Trump's Election Ruined 'The Last Jedi,' And Yes, I'm Serious

Trump's Election Ruined 'The Last Jedi,' And Yes, I'm Serious

How the election of Donald Trump ruined a galaxy far far away for everybody.


2015 was a great year to be a "Star Wars" fan. "The Force Awakens" was coming, and excitement was in the air. Our favorite smugglers and rebel princesses were teaming up with young, diverse new crew of heroes. But, that diversity was a thorn in the side of some. I distinctly remember a classmate of mine failing to wrap her head around the idea of a Black guy in a Stormtrooper outfit. Still, those voices were few and far between. For myself and my friends, "Star Wars" was back and we couldn't be happier.

Cut to 2017 and the tone of the conversation is decidedly more bitter. "The Last Jedi", the eighth installment of the saga, proved very polarizing indeed. So loved by its defenders and so despised by its detractors that it dominates talk on Twitter months after its theatrical release.

From those hating on the movie, we've seen racist comments, sexist remarks, even harassment of actors. From those defending it, we've seen them call anyone who doesn't like the movie a Nazi or a man-child.

In some respects, this is not new. Actors Jake Lloyd and Ahmed Best have publicly stated that their lives became a living Hell due to fan backlash to Episodes I to III, collectively known as "The Prequels". This attitude from some fans was even cited by George Lucas as a major reason for selling the brand to Disney. But, those movies are widely panned, and the anger, while often extreme, was directed more so towards poor acting performances, sloppy direction, and bad writing.

Nowadays, fan outrage is often both much more toxic and much more factional, and I think blame for this can be put on, of all things, the 2016 Election.

Donald Trump normalized more than a few behaviors that were, and frankly should be, reprehensible. From sexual and racist remarks hurled at Senators to the defense of literal Nazis, the President has made the alt-right, the fringes, commonplace. In response, we have seen increased outcry and activism on the left. That's good when one is campaigning for civil rights, but it's not good when it leads to, for instance, a Congressman getting shot.

That polarization, that extremism and anger, spills into pretty much every piece of pop culture, even something as seemingly non-partisan and ubiquitous as "Star Wars". Because of that, the conversation isn't about what people did or didn't like about a movie, but rather agendas being pushed, and that just makes for a bitter, sad, miserable time for everyone who cares about this series.

Episode IX is a little over one year away, and I can only hope that we bring balance to the fandom, and not leave it in darkness.

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The 10 Most Overrated Halloween Costumes College Girls ALWAYS Choose

Stop rotating the same 5 costumes already, ladies.

We've all been there. How hard is it to come up with a creative Halloween costume? Or is it? Here are 10 of the most overrated Halloween costumes that you should NEVER do again.

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1. A cat

It's time to stop.

2. Risky Business

3. Harley Quinn

I get it, Margot Robbie is hot as f***, but you're not so...

4. An athlete

Do you even watch sports? Plus, don't you wear this theme enough at frat parties?

5. Superheroes

One word. basic.

6. Police

Is this so you can blend in when you get arrested?

7. Anything With A tutu

Didn't we wear these enough as babies??

8. aliens?

We get it, you like glitter. Save it for bid day ladies...

9. The Purge

Anything to show some skin while managing to hide your face. Let's face it, Hillary Duff did it best in "Cinderella Story."

10. Anything else that requires ears and a tail

"I'm a mouse, DUH."

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15 Must-Watch Movies To Binge This Spooky Season

If Halloween is not on your Halloween Movie Watch List, you are doing Halloween wrong.


Get ready to queue these feature freaky films.

1. Halloween 

Halloween is an absolute classic! I mean come on, the holiday is right there in the title! Be sure to catch up on the OG movies before the new one drops October 13th!

2. Nightmare Before Christmas 

Nightmare Before Christmas- a Tim Burton staple. This movie rocks because it's both a Halloween and a Christmas movie. A Disney and family-friendly film!

3. Scream

Scream is personally my favorite scary movie. While the special effects may not be what they are today, the plot of the movie and the twist at the end still get me every time! I love Scream, and will always watch it every Halloween!

4. Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown

The Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown is a super cute film! It's a must-watch for the Halloween time of year.

5. Halloweentown 1 & 2 

Halloweentown 1, 2 and 3. Halloweentown was a dream as a kid! It's Halloween there... all the time. Following Marnie, her grandma Aggie, and the shenanigans that follow are a must for this time of year.

6. Hocus Pocus

Do I even need to explain why this is a must? Hocus Pocus hits all the necessary "musts" of a quality film and stars a killer cast. It even has a show-stopping number. If you skip out on this, someone must have put a spell on you!

7. The Adams Family 

The Adams Family... da na na na *snap snap*! My mom's maiden name is Adams, and we even have an Adams Family themed pinball machine based on these movies, so these films are essential to the Halloween movie watch list. They're fun and quirky, and spooky!

8. A Quiet Place 

This new thriller would be perfect for a date night! It's chilling and the suspense is added because it is so quiet... plus, Jim from The Office is in it so you really can't go wrong.

9. Night of the Living Dead 

Night of the Living dead is creepy but a classic. You just can't skip it for Halloween!

1. Goosebumps 

Who else used to get truly spooked by Goosebumps? The new movie comes out soon and will be a real blast from the past! Goosebumps was made for this time of year!

11. Ghostbusters 

Who you gonna call? Ghostbusters! GB is needed during this time of year- if you don't watch Ghostbusters during Halloween when else would you?

12. Goonies 

The Goonies is one of my favorite movies of all time. It is comedy, thrill, and adventure all packed into 2 hours! The Goonies is a Halloween movie watchlist must because it covers all the bases... except for gore!

13. Harry Potter Franchise 

Can't you hear the theme music now? ABC... excuse me, Free Form plays the Harry Potter franchise several times throughout the month of October for a reason- they're perfect for this time of year! The magic and thrill of the adventures Harry Potter and his friends embark on are exactly what you need for this spooky time of year.

14. Rear Window 

An oldie, but a goodie! My mom got me into this movie when I was younger and I couldn't be more thankful. A suspense thriller that will really have you guessing!

15. Stranger Things (Binge watch session) 

It's not a movie, but it's a must for Halloween! Binge watching this Netflix Original is worth it- it has plenty of gore, suspense, chill, thrill, and mystery. Also there are a lot of great costume ideas!

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