Well, it seems the Star Wars Twittersphere is separating itself off into little factions yet again. This time it’s self-appointed “persons of influence” attempting to divide fans up by “when people first saw Star Wars“. Thank goodness most of my engagement with fans is via other outlets these days.
Anyone dictating to others on this issue, or for that matter denigrating someone’s individual experience of Star Wars, may want to consider if this is appropriate. The latest unprompted diatribe online against people who saw the film in 1977, comes the same week as impassioned pleas for Star Wars fans to get along better online. The fact that the source of such pleas operates from within a major network that has trolled and abused smaller fan-sites carries an unintentional irony.
To these eyes – and I’m an eighties kid who likes all eras of Star Wars movies and books- it can also be younger fans who seem to be gatekeeping older fans with tactics that border upon ageism. There can be harsh treatment of some older fans that disregards their perspective. Such ageism can go hand in hand with an agenda to promote their Star Wars sites/podcasts, fashion brand, awful t-shirts or to help hock their Patreon at the expense of others fan experience, or to gain the top spot at the “next big convention”. I think we all need to be conscious of the fact that these people are likely to be denigrating older fans to further their own ends as much as anything else.
If we are to have a genuinely diverse fan base then guess what? It needs to be diverse in all ways: so let’s see male and female representation in the fanbase, let’s see people who aren’t pals with the creatives given a say, let’s see persons of colour represented fairly within it, and oh yeah, let’s see fans both young and old represented. Frankly I see more and more implied discrimination on the basis of age – and that is just as reprehensible as any other form of discrimination.Let’s kick it off our timelines for good.
In the meantime if you are one of the “trendy” big time operators engaging in this conduct to try and oust older fans, don’t call us, we’ll call you.
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