The author of the first novel in the new Star Wars setting, The High Republic, has told us not to purchase her new novel, and told us not to waste our time.
That’s not the full context, of course. But in light of that, it wouldn’t get any better, as it would demonstrate that a large faction of the Star Wars creative team and its leadership still haven’t learned their lesson.
The drama began when Ireland criticized a Twitter thread which involved a 9-year-old girl attempting to use a can opener. She was welcome to her criticism, and the routine sounds like it wasn’t my cup of tea. But hey, considering all the kids out there that think they understand the world better than grownups that have been around longer, there’s a place for yet more documented evidence of children failing to accomplish basic tasks.
However, that Ireland directed her vitriol towards white men in particular was an indication of a certain weakness, political in nature, that has been prominent among the low-information crowd.
You can read the exchange on Bounding Into Comics’ page, but succinctly, a commenter pointed out that it was still bad for business for content creators to continue practicing divisive politics, to which Ireland responded by doubling down hard.
Justina Ireland warned us about her book, telling us, “The problem is, if you don’t like my politics and my beliefs and my moral compass you aren’t going to like my books so let’s just go ahead and save everyone some time.”
When one uses their creative outlet as a vehicle to push their politics, there is a great potential for awkwardness, and a large portion of the audience is likely to be alienated, and discontinue participation. Sound like an expression in modern parlance?
Matters are not looking favorable for Ireland, considering that she’s apparently a far-leftist. If you’ve had to confront one, you’re already familiar with their tactics, which involves calling the other side names and and aggressively insulting their intelligence until their opposition (theoretically) bows down to their intellectual supremacy. What it comes down to is that either you’re marching in perfect lock-step with them, or you’re an X-ophobe, where “X” is a variable where they insert a descriptor for a supposedly-marginalized group, apparently at random.
We know that Disney is capable of producing excellent Star Wars content. The Mandalorian proved that by telling an interesting story with great new characters, and with cameos with established characters that people already care about. But it seems as though not everyone at Disney gets it, as Ireland is indicating that it’s reasonable to expect her books to become another reminder of the world’s problems, rather than the escape one might have preferred from fiction.
It’s gotten to the point that, if fans know that a writer has leftist politics, they’re quick to write off what they come up with. That’s because leftists are bad at telling stories without bringing in their politics. It didn’t take long for Justina Ireland to share her politics, and it doesn’t bode well for Star Wars: Glowstick Party of Friendship.