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.

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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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A Playlist From The iPod Of A Middle Schooler In 2007

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Something happened today that I never thought in a million years would happen. I opened up a drawer at my parents' house and I found my pink, 4th generation iPod Nano. I had not seen this thing since I graduated from the 8th grade, and the headphones have not left my ears since I pulled it out of that drawer. It's funny to me how music can take you back. You listen to a song and suddenly you're wearing a pair of gauchos, sitting on the bleachers in a gym somewhere, avoiding boys at all cost at your seventh grade dance. So if you were around in 2007 and feel like reminiscing, here is a playlist straight from the iPod of a middle schooler in 2007.

1. "Bad Day" — Daniel Powter

2. "Hips Don't Lie" — Shakira ft. Wyclef Jean

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3. "Unwritten" — Natasha Bedingfield

4. "Run It!" — Chris Brown

5. "Girlfriend" — Avril Lavigne

6. "Move Along" — All-American Rejects

7. "Fergalicious" — Fergie

8. "Every Time We Touch" — Cascada

9. "Ms. New Booty" — Bubba Sparxxx

10. "Chain Hang Low" — Jibbs

11. "Smack That" — Akon ft. Eminem

12. "Waiting on the World to Change" — John Mayer

13. "Stupid Girls" — Pink

14. "Irreplaceable" — Beyonce

15. "Umbrella" — Rihanna ft. Jay-Z

16. "Don't Matter" — Akon

17. "Party Like A Rockstar" — Shop Boyz

18. "This Is Why I'm Hot" — Mims

19. "Beautiful Girls" — Sean Kingston

20. "Bartender" — T-Pain

21. "Pop, Lock and Drop It" — Huey

22. "Wait For You" — Elliot Yamin

23. "Lips Of An Angel" — Hinder

24. "Face Down" — Red Jumpsuit Apparatus

25. "Chasing Cars" — Snow Patrol

26. "No One" — Alicia Keys

27. "Cyclone" — Baby Bash ft. T-Pain

28. "Crank That" — Soulja Boy

29. "Kiss Kiss" — Chris Brown

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30. "Lip Gloss" — Lil' Mama

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The Hogwarts Houses Are Misinterpreted, It's Time To Set The Record Straight

I'm tired of bad generalizations!

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Being a nerd in today's world is not the horrific insult it once seemed to be. Comic movies are at the top of the box offices each year, after all. But in a world where the majority knows their Hogwarts house, it's time to set the record straight!

Gryffindor

Gryffindors are usually portrayed as rude and rule-breaking, yet chivalry is one of their big traits? Why do we confuse this?

Slytherin

Slytherins are seen as the bad boys/girls, yet this house is the one that values traditionalism? They like that there has been an order to things for longer than they've been around - why would they be the punks?

Ravenclaw

Ravenclaws are boring and bookish, right? Wrong! They are the creative, intelligent individualists! Look at Luna Lovegood, for Pete's sakes.

Hufflepuff

We tend to associate them with relaxing and eating cookies all day, but this is the house that most values hard work? Where did the lazy connotation come from?

Shout out to the Tumblr post I read forever ago that inspired this rant, it has been bugging me for a really long time. Now we can all move forward with our lives, knowing the truth about our friends (and even those who are not our friends) in other houses.

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