Alt-right trolls wage war on ‘Last Jedi’, claiming men should be masters of the Star Wars universe
‘Regarding female heroes: did you not see everything that came out of Ghostbusters? That is why’
Alt-right internet group “Down with Disney’s Treatment of Franchises and Its Fanboys” has claimed responsibility for an attack on the near-perfect Rotten Tomatoes score of Star Wars: The Last Jedi.
The organisation responded to a direct message from HuffPost, claiming that they used bots to bring down the audience score of the film to a bleak 54 per cent – in stark contrast to the stellar 92 per cent awarded by recognised critics.
The technology used to create the bots was not entirely efficient, apparently. A number of reviews intended to help bring down the film’s score landed on the page for The Shape of Water.
The moderator of the group reportedly told HuffPost he was bothered by the portrayal of women in “The Last Jedi” as strong leaders. He told the outlet he believes it’s time men be “reinstated as rulers of society.”
“Regarding female heroes: did you not see everything that came out of ‘Ghostbusters’? That is why,” he said.
“I’m sick and tired of men being portrayed as idiots. There was a time we ruled society and I want to see that again. That is why I voted for Donald Trump.”
HuffPost reported that the unidentified leader had other issues with the Rian Johnson-directed film as well.
In speaking with the publication, he reportedly referred to Poe Dameron (Oscar Isaac) as a “victim of the anti-mansplaining movement,” and expressed concern that Poe and Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) are in grave danger of being “turn(ed)” gay.
Rotten Tomatoes vice-president Jeff Voris is hesitant to believe the alt-right group did, in fact, impact The Last Jedi score in any way. He told HuffPost he believes the organisation’s leader is simply latching on to “evidence” for the sake of claiming responsibility.
“These things happen from time to time where somebody opportunistically seizes on a moment and says, ‘Oh, that thing? Yeah, I did that,” Voris said.
As for reviews landing on the wrong page, Voris believes it’s nothing more than a case of human error. All the same, he told HuffPost Rotten Tomatoes is investigating the incident.
“We take it very seriously, and we’ve looked at this, and to the best of our investigation so far this looks like legitimate user behaviour,” he said.
Rotten Tomatoes did not immediately respond to a request for further comment.