Fan Art Manip by PM for SWAG77
Imahara host on MYTHBUSTERS died at 49 years old. (Source: https://www.etonline.com/grant-imahara-mythbusters-and-white-rabbit-project-host-dead-at-49-149598).
The Star Wars Actors Guild 77 was proud to have our first CELEBRITY to agree to pose for our booth’s funtime at DEATH STAR PUTT PUTT (pic above) at Star Wars Celebration Anaheim 2015.
Condolences to Grant Imahara’s loved ones.
In People Magazine “Couch Surfing” Mr. Oyelowo who voices AGENT ALEXSANDR KALLUS in STAR WARS REBELS shares that Star Wars fans disappointment that he voices this ANIMATED character. The animated character appears differently than Mr. Oyelowo — ie The character is white and Mr Oyelowo is Black.
Of course that should NEVER matter. One is a very REAL PERSON, PROFESSIONAL AWARD WINNING ACTOR and the other is a fabricated animation in the mind of artists. What brought this character to life is Mr. Oyelowo’s creative voice performance. Nothing else brings any animated character than a professional voice actor’s performance. To deny his ability is to be racist and bigoted.
There is bigotry in Star Wars fandom. We saw it best with Ahmed who voiced and CG MoCAPped JAR JAR BINKS. The harassment he endured nearly caused him to commit suicide. Only until recently has he opened up to speak about it.
While it is not Disney’s or Lucasfilm’s fault at the hands of racist and bigoted fans, it has proven very difficult to quell ignorances and cognitive biases of some ugly sides of fandom.
The Star Wars Actors Guild 77 has been at the attacks by bigots since 2008. We have fended of bigots in ways at first that seems cruel, but when encountered, the sufferers begin to understand why we did what we did. From a small business standpoint, our acts are justified, because we cannot afford a large lawyer representation. Disney and Lucasfilm does not support our efforts. Their people were told lies about us and are fearful of our ire. But our ire was in place for our use until their own workers incurred utterly racist and bigoted attack for the last few years. All the while, our attacks are minimal.
We have our hate on our SENATOR YEMAJA pages.
So here is our small business auto block procedures:
Any post or comment that uses profanity without cause directed to us. We delete, sometimes report, and ban the attacker. Those attacks typically look like “what the f*ck is this sh*t” and use of hateful real life epithets like the N-word.
Massive number of posts when we have never interacted with you. Those attacks appear like more that 3-4 posts. We are not rated to deal with your stalker obsessions. We do not DM people we do not feel comfortable around.
Tag team attack. We don’t play that. Those attacks appear like @1, @2, @3-10 on a post that could be about art from a famous artist.
Telling us what to post — you don’t pay for our accounts, you don’t tell us how to post to it. Who died and made you gods? These attacks look like “you cannot say that. You can only post ____________”
Most of character accounts are in character. They will block on any attempts to learn who the MUNDANE is behind the account. These characters are stuck on social media, that is it. No more, no less. Forcing exposure is OUTING what SWAG77 is trying to do. If a user does not agree, move on, there are other accounts. We find irrational attacks, we will block. These attacks look like, “so you hate the [real life political issue today]?” to gain a confirmation of their beliefs than what we are doing — which is Star Wars.
It is our pages, our user names and involves what we are doing, and deciding to force us to admit something from long ago or unrelated to performance will get you blocked and we will move one. With that, we give you an in kind directive and you get snarky, you are ruining our ability to do business on our streams. Either you stay into the agreement or walk away. If you refuse — such as saying I can post what I want freedom of speech–we will block you. We do not go to anyone’s feeds intentionally to ruin their process, but for you to feel entitled to our posts and your not paying us, it is better for us to silence your bad behavior. What this attack looks like is the user intrudes into the conversation uninvited and speaks outside of the primary post, the user account request redirection and the attacker say “free speech, you should feel one over the other, that hasn’t been what I have expected–” the issue is it separates from the primary goal which is Star Wars online.
We do not sell your stuff. Overriding our ad links, will get you blocked. We have affiliates that we meet our business goals, like a fan table at Star Wars Celebration. When you interfere with our money, illegally, we just block since going after you legally cuts out of our budgets.
Refusal to read our blogs and not staying on topic. We are not only doing this for you. We are organized into a Star Wars fan group to portray our fandom respectfully. Just because you do not like one post is your decision. These attacks generally look like “I am going to UNLIKE this page because I hate XYZ Star Wars Established Canon Disney or otherwise” — you will be banned, your comment will be reported and/or erased. We do not care about your approach, it means you failed to read our blog notes on how we perform our MUSES and that we perform under a storyline arc. If you aren’t going to read and respect that, then we feel our accounts aren’t for your interactions.
From 2015 our Frequently Asked Questions
Q. Why should I get involved?
A. To show Disney Lucasfilm that fans want this character, GRAND ADMIRAL THRAWN recanonized.
This campaign operates professionally by highly skilled community activists.
Experience shows through collaboration our desired goal is obtainable – THRAWN IN REBELS.
This campaign will include a family-friendly atmosphere that educates children about art.
Life-skills will be learned for for free just because one is a fan of Star Wars. Skills learned in formal settings from an Ph.D. university instructor.
This post is from current content that we posted in 2015. It is our plea to request support for the #GetThrawnIn #StarWarsRebels.
Today, our efforts are to promote reading the Star Wars novels, fine art and classical music. Every one of Grand Admiral Thrawn’s Star Wars Rebels episodes have followed closely to Star Wars Legends canon with creativity and some redirection. Which is important, now that Star Wars Rebels has been nominated for several Annie Awards.
To be nominated for the 2017 year Annie Awards, Star Wars Rebels as a show, overall had to be considered. The art and music of Star Wars Rebels is exceptional. The executive leads on production are award winning and exceptional. If the Annie Awards are going by story, the story overall is fun for children. But we Star Wars Legends Fans, like to think that it was because Lucasfilm production added Grand Admiral Thrawn from the Star Wars Legends books and translated it to screen. It was that decision that is pushing Star Wars Rebels as a TV show to an award nominating level. While there is the exceptional music, there are the beautiful visuals, there are the correct animation in lighting, and a whole bunch more, in production, taking a concept from the books to the screen is what film school trains professional people to do for nomination for awards. As Star Wars fans, award nominations are notable.
It took Disney and Lucasfilm executives to agree to this Grand Admiral Thrawn concept, plan it, review it, and then produce it. They may have not wanted to add Thrawn in because certain Star Wars fans do not know or care who he is. FACT.
The Star Wars Actors Guild 77 (SWAG 77) is the group the bridged that gap and helped these individuals understand that it is MORE than fan servicing, Thrawn as character and story is a “cult classic” and some of us have been waiting for more than 25 years to see his presence on screen. We were willing to do whatever it takes, legally, to Get Thrawn In Star Wars Rebels.
We underwrote financially this campaign and put it into action starting on August, 2014. FACT.
It costs $8000 to set up this kind of campaign professionally to completion for a decision, favorable or not. FACT.
SWAG77′s campaign was driven by Star Wars positive fandom where we had goals and touchpoints for stakeholders to support and uplift on social media. Our social media metrics from the positive fandom content were 60% at peak times. If our budgets permitted it, those reach rates would be higher.
As such, that is why we need your support for other projects in consideration. If you want to see more of what we can do, consider supporting us: http://paypal.me/SWAG77/100 to become a Star Wars Fan supporter.
Thank you very much.
The Get Thrawn In Star Wars Rebels Campaign was started by us, the Star Wars Actors Guild 77 because:
- We like Grand Admiral Thrawn as a character and villain
- We like Star Wars Legends books, especially Heir To The Empire
- We watched Star Wars Rebels “Call to Action” and it dawned on us that Thrawn could be introduced to fight the Rebels
- A fan on our Sabine Wren accounts stated, “Well, Sabine would have a lot to talk about with Thrawn”
- Lastly, I started this campaign because I was being cyberharassed and bullied by the “Continue Legends Alliance” sociopaths who whined about Disney ruining Legends and forcing them to add back the ENTIRE catalog of Legends books. I refused to promote their spewing, frothing hate. I got a hate page to attack my Facebook and Twitter pages.
Here’s my proof of the bullying and there is more: https://swag77.com/2015/01/27/starwarsfansociopaths/
It killed my business, the Ariafya LLC and the Star Wars Actors Guild 77, and what my business stands for – reading the books, writing our stories and performing them on social media…
As an older Black female Star Wars fan who has had two fan tables at Star Wars Celebrations in 2012 and 2015, before Celebration, the attacks by “fans” were personal. Messages in my inbox and lies. And that is paltry compared to what these fools do to Star Wars fans who are women and diverse.
See, being a graduate of Spelman College in 1990 and have a Masters and Doctorate in molecular biology, with postdoctoral appointments and 5 published scientific articles in aging, diabetes and heart disease gives me real world experience with crafting a very complex idea and bringing it to fruition.
Moreover, working on Obamacare and creating an award winning health forum for diverse people in my city with funding from the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, also gives me real world experiences on how political campaigns work.
Because in my Freshman year in college I worked with Julian Bond campaign and marched against the Klu Klux Klan in Forsythe County Georgia to protest, — to assist in crafting Amnesty International’s stance against Apartheid in 1989, my REAL WORLD stories and experiences drove me to show these lunatic “fans” how to a villain character back into the canon of Star Wars through Disney. That is how GET THRAWN IN got started.
The premise is simple: Thrawn as a character is define as an “art lover” to defeat his opponents by analyzing their art. The brush strokes, the craft design, what tools were uses, materials, etc. Thrawn analyzes all of that.
Let’s take art from the “masters” – Monet, Van Gogh, Dali, and Jackson Pollack and let’s analyze it for fun. How would we defeat these people and the goal is to let Disney know our experiences. This part was called “Artful Thrawn”.
Then the wonderful book, Aftermath was released and at the very end, a character reminiscent of Thrawn spoke from listening to classical music. Let’s analyze classical music from the masters – Beethoven, Mozart, Holst and Stravinsky, and pretend we are like Thrawn and analyze it to defeat planets. The goals was to educate people about classical music and motifs that Star Wars uses. This part was called “Music Mondays” since the discussions took place on Mondays.
Concepts about Thrawn were discovered:
- Thrawn is a synthete. He has synesthesia. It may be a natural Chiss trait. He sees colors in music that aid him to dissect the distinct nuances of cultures for a tactical advantage.
- Thrawn knows Sabine Wren, in which he has knowledge of her artistic skill.
- Thrawn knows about the Death Star design flaw and tells Darth Vader about it.
I’ve had fun with the campaign, I never heard anything from Disney Lucasfilm. Then a rumor is released and it is as if everyone rediscovered Thrawn and gets away with being a fan after all the bullying I endured just to make this happen. And do not say lack of knowledge, promotion can only go so far. What I did was one small fan that got tired of the whining by evil “fans” that bully others on social media and create lies. That was my passion and now they must witness my will.
Help me out so I will not be so alone in this positive Star Wars fandom campaign.
Positive Star Wars Fandom keeps our minds creative and open to the trust of content creators, professionals and fans who adore Star Wars as much as others in the care to know they will present their best. We have to have hope. We have to have faith in the corporation, the company, and the content creators that their carefully measured words in their interviews are to surprise us with gifts that showcase their talent. As fans, we should make every effort to enrich our moviegoing experience by enjoying the content, peaceably with some popcorn, and absorb the exhilaration and enthrallment of the show with that “wow factor” we entrusted with the content creators. Then have the assurance to exit the movie geeked out so much we re-enter the ticket line, or just to wanna break the law and get the high end bootlegs…
Just kidding! 😉
It’s show business!
The Star Wars Actors Guild 77 Lore Action Division uses the psychological basis of happiness and wellness to incorporate motivational learning and appreciative inquiry to coach positive Star Wars fandom to people who just love Star Wars or are new to this exciting universe of possibilities. That is our official scientific rationale and designation for our creation of positive Star Wars fandom for fans.
What fans will achieve should they use positive Star Wars fandom:
- Engender good feelings as demonstrated by attendance to official Star Wars events and other events highlighting Star Wars activities.
- Generate measurable excitement (also know as virality) through social media engagement on the official and fan based Star Wars websites
- Encouragement through posts, podcasts, discussions, shared art and creativity with the corporation, the company, and the community of fans
Positive Star Wars Fandom is about fun and vibrancy as a wellspring of knowledge that drives the healthy neurological processes of creativity through the support of creative endeavors.
The Disney executives are limited by what they can say because of non-disclosure agreements, legalities, and the fact that they are in the business for profit to recoup their costs. Projects are managed tightly to ensure all considerations for the betterment of the franchise.
We, as fans can choose to use positive Star Wars fandom and still be deferential to the corporation with the joy and the vibrancy felt at Star Wars Celebration Anaheim in 2015.
As fans, that is our charge. As fans, that is our commitment. As fans, we choose to take on that responsibility despite our grievances, disagreements, and differences of opinion.
As fans, our ultimate goal is to enjoy Star Wars and to take that piece we cherish, and to give it away to others through a shared experience in the Force, forever.
May the Force be with you, always.
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