Freddie Prinze Jr. claims that Star Wars fans don’t know how the Force works in an over three-minute rant about the franchise's canon, its intended audience, and George Lucas’ vision. Lucas kicked off Star Wars back in 1977 with Episode 4 - A New Hope, but the franchise was revitalized when Disney purchased Lucasfilm in 2012 and kicked off a new wave of movies, including a sequel trilogy.
Beyond the movies, though, Star Wars has continued over the years in the form of animated properties liked the TV show Star Wars: The Clone Wars and the more recent Star Wars Resistance. Prinze Jr. is a huge fan of the Star Wars universe and has voiced hero Kanan Jarrus in the animated series Star Wars Rebels. Now, he's made his feelings about the current stat of Star Wars fandom clear in a recent rant.
Prinze Jr. dropped his epic rant on comedian Jeff Dye’s Friendship Podcast, complete with a generous amount of f-bombs. The conversation was initially about what Prinze Jr. dubbed as “fan entitlement,” where fans think that they deserve whatever they ask (or demand) the creators of a franchise or property to do. Prinze Jr. claims the Star Wars fandom has since evolved into becoming the main culprit of this ideology. He repeatedly states that all of his information comes directly from Lucas, and to “go f-ck yourself” if you disagree with what he has to say. Prinze Jr. says that Dave Filoni, the creator of Star Wars: The Clone Wars and Star Wars Rebels taught him about how the Force works.
His rant focused on fans misunderstanding of lore in the franchise, citing the Star Wars video games as the main source of these misconceptions. Prinze Jr. claims that these games have instilled the idea of “levelling up” and fans don’t realize that whoever wins or loses a battle is based on the will of the Force and the need to provide balance. As an example, he claims the birth of Luke and Leia was a natural occurrence to balance the Force after Anakin Skywalker was converted to the dark side by Emperor Palpatine.
The initial rant begins with Prinze Jr. stating that even he receives hate from fans because of his work in the animated cartoon. He points out that the original Star Wars trilogy was made for kids, and the subsequent prequel and sequel trilogies were also made for kids, and older fans shouldn’t be upset when the franchise doesn’t age with them. In his more heated moment during the rant, he claims that much of the Star Wars lore is based on ancient mythology, comparing popular villain Darth Maul to Sisyphus from Greek mythology.
The toxicity of Star Wars fans has been a topic of conversation since the release of Star Wars: The Last Jedi. The Last Jedi was a highly divisive film among fans, where much of the disrespectful and harmful rhetoric can be traced back to criticism of the film. Actress Kelly Marie Tran was notoriously forced off social media after receiving hateful messages and threats due to fan dislike of her character, Rose, in The Last Jedi. Tran’s treatment by Star Wars fans also highlights some fans disapproval of the growing focus on female characters. Rey, played by Daisy Ridley, has also received criticism from fans who call her a Mary-Sue, a label typically used to describe female characters that are overpowered, exceptionally skilled at too many things, or generally lack any sort of weakness or flaw. Prinze Jr. briefly mentions this during his rant, stating that people are just “pissed-off they gave the f-cking Millennium Falcon to a girl,” which references some fans' dismay at Han Solo giving the Millennium Falcon to Rey in Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
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