 1980 dollars there, not adjusted for inflation.

So Soylo will make fewer unadjusted, devalued 2018 dollars than the 1980 Empire Strikes Back.

Also, Soylo cost a gigantic fortune to shoot. And reshoot.

The Disney Shill Media and the Social Justice Warrior Praetorian Guard have been scrambled into defense mode, and are running the typical script -- the fandom is "toxic" and sexist and racist and probably voted for Trump.

Rumors surfaced this week that Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy might step down from company leadership in the aftermath of Solo: A Star Wars Story's box office failure. This comes amid rampaging racism, sexism, and other extreme toxic behavior from a segment of mostly male (and mostly white) fans who've taken to harassing female actors and artists for existing.

There is no evidence for this "harassing female actors and artists for existing." This is simply the Lady Ghostbusters playbook, being run after the disaster instead of before it.

By the way, this article is not from the Huffington Post or Buzzfeed; this is from Forbes, which is one of the most obnoxious of the Disney Shill Sites and Social Justice Warrior propaganda outposts.

This is all part of a larger bigoted backlash of complaints against Star Wars for incorporating people of color and other types of diversity into the previously predominantly white male storytelling.

By "other types of diversity," he's referring to the disclosure made by co-screenwriter and talentless nepot Jonathan Kasdan that Lando Calrissian was "pansexual," a statement made to appease the Huffington Post crowd days before the family film's release.

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This is the same group of fans, remember, whose entire rant is rooted in their own personal politics and a desire to see their personal preferences projected onto the screen while nobody else is entitled to the same right or representation. That enraged reactionaries want to deny everybody else equal representation while demanding their own right to be heard and obeyed is hardly new or shocking, of course. These types of vulgar fans always existed, because fandom is just a portion of the population as a whole, and the population always includes angry self-entitled bigots.


In other words, it's fine to ignore them and to not care what they want or what they say, and to deny them the myopic whitewashed world they demand. They don't deserve representation of their ideas, since their ideas are backward, hateful, and devoid of merit in the first place. If you scream in anger about seeing other people represented, if you harass and insult and threaten marginalized people for daring to exist and to appear in movies, then you and your beliefs have no place in modern storytelling or modern society (except as villains to be defeated and cast aside forever).

Remember, this is Forbes, allegedly a reputable business magazine, and not Buzzfeed for Jezebel.

For balance, Forbes had its other SJW Disney Shill rebut the central claims of that article. Well, not rebut so much as restate.

Interesting, Disney Shill Scott Mendelson leads with a reference to Lady Ghostbusters.

Today is Ghostbusters Day, which supposedly celebrates Ivan Reitman's 1984 sci-fi comedy smash that was rebooted two years ago with Paul Feig's gender-swapped remake. I need not remind you of how that was received from the moment of its announcement, although we should remember that Leslie Jones was temporarily driven off social media after a coordinated troll attack bombarded her feeds with various racist and misogynistic messages. History repeated itself this week after Last Jedi co-star Kelly Marie Tran was driven off Instagram after months of racist and misogynistic comments that coincidentally never seem to be directed at Mark Hamill or Adam Driver.

There is no evidence that Kelly Marie Tran was "driven off" at all. She has made no statement about deactivating her Instagram account.

The Star Wars fans have always had their rotten apples. There are folks who are still mad, 21 years later, that George Lucas inserted CGI into the Star Wars trilogy and made Han Solo "shoot second." I do not know if these are the same folks who graduated to racism and sexism once the new Star Wars movies began putting women and minorities in more front-and-center roles. I tend to believe that these are just garden-variety racists and misogynistic trolls who use Star Wars fandom as a cover, but the clickbait and a reaction-friendly media is helping to turn their assaults into mainstream news and inflating their voice and their numbers.

Yes, you can dislike a Star Wars movie or a Ghostbusters reboot without being an alt-right troll or an incel schmuck.

Gee, thanks, Scott Mendelson.

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There is a difference between panning a movie or even passionately discussing a movie you disliked, and verbally assaulting an artist over that movie.

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If those engaging in this manbaby behavior keep getting the media to pay enough attention that they become part of the narrative, they will keep winning. Toxic fandom is nothing new.

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You can't entirely ignore evil. But giving them the attention they so desire partially so you can clap back or offer a perfect response doesn't help either.

I cant help but feel that Disney is pushing this idea out there. Scott Mendelson is a reliable transmitter of whatever nonsense spin his Khalisi Kathleen Kennedy would like to see in the media.

I do not expect Star Wars fans will enjoy being called sexist, racist, backwards and deserving of eternal defeat from the company that hopes to sell them tickets in the future.

Hey bigots, racists, sexists and manbabies, buy tickets for our movies or else.

Ethan Van Sciver discusses Disney weaponizing the media against its actual customers in this video. And this one. I enjoyed his personal attack on effete soibois.

Social Justice Warriors blaming their failures and incompetencies on Racist and Sexist White Men -- how unexpected!


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