SWAG77 Wants To End Star Wars Fan Toxicity By Encouraging Creative Expression Using Soap Opera and Telenovela Formats

Star Wars Actors Guild 77 discovered early that roleplay performances are crafted like soap operas with angsty drama. But to do that, part of the RP had to be staged. A behavioral idea with a lead on to an ending. To action sequences. To a conclusion, and then a cliffhanger ending (or not) to the denouement.

How many of us had to watch soap operas with grandma?

It seems that the popularity of mid-day soap operas is waning for talk shows and reality TV. Streaming services have changed the availability of new soap operas. Many people have grown up with grandma watching her shows:

Soap operas have been around since the 1930s as radio dramatic series. One sponsor was Proctor and Gamble, who sold soap at that time, and therefore, these stories were called “soap operas.”

What is the purpose of soap opera?

Soap operas’ plots express a fictional reality that is inserted into a concrete social reality. The representations built by the soap operas are associated with the daily life and social contexts in which they are immersed. The images transmitted are highly related to society’s values and beliefs.

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There is a difference between Telenovelas and soap operas in that a Telenovela is a Latin American serial drama similar to a soap opera in plot development but having a broader audience and airing during prime time rather than daytime…Telenovelas are characterized by a continuing melodramatic storyline and a permanent cast.

Editors of Encyclopaedia britannica

Examples of Telenovela

There is disagreement on how Star Wars as a genre is classified. It is science fiction? Is it science fantasy? Is it a space opera? Accordingly:

Star Wars is typically characterized as belonging to the space opera genre. Many classic space opera serials such as Flash Gordon and Buck Rogers were among the impressions that inspired George Lucas into making the Star Wars movies.

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A space opera is not a soap opera, according to many fans. However, those who say this comment is mostly male and cannot possibly be associated with a show devoted to women daily. It is said that Star Wars is not a “soap opera” because the key part of a soap opera is its duration. Lots of episodes, lots of characters. The people and the (mundane) things happen to them over long periods of time (source).

Fans also say that Star Wars a space opera that is melodramatic movies or television shows, set in space, with plenty of space warfare, and most importantly, cut scenes show the development of different characters like a soap opera (source).

Whereas, there are objections that Star Wars is a space soap opera because of historical precedence. “Space opera” from 1941 author Wilson Tucker as a pejorative term in an article in Le Zombie (a science fiction fanzine). At the time, serial radio dramas in the United States had become popularly known as soap operas because many were sponsored by soap manufacturers (source).

But yet, by some critics, Star Wars is separate science fantasy space opera because the genre has more definable rules. Star Wars might be space fantasy or space opera. But its setting is still a science fiction setting. Star Wars’ world is built on science-fictional devices and technology; the technology does not tell the story; there are lightsabers, droids, or hyperdrives. Science fiction is in the Star Wars universe, and by default, Star Wars is science fiction. These science fictional elements, such as starships, robots, and laser guns, are not present in the real world at this time. Until that time, Star Wars is science fiction (source).


Regardless of the cast of characters, duration, and episode; or the lack of space warfare; or the historical precedence; or scientific and technological elements that are fictional, Star Wars in the presence of romantically linked relationships (ships) as read or performed are space soap operas in practice, despite the fandom gender that enjoys the production.

Therefore, the Star Wars Actors Guild 77 (SWAG77) enjoys shipping in the presence of a cast of characters, duration, multiple episodes, space warfare, and lack of historical precedence or science and technology fictional elements, we have created a system where our goal is to read, write and perform our roleplays on social media like soap opera and telenovela developments.

We think our goal works because we have tested several years ago and were able to gauge audience response like watching a soap opera.

We have encountered several problems, such as platform issues, users not realizing we staged our RP productions, nor really knowing we had many back ends and behind-the-scenes work. They think our pursuits in shipping are superfluous and foolish to have sex. And then, when we do serious close to canon RP, we have to use canon characters.

Since the Disney schism of canonicity, we have been stretched to pick a side or assumed we are ignorant if we do not support either claim. We are about the exact techniques used to develop Star Wars as a soap opera on social media. Whatever that takes. We use to recruit, but now, we no longer do this process because it is involved, and most people use social media as distractions or casually discarding comments as useless.

While that content is on personal accounts, we have to determine why there is discordance to improve our product or performance for business roleplay accounts. There is none. Some individuals are “spoons” who like to stir up shit. And it does not matter about the content; these groups’ only guide is to re-creation and world domination that contributes nothing academic with a scholarship to improve lives through reading, writing, and performance with appreciation, like SWAG77 tenets since 2007.

Also, some audience members do not realize how much staging we do for our RP productions. We created our performance plots to see how our audience will respond and hope they enjoy our performance. That makes social media a testing ground focus group. Soap opera creation inherently tests that from a live performance and improvisational training. Other tactic many users on social media do not want to do because of the casual nature of social media.

We think our goals are important to Star Wars and its fandom because of the Disney Schism. Star Wars fans are at each other’s throats levying toxicity that rips into the hearts of fans to wreck their persona. That has happened to SWAG77 members, and we have done it to others in self-defense. It is easier to manage fans in this manner than just to let it go. We cannot say we have not avoided bad and toxic behavior.

However, we believe as long as we stick close to our tenets: READING — preferably Star Wars because no fan is well-read and knows everything; WRITING — because that improves self-expression and clarity in ideas and concepts — it brings value to oneself, and we like to RP Perform, but this is also demonstration directly ones creativity in this fandom with more appreciation for the development of Star Wars. Performing fan art creation, crafts, cosplay, and fan films — anything that demonstrates an appreciation of fandom — end toxicity. Because our tenets are universal, our tenets are broad in their interpretation. Our tenets are long-lasting and expand one’s Star Wars fandom, and we, SWAG77, are about that.

While other groups do that in their own ways, the toxicity, segregation, isolation, and exclusion hurt all fandom, not just the individual.

We end fan toxcity through the encouragement of creative expression and love.

Because as owner, SWAG77 believes what Dr. Martin Luther King, a Jedi (Djedi) before we knew what one was, said:

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Minister Of Planet: Mandalorian Teen Arrested At Anti-Terrorist Policies by ImperialSecurity Bureau Agent

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Minister Of Planet
Where Mandalorian Teen Was Wrongly Arrested Is Anti-Mandalorian Imperial
Security Bureau Agent

To
her supporters, Lothalian Minister Maketh Tua is a tough-as-nails Minister
who’s not afraid to take on Mandalorians.

To
her critics, Tua is a fear-monger who stokes the flames of Mandophobia.

So
both Tua’s fans and foes can surely find a talking point in the incident where Imperial
Stormtroopers arrested 14-year-old Sabine Wren for bringing a homemade chronometer
to school that they thought looked like a “Mandalorian detonator
bomb.”

Tua
first made headlines for challenging the Mandalorian Code, when she wrote a Spacebook
post vowing to look into a “Mandalorian law court” that was said to
have been set up by an Lothalian Mandalorian Academy.

“While
I am working to better understand how this ‘court’ will function and whom will
be subject to its decisions, please know that if it is determined that there
are violations of basic rights occurring, I will not stand idle and will fight
with every fiber of my being against this action,” she wrote.

But
the “Mandalorian law court” wasn’t actually headquartered in Lothal,
which abuts Kalevala, nor did it have anything to do with the former Old Republic
Center on Lothal. A note on the holopage of Kalevala Mandalorian Tribunal,
which settle civil disputes between Mandalorians for a fee, aimed to
disambiguate the two.

“Media
speculation has led members of the local community to wonder if the former Old
Republic Center on Lothal is facilitating ‘Mandalorian Courts’ at the Academy”
the Mandalorian Tribunal’s website read. “The management of the former Old
Republic Center on Lothal categorically declares that no such court operates on
the center’s premises. No other academy in the area operates such courts.
However, the Tribunal that operates in the Mandalorian space, independent of
the academies, to address a genuine need within our community for intra-community
arbitration.”

Then,
Tua threw her support behind a bill that would forbid Imperial judges from
using Mandalorian law in their rulings. The bill’s author, Senator Gall Trayvis,
had said the bill would solve the “problem” of the Tribunal in Lothal,
according to the Lothalian News.

Tua
made the Imperial media rounds to talk about the “Imperial laws for Imperial
courts” effort, giving interviews to Becrux Nolayt and Alton Kastle. She
spoke to Plido Acamar, the founder of the anti-Mandalorian think tank Center
for Security Policy, on his HoloNet radio show. Conspiracy theory site WND ran
a piece on Tua under the headline “Moff Takes Stand Against Mandalorian Academy
Courts.”

She
also capitalized on the newfound attention with a Spacebook fundraising plea.

“Recent
events have put me under attack and I need your help now! Stand with me to help
me fight for Imperial values and the Conventions,” she wrote.

Amid
criticism of her support for Trayvis’ bill, Tua turned to the editorial pages
of The Mandalorian HoloNet News to further propagate what she saw as a
non-controversial message.

“To
me, this is about making sure people, especially women, understand our planet
guarantees certain rights and liberties, and those should not be
surrendered,” she wrote in The Mandalorian HoloNet News. “It is
baffling to comprehend the amount of controversy generated by my support as Minister
of Lothal for a law that simply asks judges to uphold Imperial fundamental convention
rights when deciding a case that involves a conflicting Mandalorian law.”

It
was The Mandalorian HoloNet News’ editorial board that chastised Tua for
traveling to speak to Imperial Security Bureau activists instead of focusing on
the needs of the community she represents.

“Tua’s
focus on Lothal’s growth earned her our recommendation. But we also urged her
to build ‘cooperation and unity,’” the editorial read. “She’s failed
at that part of the job. An important part of Lothal’s population is Mandalorians
and the planet is home to a major academy.”

“Tua
could spend her time more productively by reaching out the local Mandalorian
supporter community instead of catering to Imperial Security Bureau voters who
feed on fear about Mandalorians and relish shots at the press,” the
editorial continued.

While
Tua had spent a long time speaking out against Mandalorian law, she did not
mention Wren’s background in a Spacebook post reacting to her arrest.

“I
do not fault the Imperial Academy or the Stormtroopers for looking into what
they saw as a potential threat,” she wrote. “They have procedures to
run when a possible threat or criminal act is discovered. They follow these
procedures in the sole interest of protecting our children and Imperial
personnel…I hope this incident does not serve as a deterrent against our Stormtroopers
and Imperial personnel from maintaining the safety and security of our Imperial
Academies.”

She
went on to write that she hoped the incident wouldn’t discourage Wren or other cadets
from pursuing their passion for building.

No
charges were ultimately filed against Wren, who has since been invited to visit
the Imperial Coruscant Center, the Imperial Security Bureau, the Raithal
Academy on Raithal and Spacebook’s headquarters.

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SWR SWAG77 Script for Thrawn Speaks to Sabine about Art

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swrpu:

getthrawnin:

Another fan fiction based off of a roleplay performance we did in January 2015. There is a long post production process that we have to get our ideas off the ground due to limited writers (an abilities).

This is a story about a painting of both cultural significance and a sordid past. Essentially, it’s an evil painting created by JAYNOR OF BITH for RUGESS NOME. There is an underlying meaning to this painting though it seems like nothing.

THRAWN has discovered this underlying meaning and wants the painting. But because it’s priceless, it will fetch large sums of money on the Black Market if it were stolen. Currently, the painting is up for auction on Lothal. So the Rebels, needing money decide to enlist the support of LANDO CALRISSIAN (tw) to steal the painting to sell on the Black Market. The Rebels that best knows about painting is SABINE WREN (fb)(tw)(g+)( sabinewren77).

This excerpt is the beginning of the performance. Tell us what you think? Honest opinion. What can we improve?


EXT: LANDO CALRISSIAN
AND SABINE WREN ENTER THE ART
AUCTION CATHEDRAL WITH A SEA OF POLITICIANS AND DIGNITARIES. SABINE WREN IN HER PLUM FORMAL DRESS.

SABINE WREN
I cleaned up for this? Oh…

LANDO CALRISSIAN
Yes. Enjoy the art, my fair bird. U may never see some of these again. Take a
look at this one.

SABINE WREN
That’s no Jaynor painting. That’s holographic arts. I didn’t know this was a
multimedia show.

LANDO CALRISSIAN
Try not to make eye contact with the snooty people here, okay? Of course, not
just one piece is up for sale at an auction. How about this painting?

SABINE WREN
A reprint of “DANCING ON WATER” by the Mon Calamari Opera? A bit
grown up…What are the Imperials into these days?

LANDO CALRISSIAN
Someone up there has a heart for history I suppose or trophies of destruction? I
can’t call it. I hear they recently scoured a dying planet for art and culture
before completely destroying it.

SABINE WREN
Imperials. You could say that again!

CUT TO:

SABINE WREN balks and
then downs a glass of champagne.

LANDO CALRISSIAN
Thirsty eh?

SABINE WREN
You’re making me nervous. Let’s separate and as my body guard, you’re in charge
of those invites.

LANDO CALRISSIAN
Alright, why don’t I blend in with the other Imperials to see if I can find
where they’re either hiding this Jaynor of Bith painting.

CUT TO:

SABINE WREN nods as
she grabs another champagne flute and is tipsy and clumsy

EXT: THRAWN’S
IMPERIAL SHUTTLE LANDS, HEAVILY ARMED STORMTROOPERS SPEED OUT OF THE SHUTTLE.
ENTERS AUCTION WITH HIS CHISS CAPTAIN, THEIR RED EYES AND BLUE SKIN STANDS OUT
AS ALIENS. IDENTIFIES THE PAINTING AS SABINE
WREN
EXAMINES IT.

THRAWN
The “VISAGE PRESAGE” a rather curious name. Say, is that girl familiar to you?

YOGAR
LYSTE
Vaguely familiar, but I can’t place her sir.

AGENT KALLUS
Lyste, check her invitation. But she does looks familiar

YOGAR
LYSTE
Excuse me miss. May I see your invitation?

SABINE WREN
Uh huh. My bodyguard has it. He’s that Stormtrooper over there…

YOGAR LYSTE
Stay here, Miss, while I inquire of him. Excuse me TROOPER, I must view this
woman’s invitation

CUT TO:

SABINE WREN stumbles to the painting ‘VISAGE PRESAGE’
painting when it dawns on her that this is JAYNOR OF BITH masterpiece

SABINE WREN
MY MAKER!

CUT TO:

SABINE WREN backs up and bumps into THRAWN as her
drink splashes

SABINE WREN
Uh…So…Agh…my Lord…Admiral…Sir…

THRAWN
It’s quite alright. Are you enjoying the auction?

CUT TO:

Flimsies are shuffled around between LANDO CALRISSIAN as a STORMTROOPER
and YOGAR LYSTE and his men return to SABINE WREN and THRAWN

LANDO CALRISSIAN
Oh yes, sir. It is right here. She is PRINCESS SELEN YASOR daughterof the
distinguished LORD EN SABA YASOR of HELSKA IV

YOGAR
LYSTE
You will have to come with me until I can verify this invitation

LANDO CALRISSIAN
Who’s the blue face?

SABINE
WREN
How rude TROOPER! ADMIRAL I am the PRINCESS YASOR SELEN and I would be having a
good time if your henchmen would UNHAND ME!

THRAWN
It’s alright, Lieutenant. I’ll be with her…

CUT TO:

YOGAR LYSTE, AGENT KALLUS and LANDO CALRISSIAN disperse.

SABINE
WREN
Sir, you’re a CHISS…err…Imperial Admiral and you like art…err…do you like art?

THRAWN
Of course I am. Who would dare impersonate an Imperial officer? And I do enjoy
art quite a bit. Though, very few truly understand art. For instance, what do
you think of this piece, the “VISAGE PRESAGE”?

SABINE
WREN
This piece? Odd direction by JAYNOR…I mean the colors are odd for what he
usually does and the pattern and design and lighting are awkward for his usual
work.

THRAWN
I believe JAYNOR created this piece in his younger days. Its patterns are odd,
but they do mean something. What do you think the piece means?

SABINE
WREN
It means patterns to a place far off?

THRAWN takes a deep breath to explain


Tell us what you think

SWR SWAG77 RP Performance Story About Empire Day

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“Hello, I’m Alton Kastle and I’m live right here for a glorious Empire Day. All should go well. We will roll out Lothal’s new shipyard.”

“Despite what you think from last year’s Empire Day, expectations are high that there will not be another terrorist occurrence by the Insurgents.”

Searches the Imperial Academy students to interview. “Excuse me. Miss? Miss? What is your name?” The holodroid mic thrusts into the face of a small redheaded girl of 13 years of age. She appears excited and angry from high security due to last year’s attack. “Miss, do you feel safe with the Empire?”

She quickly shoved the droid’s mic away from her. “Get that hunk of junk out of my face!” She saw some of the other girls laughing and went to hang out and laugh with them.

They stood there watching the parade and taking holo selfies together to put on Instaholo.

“That’s 50,000 Imperial Credits, cadet!” He straightens himself up and looks around to find if there are any stormtroopers nearby. He mumbles to himself. “Things change… Not in my day, Academy graduates were eager to speak.”

He leaves them as he glares at them and straightens his hair for another broadcast. “And we have what is called a ‘peaceful protest’ by the Lothal residents. They dress in meager attire and appear like hooligans, not the cleanliness of the Empire and what it brings to them.” The droids take images of dilapidated abodes and grim protestors. “Some say they are Insurgent sympathizers and they aid, abet and condone violence.”

The droid mic starts to interview the protesters who are angry and no one understands them. Alton Kastle rolls his eyes looking for some protocol droid that can speak alien languages. He rakes his head back and the tightened jaw on his face shows his disdain. “Where are Imperials when you need them? I hate interviewing aliens!”

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“Woah check that out.” She heard one of the other girls say. Mara turned and saw the protesters. She heard many of the academy students talking smack and agitating the protesters. But she wanted to fit in so she joined them. “QUIT TRYING TO MAKE THE EMPIRE LOOK BAD! YOUR NOTHING BUT REBEL SYMPATHIZERS!”

Alton Kastle interviews an elderly Rodian female whose begging eyes wanted to tell the Empire to stop, but she was long-winded and stuttered. Kastle’s eyes rolled because she was an annoyance, when he saw the crowd surge and sway him almost losing his footing. He stumbles a bit preparing to sneer at them. “You break my holocom, as an Imperial citizen, I will sue you.” But that “you” he spoke to were another group of kids with their heads covered in defaced stormtrooper helmets with various markings. The sweat from their fisted hands ready for Empire day and not in a good way.

Kastle looks around carefully worried the tidal surge of the nasty mash of human and alien bodies would ruin his tidy Imperial uniform. His eyes darted to find a familiar face. It was the kids that last smarted off at him. He waved in desperation hoping they would come to his aid. “I hope this time, they can see, there are always two sides in the Empire. Ours and the wrong side.”

Mara noticed that the academy students started running at the younger crowd to fight them. Bottles and droid parts started flying as the riot started. Mara knew that if she fought the academy students Vader would suspect something. So she did the only thing she knew how to do. She ran with the students and got involved with fighting.

Her mind raced as she got in a fist fight with a around 16 year old boy. Her Jedi reflexes helped her dodge his swings and her combat training gave her the upper hand. She suppressed the urge to use the force on the teen to get him to back off. Suddenly she felt something hit her back and she fell forward as a teen tackled her from behind. They rolled around in the street beating on each other.

His eyes widened as he say two camps of young people start flying across the street and banging sound of pipes and fists on skin. He dodged the duracrete thrown across at him attempting to wade through the scuffle not realizing every move he made was on holocam. “Wait! Wait! I’m in a melee. It looks like children of the Rebel Insurgents have ganged up on the…peaceful protesters–” A meliroon fruit crate rams into him as he body propels into a wall. He feels the freshly graffiti spray paint that soils his neat tidy Imperial uniform in colors of orange, red, blue and purple. Shocked by his appearance he sees the droid keeping up with him dodging the rocks being thrown. “If there any Stormtrooper units, please! Come to my aid! NOW!”

That is when he felt the hairs on his neck stand as the compression of the wind shifted and sonic boom sounds thrown him perpendicular to where he was into a seedy dive. He shakes his head from utter confusion as various flammable lights ignite the night sky. He searches for him holocam droid who huddles next to him as if it were in fear, and the microphone live. “It appears…” He coughs. “Citizens, it appears…I’m sad to say this…the Rebels have attacked us again on Empire Day.” His voice solemn, but his rage narrows his eyes when he walks towards the old Rodian female and throws a punch to her face. “REBEL SCUM!”

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Mara through off the teenager that had pinned her to the ground and was thrown back from the blast. She couldn’t help but smile slightly. “Beautiful Sabine. As always.” She took a quick holo of the explosion and posted it to Instaholo so she could see her work in case she missed it.

In her distracted state she didn’t realize a pack of rebels had surrounded her. She knew she couldn’t use the Force to push them away so she tried to battle her way out of the pileup that resulted from their attack.

He sees TIE fighters screech overhead along with other ships filled with the power and might of Empire. “Finally. It’s time to stop this–” He dodges thrown debris as he looks at his gloved fist hot with melted blood from the few Rebels he hit.

Then his holocam droid films the Imperial Academy students fighting with the Rebel Insurgent thug rioters. That same redhead girl has several rioters fighting against her as she beats each one with punches that only can be warrior trained. Perplexed he studies her moves, ones he has never seen before. When a squad of stormtroopers arrive he walks over take her out of that fight but has to stand back. “Cadet! Cadet! The Empire has you. Can you tell us what happened?” The holocam films her as its spotlight flickers.