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From our family to yours: Merry Christmas from the Star Wars Actors Guild 77 (SWAG77)

Mele Kalikimaka

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.

SWAG77 would like to thank Ty’gen Doughtryss for all his art, and Brett Sayles who allowed this free to use with attribution of a Christmas template.

  • Title: “Lighted Christmas Tree”
  • Author: Brett Sayles
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  • License: CC 2.0 BY-SA

SWAG77 Fan Art Attribution Addendum: Our Use Of Deepfake Technology

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New technology: Synthetic Media (Deepfake Technology)

SWAG77 purchased programs that are capable of modifying one image to another to a whole new created image that is further modified to fit the imagery of the fanfiction stories we write in a show and tell. We use Synthetic Media or Deepfake Technology.

While we commission fan artists for complex images, which can become costly for us, we have purchased these programs for rapid creation and high output for more stories we wish to relay to fans.

Some websites require age confirmation and consent to use images of real-life people.

Per their rules and regulations, SWAG77 wants to abide by the rules set forth.

We do not understand how a website will enforce the use of freely available images from search engines that are not stock photos or in commercial magazines. Moreover, there is no mention of the use of algorithms in the creation of synthetic media and its modifications.

SWAG77 supports the rules and regulations set forth by the company of which its content is held.

Our policy now is that an original fair use unblurred facial image creates new media by our synthetic media programs. Artificial intelligence that synthetic media uses, modifies the original image markedly to become a new creation. We think that our use of these programs is the definition of creative art. Since the new image is not of a living person but an interpretation made by artificial intelligence, we think that consent is irrelevant since we created this fictional character and all images.

The original fair use unblurred facial image we show publicly is blurred by image modification technology, including our content that is kept on exclusive sites.

As of November 1, 2021:

SWAG77, its parent company, Ariafya LLC, and all subsidiaries that use this synthetic media technology will list the use of said programs that created a new image from image manipulations and modifications.

SWAG77 Editorial: HBO Max’s 15 Minutes Of Shame And Schadenfreude

HBO Max’s 15 Minutes Of Shame was produced by Monica Lewinsky of President Clinton fame and Max Joseph of the TV Show Catfish. A very odd group to present this concept of what happens on social media, but necessary for this age.

Monica Lewinsky was only 22 years old when her name moved around the world, and it is her shame. My grandmother used to say she was called “everything but a child of God.” And I remember the comments made about her in 1998. I was an adult in graduate school when it happened. I don’t know how strongly I felt. I probably was mad because I encountered how some women cozy up to celebrity men by any means necessary, and the man is helpless unwittingly. I had undergone the most humiliating embarrassment of my life at that time, and I thought such nasty things.

Today, I have learned from an unlikely source differently by being more open-minded to why one would say and do what they say even if they are in direct opposition to me. I still have far to go.

Anyhow, 15 Minutes of Shame outlines very recent individuals who have made a tiny error in life, even apologize for it and wind up on social media lambasted. They are threatened with their lives. Their family’s life is threatened. They lost their jobs. Their story never stops, and it is not even accurate! Moreover, there is identity harassment: harassment of an immutable trait, like race, ethnicity, sexual preference or gender diversity, or religious belief — anyone who is not of the mainstream and part of the marginalized communities — facts that can’t change — and the result on social media is not just a few harassers, but hundreds per day, on large format social media where someone, a lone wolf, can take action to harm.

We on social media know these facts. But I suspect many, mostly younger than me, don’t know that the bullying, harassment, and blasting are helping social media companies profit from individuals’ errors and demise. In the United States of America, we have freedom of speech — which genuinely means the government can’t come after you if you think of administration of governance or elected official or officer of the court is foul. You can’t threaten them with harm or injury. But if you say they’re an idiot for whatever reason, you have that right, and they cannot kill you or put you in jail.

But social media companies are protected by a law written in 1996 that whatever individuals say on their sites, they are not responsible. This law is euphemistically called “Section 230”. The issue is the law is dated and old-fashioned. Back then, up until the 2000s, social media was in its infancy. People used it to learn new things and new ideas. It was a fun and exciting dynamic. Then at some time in 2010-2012, it went haywire. Individuals discovered that they had power and could use it. That information posted goes unchecked, and the social media companies didn’t care because they won’t be held accountable. Threats of bodily harm could be rampant, but since social media is a business, the harmful individuals RARELY were penalized. However, at some point, social media companies discovered that they could make more money to increase engagement by making a post go viral. It can get viral by appealing to the bottom urges of humanity’s brains — the medulla oblongata — the rage and anger areas through moral outrage. The morality centers taught to us, our underlying values, if they run algorithms from Artificial Intelligence (AI), the more trigger words or catchphrases or comments of moral turpitude you make, the more ads get shown to you that bolsters your emotions to act devoid of critical thinking skills and questions.

Moreover, it works when people are sad and depressed. Of course, rage leads to sadness and depression. In comparison, anxiety comes from fear of the unknown, which can lead to anger.

The Yoda idea: Fear leads to anger, anger leads to hate, hate leads to suffering…

The big tech makes money manipulating that process to make you more angry by showing similar posts which can goad you on and ads that will cater to your base desires.

For example, I do not like cheaters. I loathe them. So ads that will piss me off are raunchy romance novels where either the women or men are cheaters, which makes me angry. Or showing my friends’ posts who say they are undergoing a divorce because their significant other cheated on them. Or videos where one woman goes over to another woman’s house and starts kicking her ass. There’s more. Lawyers that specialize in divorce because a spouse cheated. Movies about cheating. All of these kinds of information get me to either re-tweet it or share it. All in the hopes of more people seeing it to make money off of a few keywords and what I like and do not like or share.

What is going on is FEAR. Fear is the mind killer — and we must face our fears. Or the anxiety explodes. To fight that off, we get angry, and the anger peaks, then we spiral down into a pit of despair. And then it becomes a vicious cycle because we get addicted to it. Literally, dopamine, the pleasure chemical, is released, and we desire that reward of a high from a sadist’s perspective in getting back at the person under our closest radar and ire. We seek the weakest—all of us.

What does this have to do with Star Wars?

A lot. I was harassed relentlessly by a narcissistic lunatic in 2011, where I had to leave Twitter. This fool makes 100s of burner accounts all to harass me over a lie fabricated by utterly hateful people. It was before I knew that Black women were targeted. Before I knew there were “misogynoirists” who hated Black women. People who were anti-Black and that a large portion of the fandom is racist. I learned people hated me because of my identity, but at the time, I thought I was the only one.

All I was doing was writing fiction for Star Wars as a part of my fandom, reading Star Wars books, buying Star Wars books, asking Star Wars questions, and doing Star Wars roleplay. They hated me because they harassed me, and I told them I could find them so they could say that silly stuff to my face. They got scared, so the group blocked me.

So, because of Twitter bolstering ugliness on its site, I took to Facebook on a recommendation of a fellow fan. I did that until the lunatics directly harassed me with racist comments and said they would kill me. I was not too fond of that, but I was not concerned until I saw my real name on a white supremacist Facebook page. Facebook did nothing after all my reports and then deleted my account because they made up new rules.

So, I had a legal business. It was time to use my business license and start obtaining advertising affiliates. I found out Amazon had one, too. I used them for a while until they decided to kick me off for no reason when they screwed up. But I got something for them. It won’t matter much, but it’s something.

Then a young man helped me seek out a better Star Wars fandom and pursue the “big league” kinds of stuff. It is competitive to do what we used to do, but I could make some things work with some of my training in political campaigns and non-profits. I did business with Disney Lucasfilm Star Wars, which I’m very proud of, and I’ve had my time.

I’m concerned about Star Wars Fandom these days because I endorse a relationship (ship) that only a handful of fans endorse. I support the shipping of Grand Admiral Thrawn with Sabine Wren. They have a 20 year age gap between them as adults, and the story is about agency, choice, consent, and acceptance. It is not all about sex, but fanfiction is about sex, generally.

I fucking got Grand Admiral Thrawn into Star Wars Rebels with the “Get Thrawn In” campaign with a $5000 fan table at Star Wars Celebration Anaheim. When Sabine Wren was first announced as an “explosive artist” Mandalorian, a couple of fans said she would have a lot to discuss with Grand Admiral Thrawn. Then her story became clear. She is more important in the galaxy than we once thought. The only being to properly be with her as a supporter is Grand Admiral Thrawn. Moreover, one of her compatriots, Fenn Rau, pledged himself to support her no matter what by raising an army under her rule. Fenn Rau knows nothing about creating and implementing efficient battle plans, but Grand Admiral Thrawn does.

I don’t know the end of my story due to writer’s block. I do not have an idea block. However, I get hung up on what other people say — another pitfall to social media that social media companies have organized.

Star Wars fans of Grand Admiral Thrawn force other ships on the character. I do not care for these ships. Thrawn is shipped with characters from past books to current novels and in the Star Wars Rebels TV show, except Sabine Wren. That is fine with me, but I ship him with Sabine because I want to do it. Fans dislike my ship because they do not respect me. They ridicule me and call me a pedophile when my story is about adults. These acts are NOT Star Wars fandom — it’s Star Wars The Fandom Menace. It is cruel to see my demise because they think it is wrong or not created by them.

I do not waste my time bashing other fans because I have too much to do. I sell books, and some fans buy them from me. I take those funds to maintain the quality of my social media. That takes money. I do not know where fans think this money should come from, but it is not about working a second job. What it is about is monetizing my fandom. If I’m going to get called a pedophile for shipping a fanfiction about Thrawn X Sabine, then I need to be paid for enduring the cruelty of that lie.

Look, I am not afraid of the swatting some warped Star Wars fan tattles to police. I do not care what they say. I have lawyers, too.

It is about a young person who is a fan of Star Wars with parents who have a considerable age difference, and their life is perfect. It is about another Star Wars fan who has met the love of their life, and there is a considerable age difference. Still, they consented and are okay with what they enjoy. It is wrong to say age differences are a problem when people are consenting adults. Power dynamics and grooming are not enough to say it is wrong. That is not right. Older people have the right to love, too, as long as it is welcomed, consenting, and everyone is an adult.

I fight for those Star Wars fans. These antis against Thrawn X Sabine are HURTING Star Wars fans with such heinous accusations. I don’t fear them calling me stupid. I do worry other Star Wars fans who have been supportive of my group being called that. Not because they can’t handle themselves, but because that is not how we are humane to one another as fans. If a fan does not understand or disagree, be sure it is about mutual respect and not falsities. And I have seen so much false information than supportive information in recent years.

This idea of mutual respect brings me back to 15 Minutes of Shame — the antis get high off of shame. It feels good. It raises pleasure neurotransmitter dopamine to seek the reward that one was right on the assumption. It is to seek that high of schadenfreude.

But ask yourself, as a fan, is it that important to get that high when you triumph over a fictional movie because of personal vendetta? To mob attack individuals who might disagree with you? Then preach being holier in piety as if you are the authority? Is that the kind of Star Wars fandom you want?

Because if it is, you are killing the Star Wars Fandom when you seek schadenfreude.

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SWAG77 Editorial: REBEL OR RULE

There is a friendly company that is advertising Star Wars-based jewelry to fans on Instagram called Enso Rings. They have posted their advertisement campaign: REBEL OR RULE. Since SWAG77 is more interested in the Disney+ series: STAR WARS REBELS, an idea came up about SABINE WREN and her choice to REBEL OR RULE.

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While most companies either organize their advertising campaigns or hire a professional Advertising/Marketing company to create their campaigns, social media sponsored posts are a different breed than commercials or print ads. Fortunately, there is more data and reach to a specific audience on social media than commercials or print ads. Therefore Enso Rings, however, designed their marketing campaign, organized their idea of REBEL OR RULE either by guidance by Disney Lucasfilm Limited and/or their interpretation of advertising campaigns from other companies. It is probably both entities.

But, REBEL OR RULE has one subtext in a movie, and then another subtext in STAR WARS REBELS related to the Mandalorian character SABINE WREN.

Enso Ring’s image of a woman with one braid across the crown of her head and ringlets falling on her face looks like PRINCESS LEIA. It seems their motif is to say that a leader like PRINCESS LEIA can choose REBEL OR RULE. She decided to REBEL.

So the idea is, what about STAR WARS REBELS as it applies to SABINE WREN?

Brief background about SABINE WREN: She was in the Emmy Award-winning show STAR WARS REBELS as a Mandalorian character and is a graffiti artist whose story is about leaving her family’s culture found life by rebelling against the Galactic Empire. A Mandalorian only fights for Mandalore. Any other form of government is either a choice or cause that believes but beneficial for one to fight. Mandalorians who fight for Mandalore fight together, but they wound up fractious and fight against each other to dominate all other families and clans. At the time, it appears SABINE abandoned that and the idea of being Mandalorian. She joined the REBELS and Rebel Alliance because she felt it was the right thing to do against the Empire, which she once was, and discovered how they killed and destroyed Mandalorians.

What is interesting about SABINE WREN is she comes from Mandalorian Royalty. Her mother is a Countess. The responsibility to rule as royalty is Sabine’s. She could surrender her royalty, but she will be a permanent outcast and unworthy of ever being called a Mandalorian. She could never wear her armor, and she could NEVER EVER come back into Mandalorian space. She knows this fact, and she thinks initially she is an outcast, but one day, she picked up a lightsaber that is the symbol of uniting the houses of Mandalore under one person with her ruling over them.

Without spoilers, but one, Sabine gave away this lightsaber to another Mandalorian to rule, Bo-Katan Kryze — who is unworthy to wield this sword. The sword came to Sabine, and she solidified her rights to it when she defeated the current IMPERIAL ruler of Mandalore, Viceroy Gar Saxon, in ritual combat. SABINE WREN DEFEATED a mighty Mandalorian Warrior who sides with the Empire, and in that act, became the “ruler” of Mandalore.

SO WHOSE RULE?

In the Enso Rings campaign, of course, for general Star Wars fans who only know the movies, the Galactic Empire rules the galaxy and is the villains.

In our case, with the Mandalorians, SABINE WREN fights for justice under Mandalorian writ and ancient warrior codes by ritual combat. She is the worthy owner of the lightsaber, called the Darksaber.

There are many reasons why she gave it away, and we have written about that in this blog and others. However, we think she knew that, and she was unwilling to rule over her people yet. She is a warrior by default, but she needs more training and diplomacy in the grand scheme of the galaxy. She also requires an army to solidify her rule, and at some point in the Star Wars story, there is a Mandalorian Purge, and many Mandalorians are dead.

So who can be in her army? An army of alliances? The Rebel Alliances?

PERHAPS…Some other race of people, perhaps?

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SWAG77 HOLONET REALTIME NEWS: Is There Specieism in the Deed to Your Homestead?

Alien covenants were designed to keep Galactic Sectors separated from aliens. Some planets are now making it easier to erase them from legal holodocuments.

Not Cut Lawquane and Suu (Or maybe?)

Suu and Cut Lawquane found an alien covenant in the deed to their homestead in Saluecami that barred anyone “other than the Human race” from owning a homestead. Although now illegal across the galaxy, the covenant would have prevented Suu, who is an alien, from owning the homestead

Last year, to celebrate the biennium of their charming homested, Suu and Cut repainted it in historically accurate colors — gray, bronze green and copper red. They commissioned beveled-glass windows to complement the original stained glass. And they visited the Saluecami Recorder, to have a line drawn through a sentence in their deed that once would have prohibited Suu, who is a Twi’lek, from owning the homestead.

“I’ve referred to it as the ultimate smudge stick to the homestead,” said Suu, a single stay-at-home mother who could farm herbs.

Buried in the fine print of their deed was an alien covenant, a clause that barred anyone other than the Human race” from owning a homestead on the planet, Saleucami. For a long time, it was common practice to insert such restrictions into deeds. The covenants targeted people who were Aleena, Lasat and Jabiimi, but especially those who were Twi’lek.

Although discriminatory clauses are now considered unenforceable in the Galaxy, the family found a clause in the fine print of their deed and were able to get an updated holodocument in which the covenant is crossed out. “Now it’s redacted and rejected,” Cut Lawquane said.

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SWAG77’s Position of Legends!Thrawn vs Rebels!Thrawn

THIS YOUTUBE FROM STAR WARS EXPLAINED Youtube is from 2018.

THE STAR WARS ACTORS GUILD 77 (SWAG77) WHOLLY AGREE WITH MOST OF THE INFORMATION IN THIS YOUTUBE.

FACT: The “founding fathers” of Star Wars Legends (Star Wars Expanded Universe) books KNOW that they are there to ENTERTAIN!!!

As FANS we need to respect that and give them the space to craft their stories to reflect the positions of the entertainment company, Disney Lucasfilm.

THESE STORIES ARE –like the Arthurian Legends (King Arthur) or Robinhood or THE RAMAYANA… There are many more that fans have seen, such as Batman and Superman.

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The Star Wars Franchise has ~40+ years of storytelling, and as stories like these age gracefully, aspects of the the telling or writing the details and elements change or upgraded to a new audience. George Lucas considers his hard work on his movies as artwork. It is why the Original Trilogy has not been remade to use the latest digital technology that affects and changes the story at some point. The story is what is very important to Mr. Lucas as the creator. It is understandable. Who would want their piece of artwork that they worked hard on markedly changed? I know I wouldn’t.

However, movies themselves on film change even in preservation unless special precautions are made. Film used in the twentieth century is not like digital media used today to create movies. And overtime old film can degrade without proper care. The essential story aspects change meaning of stories, which is unfortunate. However studios, like Disney have several methods to preserve their films and the ongoing conversion to digital media. Some, classics cannot be saved completely. That is why there are remakes. The Star Wars Franchise is not there, fortunately because Mr. Lucas like digitizing certain scenes in his Original Trilogy despite changing small aspects of his story. In someway it added to his story because what he did in 1977 could not be done at the time he digitized it in the late 1990s.

However, the stories written that became Legends did not allow younger authors invited to write for Lucasfilm to contribute the abundant and enriched stories relevant to all fans that live in our times. In 1977, people had no concept of an idea of how “lightspeed” would appear on a movie. Now, every fan of the Franchise know exactly what lightspeed is, and are not amazed by seeing that special effect. Fans want more from this Franchise, yet, want to keep the old stories or Legends that cannot be adapted into today’s movies with the entertainment business as it is. Movies studios compete for business, but it is not all by servicing the fans, it is also telling great stories on the screen, and several other strategies and tactics. Film school educates their students about these concepts.

The issue of this post is about Mitth’raw’nuruodo created by the author, Timothy Zahn in 1991. In 1991, Desert Shield that turned into Desert Storm by President H.W. Bush (the Father) based on lunacy that happened to the country, Kuwait annexed by the country, Iraq. There are many reasons why that happened and the actions America took. Popular songs changed from the popularity of the 1980s. Then Rodney King was filmed being beaten by police in California. It was disturbing to the young people of the day. I was one of them.

Many others take scenarios in real life and switch it to fit in a science fiction space opera and science fantasy. That is what Timothy Zahn did skillfully, and Star Wars fans loved it because it roused from the end of the Star Wars movies in 1983. Fans read this story and felt drawn to it, and as they became adults, they desired the story of Thrawn adapted to a movie. But over the whole of the 1990s until late 1997 when it was announced that the Prequels movies were going to made. A new generation could have “their” Star Wars. But the Prequels’ story markedly differed from the memories relished by the fans of the Original Trilogy. Moreover, Thrawn never became to being in live-action in television or movies.

The Prequels partially change the story of the entire Star Wars in that we never knew how the Jedi waned down to one. Now, we know after the movie, Revenge of the Sith. In the Original Trilogy there was no such concept of a Sith. The Prequels created the concept of the Sith that all fans have come to appreciate.

However, there is a schism in the Star Wars Fandom. When Disney purchased Lucasfilm and had control of the stories, those became Legends. The new stories that were a part of the canon and what some of the continuity would follow would become the current timelines. The Legend stories can still be read, but elements might be uses in future projects. The current continuity had to be opened to new authors with the guidance and support of the creators who wrote the Legends stories. The Star Wars Fandom balked and tried to wreck Lucasfilm, the employees, any productions (such as SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY) and any fans that did not side with them.

The Star Wars Actors Guild 77 (SWAG77) did not choose these fans’ side. We decided to take a wait and see mentality to view the new content. The Sequel Trilogy never received fairly by the bulk of these contrarian fans. And to be honest, I suffered and my tiny fan-led business. Because what my business is about is roleplay performance and we do not see a segregation between Legends versus Current Canon. Roleplay performance fundamentally requires to know ALL the information that is at one’s resource. Just like a molecular biological scientist must understand all the literature of their project then create experiements to prove their hyptheses. Once on question is answered, another one arises. What the SWAG77 does is difficult because it is like Star Wars University Graduate School. Only individuals who desire to dive deep into the lore and hardcore story concepts from all perspectives should pursue our course of fandom. It is not about “straddling the fence” or being arrogant, I created our system because it is entertaining to fans on social media. It is fun to me. I know a lot of fans hate my way of think and desire the simplistic. But honestly, until the group has time to show fans what we use to do several years ago, fans will see what we mean. As for now, my fanfictions do not do justice to the roleplay performances.

To learn more, one will have to join SWAG77 that is available above. But the way we perform is a lot for many fans. And the end result is AMAZING! Guarenteed.

I had hope I could build on the fandom of Grand Admiral Thrawn after being harassed heavily by Legends “haters”. I do not see the fans who ran the Give Us Legends activities as “fans” who are supportive to the majority of fans. They can rationalize any reason they want, but doxing me and try to mass report me to social media to destroy my business, is NOT what fandom does to one another. That is hatred. It is not that they disagreed with me. I can accept disagreements. What they did was call me “nigger bitch” to my face since I am an African American woman. They coerce Black men to bash me. No White woman came to my aid and now they cry about how White men are sexist. The use of virtue-signaling in the Star Wars Fandom must stop, too. This mentality that being “woke” is bad and deficient people do it is White Supremacy, and as a revolutionary who has protested the Klu Klux Klan, who has family member lynched, and arrested due to segregation laws. My family has suffered enough and my entertainment joy in Star Wars is owed to me regardless of my color and I can change within. It started with Mitth’raw’nuruodo and the creation of the Get Thrawn In Campaign.

It is also out of respect to TOM KANE who I interviewed in 2015 and kindly did a voiceover for Grand Admiral Thrawn for us. No celebrity does that kind act for us. And it was that youtube we created of which attracted Lucasfilm for a second. SWAG77 or I am not asking for acclaim here, this was done for the Star Wars Fandom of my volition. I thought it would be awesome to see an animated form of Grand Admiral Thrawn, first and then expand it to live-action in television and movies. I did not care which story in the Legends books because to me, it did not matter, he returned to canon, PERIODT.

I do not disrespect Legends because I am a Yuuzhan Vong fan. Every fans should know that about me. I could not justify returning them in 2015 it would be too much work that was not “low hanging fruit”. The Yuuzhan Vong did not relevant real-life events that fans could relate to and understand, such as environmental Climate Change and Global Warming. The Yuuzhan Vong would fix that aspect of planets, but that could destroy the indigenous life on the planet, and if the planet did not change, they destroy it, naturally.

Fans have a right to pursue convincing Disney Lucasfilm of NO THRAWN without the author, Timothy Zahn. Fans are unclear about Zahn’s involvement at this inception of production for the television shows, The Mandalorian and Ahsoka. They feel that the creatives at Lucasfilm did a horrible job of portraying Grand Admiral Thrawn in Star Wars Rebels. I take umbrage with that because they are essentially saying that all the directors, writers, production crew who created the animation, lighting, and sound did not under or comprehend Thrawn to tells episodic stories that included this character. They feel that Zahn could have saved Thrawn if only he was involved. Zahn was involved. But they feel at conventions, how Timothy Zahn is kind to the fans to enthrall them, fail to take his comments in context and misconstrue them.

A Zahn consultation does not mean he was not told. If he had a script to read from Disney Lucasfilm that is the consultation. I am not gaslighting, but a script is very private, Disney Lucasfilm does not hand out scripts without verifications and sign-offs. If Zahn chose not to read it, which I am NOT saying he did not read the script, then that is a consultation.

Having Zahn be the savior of Thrawn is a burden. Zahn took a hiatus from Thrawn before, he can let go of him. He may want to write about Thrawn and Ezra, but there are several other factors in place that prevent that. Ezra and the Rebels crew is Mr. Dave Filoni’s intellectual creation and property, legally. Unless Filoni permits him to write on behalf of his characters is a choice fans cannot force on Disney Lucasfilm or its creatives. There may be contracts that stipulate that. Fans cannot intervene because those proceedings in court take years to complete. And that delays production.

Any content creator are protective of their intellectual property. It is their “baby” and filmmakers are especially protective because of the production process which is involved. Regardless even if Zahn consults on pre-production of live action to portray Thrawn according to a small group of fans less than 10,000 does not merit the numbers to placate Disney. Disney Lucasfilm caters to all fans and audience members. They cannot appease on tiny subset of fans no matter how much they scream foul. It is not enough.

Moreover, it does not allow new employees who have Masters of Fine Arts and can highly contribute to the content, literature, marketing and creativity of Disney Lucasfilm. What “NO THRAWN” is saying these new people are shit. And while it is based on the gross hatred of the Sequel Trilogy and hated by many Star Wars Legends fans will not make any perception of THRAWN better for these individuals. There will always be hatred against the Franchise since Disney purchased it in 2012. Disney Lucasfilm are indifferent to fans’ fervent and passionate feelings of Legends’ material.

That is immature. If fans want Disney Lucasfilm to use the Legends’ material they must use it “ala carte” or “cherry pick” the story elements they want. Meaning they will chose what aspect that fits in the story they will tell and it will be a new story. It still means a handful of Legend’s fans will still dislike it because they like their Star Wars stories VERBATIM. If I can see this fact, you know Disney Lucasfilm has a dedicated division and staff who create reports with statistics that show the numbers based on fans’ perceptions. The creative staff know this fact, too. And it is a matter of numbers. Nevertheless, the enter production and those executives who make decisions, will try hard to make all fans happy. It is NOT because the “customer is always right”, it is because they can care even in the midst of indifference.

But still, as a fan who is open-minded and likes Legends, too, because I have chosen to not participate in this charade of a campaign forcing Disney Lucasfilm to consult Zahn to make Thrawn better under a guise of negativity to start. Whatever goals claimed to reach, will only nominal shift production at best. At worst, shut down production so there are no shows about Star Wars. The risk of that matters about the investment for these shows. Disney invested a lot of money to produce these shows not just for a handful of fans with passionate misguided temper tantrum.

Fact is, the original creator of a book cannot make a TV show or movie better than the crew working together to its entirety. A TV show or movie requires thousands of people working together countless hours. Are these fans saying they will hate the TV show or movie because one character in it was not done “right” due to the original creator of the book was not involved. But they do not KNOW that idea to be true — that the creator of the book, Zahn in this case IS NOT already involved. And see that is where the misinformation starts.

And Disney Lucasfilm is not going to let their investment go to waste over a handful of salty fans who do not comprehend the basics of the TV show and movie production process. Disney Lucasfilm does not make distinction of fans when they can get more. And no one can change THAT particular direction of the “NO THRAWN” action.

WHAT WILL?

The “NO THRAWN” action did not create a sufficient plan to change the minds of why they want Zahn to help make a better Thrawn because he knows the intrinsic of that character. For example, these fans claim that Thrawn would never shoot civilians with his Star Destroyers. In the Legend’s books, that element may be true. However, this is a new story and the first time THRAWN was in a MOTION PICTURE, albeit animation. To display his “villainy” they had to show how he will demonstrate his actions. It was not made to the satisfaction of adults. It was to show kids moral difference between good versus evil. Star Wars Rebels is a children’s show. That distinction must be made quickly — in less than thirty seconds. Children understand that plot point. Just like it was stated in the video.

In a more “adult type” show, such as The Mandalorian, the presence of live-action actors adds a layer of realness to the story, and the behavior of Thrawn can shown efficiently. And the creatives of Lucasfilm can do it efficiently. No doubt. I trust the creatives. All of them. I am unbothered.

The question to ask is: WHAT DOES A MORE ACCURATE THRAWN LOOK LIKE IF ZAHN WAS PRESENT AT THE PRE-PRODUCTION?

WHAT DOES THRAWN NEED TO HAVE FANS SAY, “YES, THAT’S RIGHT, THAT’S THE THRAWN I WANT TO SEE?”

WHAT DOES THAT SATISFACTION TRULY MEAN – AN UPTICK IN NIELSEN RATINGS, EMMY AWARDS, OR GOLDEN GLOBES–WHAT?

WHAT ARE THE MEASUREMENTS THAT THIS “NO THRAWN” ACTION TO SAY THEY HAVE SUCCEEDED IN THEIR QUEST – THAT THEY SEE PICTURES OF ZAHN THERE? HOW CAN DISNEY LUCASFILM PROVE THAT? YOUTUBES?

HOW CAN DISNEY LUCASFILM SATISFACTORILY MEET “NO THRAWN’S” ACTION’S AND GOAL’S NEEDS?

Think about it – they can do HD 3D display of the back of Zahn’s head that looks like him, buried with crew. Will these fans ever know it? It is a foolish promise to make. Why appease the behavior of wily handful when the mass of fans just want to see Thrawn in Live-Action?

It is the reason why SWAG77 or I can not get behind this negative direct action campaign of “NO THRAWN” at this time until these questions can be addressed.

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