Tensions were high this weekend after movie director and less threatening Kylo Ren lookalike Max Landis took to Twitter to criticize Daisy Ridley's character in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, calling Rey a "Mary Sue" in a series of approximately eight billion skillion tweets, but beginning with this one:
Landis, who is the writer of the Superman: American Alien comic book, in which Superman, who is already an invulnerable god-like being that can shoot lasers out of his eyes and fly, is also, according to its cover images, an angsty teenager, was soon called a sexist for his tweet.
Landis shrewdly responded by calling the people who criticized him sexist in retaliation, and raised them a racism charge as well:
The whole thing ended, as all things on the internet do, with a flame war with Mark Waid, some tweets from which are lazily screencapped below (can you tell we're phoning this one in? It's Christmas. Give us a break.):
Luckily, Landis was able to withstand Waid's attacks by SPEAKING IN ALL CAPS:
Landis had a theory on why people disliked his comments:
He's being too hard on himself. No one called him a son of a director.
Landis also posted a spoiler-laden youtube video imploring people to leave Britney alone explaining his issues with the movie. You can watch that below, if you are so inclined:
So what did you think of the movie? I saw it on Friday and had a good time. My kids, ages 5-9, stayed awake through the whole thing, which is more than Episode 4: A New Hope was able to accomplish (I haven't shown them the prequels - children shouldn't be exposed to anything that horrible). So there's that. When I asked my daughter (age 9) what she liked about this movie more than the originals, she told me, "the characters are better." Blasphemy? Perhaps. Or perhaps Star Wars: The Force Awakens appeals to children in 2015 in the same way the original Star Wars appealed to children in 1977, taking into account the way sensibilities have changed since then. But feel free to call me names if you disagree.
Let us know what you thought of the film below.