Dear #StarWars Fan Police: Overpolicing Star Wars Fandom Brutality

The fan police or the gatekeepers for Star Wars fandom has probably been going on since 1977.

Fan police are over-exuberant fans who think they have watched every single tinkle of Star Wars since they learned of this movie’s existence. They are the know-it-alls of Star Wars. Not Gurus who have the patience of Yoda. Not openness like Supreme Chancellor Palpatine (Darth Sidious). This type of fandom is a psychosis. They have an inappropriate connection to fictional material that drives their daily existence, and it is dangerous. It is what gets moviegoers killed in movie theaters because of one person’s psychosis clinginess to fictional material.

Fans express their fandom uniquely.  It is a personal choice. There is no one way to pursue fandom. Being a fan is about camaraderie and fun. It is about freedom of expression and exchange of ideas so that we all revel in delight. Fans come at different levels. Some just want to bask in the sunlight, and glide along the waves. Some fans want to dive deep into the ocean of the Star Wars milieu. Some fans want doctorates of literature, filmmaking, pop culture iconography in Star Wars. Some fans have Ph.D.’s in Star Wars.

But whatever one’s fandom, it is not lumping an entire group of fans into a pile and debasing or trolling them to hurt them. That is not Star Wars fandom. Just like real life bigotry, racism, homophobia, and many other social injustices aren’t fandom, the above tweet, sexism by gender bash is not Star Wars fandom, too.  That is gatekeeping because fandom for this genre of movies is about upliftment at all genders, not tearing down fan psyche.

If the Star Wars Actors Guild 77 has said it once, it will say it again, fandom is what you make of it, but it is yours, it is a gift. It is precious and you should keep it as your expression of your creativity. But if it intentionally hurts others because their Star Wars fandom is not like yours, then it shows your insecurities  and your hate of Star Wars. You are not a fan by yourself if you have to post that narcissistic psychopathy that names unsuspecting groups.

Get help.

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For The Enduring Love of Padme

Her name is Padme Naberrie of Naboo. She was not the youngest ever elected Queen at the age of 14, but her terms were very important.

In her early days as Queen, the planet Naboo was blockaded by the rogue Trade Federation and she had to be protected by two Jedi Knights. They narrowly escaped the blockade but had to crash land on the Outer Rim planet Tatooine. While there, she met a young slave boy named, Anakin Skywalker.

It would be ~10 years before she saw him again. She would meet him as a Jedi  Padawan Learner, who was guided by his master, Obi-Wan Kenobi.  On Galactic Capital Core planet, Coruscant, she was the Senator Padme Amidala from Naboo, and she strongly opposed the “Military Creation Act”  supported by Chancellor Palpatine. Because of her strong opposition, she became the target of several assassination attempts. For her safety, she was sent to her homeworld, Naboo escorted by Padawan Anakin Skywalker.

While on Naboo, something happened between them:  They fell in love.

Anakin’s burning passion for her poured out from his soul finally. It was illogical and Jedi were not supposed to love.  But after Geonosis, they were secretly married on Naboo.

Then, the Clone Wars started, and while she fought in the Senate and in the field, she tried to keep their love life a secret. It was difficult to do, and it even forced Anakin to hide underneath her desk in her Senate Office. Somehow their love managed to pull through it.

Faced with many pressures and forces, such as the Confederacy of Independent Systems or Separatists and even General Grievous himself,  their love endured!  Even being captured by Count Dooku, their love endured!  However, over time her fears for Anakin’s safety became overwhelming; but learning about his safety came at a price.

The war, unfortunately, is far from over…

Written by AG-
Edited by Dr.G-


EnActress’ note:

For me, being “Padme Amidala Skywalker” on Facebook is a dream come true. She is my childhood hero and I dreamed of being just like her:  Beautiful, Strong, Powerful, Kind, and Noble.

I have grown into that kind of woman and am honored to be able to portray such admirable qualities through SWAG 77. I hope to inspire and be a good role model and influential for others as “Padme” was for me.

While there are several other Facebook Fan Pages of the character “Padme Amidala Skywalker”, I think what makes mine special  is how much I know about my character, how I relate to my character, and how much I can express myself through my character when I post.

Playing, “Padme” has inspired me in so many ways in my life, and being her for SWAG 77 is like my personal way of thanking Mr. George Lucas for giving me a worthy role model.

 

SWAG 77 note:

Padme Amidala Skywalker will be a featured character at the SWAG 77 Fan Table at Lucasfilm’s Star Wars Celebration 6