As one reviews the screenshots from the website, one can see that entertainment, consumer guests, and families are a central theme to the corporation.
To us at the Star Wars Actors Guild 77 Fan Group, the themes mean that particular creative storytelling, concepts and entertainment has to be geared to an audience of all ages.
Thus, diverse characters and their development can be created through a dictum than a vague, loose and random chaos. And the characters must be accessible to all diverse people of all ages.
When certain original characters that were created before purchase of Lucasfilm by The Walt Disney Corporation in 2012, the characters still had to be accessible to all diverse people of all ages. Some original characters were with particular contracts. Some contracts had to be re-organized. And some characters and story arcs needed archived. But for those original characters and story arcs, the fact still remains, these elements had to be accessible to all diverse people of all ages.
That means families and family entertainment, which includes children’s programming.
Fans who force and menace others in the fandom about the way it should be do not understand the basic tenets of The Walt Disney Corporation and if they hope to effect change, they must address each of these tenets and why perspectives should change for this billion dollar worldwide corporation.
Does the fan idea fit the confines of The Walt Disney Corporation?
If the fan idea does not, the menacing fan vitriol and demands will go unanswered.
The Star Wars Actors Guild 77 fan group want to uplift Star Wars fandom through positive action to create change in The Walt Disney Corporation with mutual respect and collaboration than contention and vitriol.
We feel we have done that with our “Team Tano”, “Across The Stars: Reylo” and “Get Thrawn In” campaigns.
We have endured tremendous amount of menacing by some fans and amid all these issues, the corporation gave us some of our desired outcomes.
Such as the return Ahsoka Tano to animation and live action, a soft glance at an anthology for Reylo, and re-canonizing Grand Admiral Thrawn.
Since the Star Wars Actors Guild 77 fan group focuses on Star Wars Expanded Universe (SWEU) and later called, Star Wars Legends characters and stories, we chose Thrawn as a focal point and ran activities that we felt would have some influence on future programming. We accomplished our desired outcome through animation in 2016 where we saw Grand Admiral Thrawn in the Star Wars Rebels animated show.
Now, we hope to see Thrawn in live action and hopefully in cinema.
What we see some fan thinking is an ignorance about The Walt Disney Corporation’s tenets and what will work, and what will not work.
Some fans will same fan groups are meaningless in some programming decisions and we understand that. And we think that if done in a professional matter, at least The Walt Disney Corporation and their affiliates will hear us out. We will continue for positive action process in our campaigns.
I am tearful as I write this information because I fear no Star Wars fan hears me. I feel I should bow out, but I have FOMO and the minute I stop my creation will work. These facts depress me. I feel useless and less important each day. When I should be proud of my work. How and why do I keep going?
What hurts the owner the most about The Star Wars Actors Guild 77 is the time spent on lifting vague inklings to fulminant profitable ideas, such as:
Star Wars Celebration 2017, 2015 and 2012
SWAG77 commissioned the REYLO art by the fan artist Panda Capuccino. Today, I have not been able to contact her, anymore.
My idea for Star Wars Celebration is to legitimize online Star Wars fan groups on social media. I had no idea how to put that together. I had not done that before. I asked for help and received no input.
So, I read business magazines, read some business aspects of Facebook and Twitter, and set it up that way. I had organized major Health Forums in my city with vendors, such as Pfizer and the Komen Breast Cancer organizations. And I gave it up because it because taxing for me to do. They gave me funding to organize Health Forums for diverse women.
But, to put together Star Wars Celebration fan tables for online Star Wars fan groups was not frequent activity in 2012.
I spent a lot of money each time.
I had Star Wars fans walk out on me and then bad-mouth and lie about me behind my back. It hurts. But my Star Wars fandom was undeterred. I had worse in my Ph.D. program and that was in my face.
I did not give up my Star Wars fandom. I decided to create better programming for SWAG77 beyond fan-fiction writing, reading and review of the literature, and creating fan art for the stories we perform.
I started with creation of a campaign. One where Disney would at least hear us. It was not Lucasfilm Limited we had to convince. It was the Disney Board of Directors and programming that asked questions.
When Disney purchased Lucasfilm Limited, there were a lot of loose ends. Most of those ends in terms of contracts were frayed. Disney lawyers do not allow that. So all those loose ends had to be tied together.
Unfortunately, that meant that Disney had to cut some of those ends and one of them were the Star Wars Expanded Universe that many longtime fans knew.
This issue is about budgets. Disney reviewed the numbers with a fine toothed comb and discovered inconsistencies that caused the loose ends. The inconsistencies are a drain to move projects forward. To stop that headache in terms of creative control that can become costly, that meant converting most of the previous material to “Legends” canon.
Since SWAG77 consists of online social media roleplayers, where most roleplayers at the time knew the SWEU now Legends, it was a blow to our hearts to hear our beloved stories were meaningless after spending thousands of dollars on ideas. Many longtime fans that includes roleplayers either left the fandom or became real-time Star Wars fans.
Some fans fought back and put up billboards and harassed fans that took a wait and see attitude. SWAG77 had several of its Facebook paged dedicated to the new Star Wars content claiming we were meaningless. It is not their criticism we disliked receiving, it was their profanity and their offensive meme arts. It is not their dislike of the new characters that is at issue, it is their pointed attacks on specific characters because of their immutable differences, such as being Black, a woman or a member of the LGBTQIA+ community.
It is fine by SWAG77 to dislike and criticism that the material is disliked. It is wrong to use profanity to describe one’s criticism. But on social media, fans do not care. It is fine by SWAG77 to dislike the new characters and prefer the old characters, but it is wrong to use diverse immutable difference to justify one’s hatred of the new characters. How does a person change their skin color? Or decide to remain their assigned gender? Or transition into their preferred gender or love someone of the same gender? Why hurt people based on looks that cannot be changed like a television channel?
Why does SWAG77 care? Because the owner is a Black woman – a member of BIPOC – and will choose love over hate every single time..
Based on a last attack in 2014 over these issues, SWAG77 pursue an active social media campaign that was organized just like a political cause campaign since the owner had lots of experience in political causes, such as marching and protesting with Hosea Williams in Forsyth County, Georgia who ran out all the Black people who wanted to live there. Such as ending Apartheid in South Africa through Amnesty International. Such as voter registration activities, health care initiatives, fighting for the Affordable Care Act because she had three family members languish in pain in skilled nursing care.
The owner just thought, that if these Star Wars fans truly wanted some of the Legends to return, the hear is how to get Disney to listen. And to listen is all about “THE ASK” for corporations. We started in 2014, but launched in 2015 after hearing quotes from a voice actor for the Star Wars Legends character, GRAND ADMIRAL THRAWN.
I thought rallying fans would be easy. I was wrong. Everything done got disparaged. Fortunately not in any known podcasts or blogs like our roleplay stories and scripts were. And even now, Star Wars fans have the audacity to belittle all the work it took to GET THRAWN IN BACK INTO CANON by saying Disney Star Wars sucks and Star Wars Rebels Thrawn is a clown.
Look: Disney HEARD US BECAUSE OUR ASK WAS ABOUT THE PROMOTION OF ART. And as any Thrawn fan knows, ART is central to this character and its development. FANS ARE LUCKY that Disney Lucasfilm Limited HEARD what we said.
Because in 2015, NO FAN that currently pops off like a fruit knew who THRAWN was. Only a FEW DEDICATED COSPLAYERS and fan artists did.
We broke a part the campaign into 3 programs: The overall attributes of Thrawn that we wanted; how the children can be included, and the art evaluation program.
The overall attributes were “blue papers” – like white papers but for Thrawn in blue. The art evaluation — appreciation of fine art and criticism 101 was a great idea until I learned that many fans had no clue about the fine arts and that exposure was more important. But the inclusion of children took a turn into ysalamiri and one member took over than process because I was inundated with the overall attributes and paying for the social media to operate the campaign.
It became SAVE THE YSALAMIRI. I created it like “Save the Whales” after reviewing several “SAVE” animal websites. The member told me an idea, and I took it a step further based on the campaign. I needed funding, but the member was fine doing it for free. So, I allowed it. When a business takes a donation without set up, it is reviewed by the IRS in such a way that gets a business audited. I was not set up for donations. The IRS wants to know who are these people giving me money — i.e. are they drug dealers laundering money and is your business a front? I don’t have lawyers to where I can afford the protection like companies. So that is why I let things go, but at least have some acknowledgement of my business’ involvement.
The issue is this would have never happened if I did not pursue GETTING THRAWN IN as a campaign to make Thrawn canon.
And maybe Lucasfilm considered the possibility of Thrawn back into canon. From the rumors, I don’t know to be true, there was a list of characters and Thrawn’s name was somewhere in the middle. Our Star Wars Celebration 2015 fan table shoved Thrawn’s name to the top, especially with that simplistic video. And the fact that Dave Filoni came by our booth early and I was so sick (I had caught a cold where my tonsils swelled and I had to go to the ER at 3 AM) and had to get treated in another city.
I would not slog through a serious health issue if I did not think GET THRAWN IN would not work. My health is more important than this fandom.
And let me tell you why.
At the end of Star Wars Celebration 2012, I saw a cosplayer dress as a Sith, rather heavy-set man, spalled out on the floor where the paramedics were reaching for their AED (automatic external defibrillator). The paramedics and police were racing to save this man’s life. I do not know who he was or what more happened. But as a health professional, I knew this Star Wars fan, and many like him for different conditions, needed improved health activities at conventions. To use the fandom to encourage healthy behaviors.
I CAN DO THAT. I HAVE BEEN TRAINED FOR THAT.
That is the main reason why I have not left Star Wars Fandom. Because, I never want to see some dude have a heart attack when these conventions are meant to be about fun. I never want to see a fan raging in a mental health issue when there are fans to talk other down. No one should suffer in any fandom healthwise, and my fandom happens to be Star Wars.
So when fans bash me, I remember than man, a cosplayer on the floor of a con slowly dying from cardiac arrest when probably he just wanted to have fun.
And I can do something about that.
But, I should have left a long time ago. I am not going to Star Wars Celebration 2022. I am immunocompromised and COVID19 would kill me, even though I am fully vaccinated. I cannot risk it. I have gotten sick at Anaheim Convention Center before and all though crowds make me nervous these days.
I can be online, from afar, I’m not a metaverse person. I just want to be a part of the fandom
Currently, I have to fund rase to bring forth better programming. I am doing that by capital investments. We would like fans to help us with a purchase of a NFT or t-shirt. With better programs, we can help influence Disney for more Star Wars content.
Our main commission of Thrawn X Sabine fan art created by Elthien, is based off the silent movie “Forbidden Paradise” from 1924. It is about a royal woman who falls in love with a foreign soldier who discovers a revolution in her country. It stars Pola Negri and Rod la Rocque.
Our NFT location shows all our artwork we have created
Following the tropes of these kinds of stories, I support Sabine Wren.
The Darksaber called to her. She didn’t have to pick it up.
She could have:
Pick it up, realized what it was, then drop it
Pick it up realize what it was and hand it to a wielder to the Force.
Which she did.
Then she refused to train, but it was Hera that talked her into it. Kanan allowed Sabine to train with the Darksaber despite how dangerous it was.
Din Djarin (Mando) CONFISCATED the Darksaber from a non-Mandalorian (dar’manda). Confiscation is NOT being called to it. Now we find out the Darksaber has become too heavy for him. Why is it heavy for Din Djarin is up for speculation.
WE speculate that Din Djarin may have fought for the Empire as a Mandalorian like Gar Saxon. Then, his mind was erased by the Empire and dropped him off somewhere to find himself as a bounty hunter. Din Djarin’s forced amnesia causes a block to use the Darksaber and requires Din Djarin to break through it.
Maybe Luke Skywalker can break Din Djarin’s block. Fans will have to see.
Tarik Heitman gave SWAG77 Member Ty’gen Doughtryss kudos for the following image
All kudos to SWAG77 members is not endorsement or qualified statements from celebrities. SWAG77 presents how entertainment professionals appreciate our social media efforts and services. Our goals is to champion the creative professionals in entertainment.
“The Build The Galaxy Better Act is fiscally responsible legislation. We will pay an incredible price if we fail to lower Galactic Imperial citizens’ costs. The high costs of unaffordable youngling orphan care on the Outer Rim, medical droid treatments, energy, and more. Suppose we continue turning a blind eye to Separatist big corporations and the ultra-wealthy aliens cheating war reparations to the Empire.
“Women, humans, and aliens, like Twi’leks, are huge drivers of economic growth, but they’re dropping out of the workforce because they can’t afford youngling care. Galactic Imperial citizens cough up billions to Big Med Droid companies because health care can’t negotiate MedStar prices. So we’re lagging behind the timetables investing in clean energy and green manufacturing to protect us, all while failing to protect Galactic Imperial citizens from sweetheart deals that enrich Former Separatist Hyperfuel. And we’re letting Former Banking Clan rip off the Galaxy on Muunilist that are lining their pockets with the Trillions in war reparations they already owe under Imperial law.
“It’s no wonder why economists are cutting their forecasts for Galactic Empire economic growth following Senator Manej Niche’s comments. The Build The Galaxy Better Act combats inflation and invests in what we need for a strong, stable, galactic competitive economy. We must forge on for the sake of our economic recovery.”
The Star Wars Actors Guild 77 wants to wish all Star Wars fans who celebrate Christmas to enjoy their time with their loved ones and have comfort and joy during this season.
If we could have added more of your stockings on our hearths, but if you look, there might be a Christmas present for everyone. We think the location is one of the homes of Grand Admiral Thrawn. He certainly has a fiery Chimaera in our fanfiction in that fire.
And take a trip around the good ole Christmas tree on the hyperfuel train as Boba Fett, Grogu and Darth Vader gives us some love.