Film News – J. J. Abrams Responds To Sexist Backlash Towards Star Wars: The Last Jedi3 min read

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Andrew Turner

Andrew Turner

Freelance Writer. History Graduate from the University of Southampton. Reviews Films, TV and Video Games and you can also find the reviews I publish here on my personal blog theturnertalks.com.

J. J. Abrams has a lot of pressure on him. This is because he has the responsibility of directing Star Wars: Episode IX which, in turn, means that he is closing out the sequel trilogy and, quite possibly, the entire Skywalker saga. However, he has a fantastic foundation to build upon to make sure Episode IX delivers. Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which J. J. also directed, was a great film and Rian Johnson’s outstanding Star Wars: The Last Jedi has set the stage for Episode IX to bring this trilogy and saga to an emotionally satisfying conclusion.

Nonetheless, not everyone is as optimistic going into Episode IX as I am. Like every film, some people were not as enamoured with The Last Jedi as I and many others were. Still, to me, the backlash towards this film has been pretty toxic, irrational and abhorrent. In an interview with Indiewire, it is clear that J. J. Abrams feels the same way when it comes to those who criticised the focus on the female characters in the film.

Daisy Ridley as Rey in Star Wars The Last Jedi

J. J. Abrams’ Comments

This is what J. J. had to say on this sexist backlash to The Last Jedi:

Star Wars is a big galaxy, and you can sort of find almost anything you want to in Star Wars. If you are someone who feels threatened by women and needs to lash out against them, you can probably find an enemy in Star Wars. You can probably look at the first movie that George [Lucas] did [Star Wars: A New Hope] and say that Leia was too outspoken, or she was too tough. Anyone who wants to find a problem with anything can find the problem. The internet seems to be made for that.”

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Andrew Turner

Andrew Turner

Freelance Writer. History Graduate from the University of Southampton. Reviews Films, TV and Video Games and you can also find the reviews I publish here on my personal blog theturnertalks.com.

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