Star Wars fandom isn't worth defending

Star Wars fandom is notoriously toxic, and you don’t have to look very far to find evidence. Daisy Ridley, Tran’s The Last Jedi costar, deleted her Instagram for the same reason. John Boyega, who is black, dealt with a wave of racist bile for his prominent role in the new trilogy that began with The Force Awakens. Go back further and it doesn’t get much better: Jake Lloyd, who was 8 when he played Anakin Skywalker in The Phantom Menace, blames the film and its fans for making his life “a living hell.”

Now look: I’m sure millions of Star Wars fans are super people — but these good Star Wars fans aren’t the problem. We don’t point to all the people who are not horrible as a means of excusing people who are. Spend any amount of time writing on the internet and you’ll know most readers are presumably great, because most readers don’t say anything. But the ones that do? A lot of them really aren’t great. And all the well-intentioned Star Wars lovers tweeting #NotAllFans aren’t helping anyone, because they can’t change the fact that fandom, as it exists in 2018, is fundamentally broken.