I was going to write “Fans” in the title, but then I though, no. No, because Fans don’t fucking do this. I apologise for the language but with each passing week, I am getting more and more pissed off, hearing about shitty individuals (who have the nerve to call themselves “Fans”) that harass and spread toxicity.
I’m aware that Ahmed Best got criticisms from Fans because of his portrayal of Jar Jar Binks, and I’m aware that some of these people did harass the bloke, but the fact that it got so bad, so awful. It’s disgusting. It’s a fucking movie character. Make believe, fiction, pretend. Whatever you want to call it. And you harass the guy to near suicide over it. How dare you. Get your priorities straighten out.
If you think it is okay to harass these people (Jake Lloyd, Ahmed Best, Kelly Marie Trans, George Lucas, Kathleen Kennedy, Hayden Christiansen, Rian Johnson, Daisy Ridley) not only are you not a Fan, but you are an arsehole, plain and simple. Far from what is considered to be a decent human being. Scum would be the right word.
Best wrote on Twitter earlier that it was coming up on 20 years since he faced a resentment “that still affects my career today.” And funnily enough was was released nearly 20 years ago Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace in 1999. His post was that of a scenic picture in which he and his child appear, writing:
“This was the place I almost ended my life. It’s still hard to talk about. I survived and now this little guy is my gift for survival.”
I am happy to report though that many, many Fans upon hearing this, have been flooding Ahmed’s Twitter with kind messages of support. Fans that liked and disliked that character of Jar Jar Binks disapproving of the behaviour of these people.
Last year Best told WIRED: “I had death threats through the internet,” That people come to me and say, “You destroyed my childhood.” That at the age of 25, it was difficult to hear.
This is a wake up call people, enough is enough. I’ve already seen sites going with headline blaming Fans, THIS IS NOT THE CASE. The people that do this are shitty people, that can’t separate fiction from reality. These are NOT Fans. But main stream media will blanket it that way. Because of the actions of a few, the Fanbase will be painted with the same brush. I studied media for over 5 years, bad news sells. Because as they say in the industry, “there’s no news, like bad news.” There won’t be many sites saying it how it is.
You’re sick of this aren’t you? I am. So, give Ahmed your best, give him some love and support. Show him (and the media) that the Fanbase is nothing like these arseholes, that they are a tiny vocal minority, that are NOT welcome. And that this Fanbase is full of decent folk.
I want to apologises for the language in this article, I know it’s not professional, but it just pissed me off. This shouldn’t be or ever be the case.