Simon Pegg Faces Backlash for His Comments About Star Wars’ Toxic Fanbase

As the recent backlash against Obi-Wan Kenobi star Moses Ingram proved, there can be some very toxic members among the Star Wars fan base and Simon Pegg recently gained his own social media pounding for calling out Star Wars fans for being “the most toxic at the moment.” Pegg was asked during an interview on SiriusXM which of the franchises he has been part of are the hardest to please, and having been involved in Star Wars, Star Trek and Doctor Who to name a few, the actor was quick to pluck the Lucasfilm franchise as the current top of the toxic pile. In the interview, Pegg said:

“To be honest, and as someone who was kind of, you know, kicked off about the prequels when they came out, the Star Wars fan base really seems to be the most, kind of, toxic at the moment. I’m probably going to be very controversial to say that.”

Of course, it didn’t take long for the criticisms of his criticism to come through on social media, with a number of users calling Pegg “another Hollywoke” member and others targeting his use of the word toxic, claiming that there are many fans just offering “constructive criticism” about the franchise they love. One comment read: “All criticism, constructive or otherwise, has been labeled toxic in order to hand wave away all criticism of the product. Don’t like The Last Jedi? Think Rose Tico is a bad character? You must be a racist toxic fan and your opinion isn’t worth listening to.”

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Star Wars Fans Have Been Known to Take Their Criticisms to Extremes

While the original Star Wars trilogy will always stand above anything else released in the franchise, the prequel movies came in for some pretty rough online hate when they were released. This included targeted attacks against the introduction of Jar Jar Binks, who became so hated as a character in The Phantom Menace that the actor behind the character revealed that he was almost driven to suicide due to the constant and intense criticism of him. Additionally, Hayden Christensen was subjected to a string of online abuse over his original role in the Star Wars franchise, something he has seen change dramatically on his return in the Disney+ series, Obi-Wan Kenobi.

There have also been many cases of racist trolling against Star Wars actors, including John Boyega when he appeared in The Force Awakens, and Kelly Marie Tran, who following her appearance in The Last Jedi was forced off social media due to the constant barrage of hate directed towards her. Even this year, Obi-Wan Kenobi star Moses Ingram was warned by Lucasfilm bosses to expect a certain amount of online comments when she took on the role of Reva in the series. While the reaction to her character was not as bad as some others have faced, there were still plenty of trolls ready to target the star, who seemed to have prepared herself to deal with them, The question is really more about whether actors and actresses should need to brace themselves for this kind of abuse at all rather than how well they can handle it.