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Fandom spends so much time making sure that we understand that not only is Kylo the real victim of The Last Jedi (typically because of LUKE, not SNOKE in the wake of The Last Jedi) and a survivor of childhood abuse at that, that they kind of just… make shit up in the process in order to make sure that Kylo is seen as a sympathetic character. Even though… he’s not really.

Let’s be very real here: This sort of steaming hot take is only possible because he’s a “handsome” white male villain and fandom loves a white male villain they can redeem and claim isn’t responsible for his own actions.

When White Villains Get Woobiefied: Kylo Ren Is Just A Monster In A Mask

“Ben didn’t choose the dark side, he just became a new Supreme Leader to save Rey”

Uh…

Kylo (NOT BEN, BEN IS “DEAD”) killed Snoke (kind of sort of) to save Rey but then the second that she stopped doing what he wanted/was trying to urge her to do, he turned on her. 

He then decided to become the Supreme Leader and lead an attack on the remains of the resistance (and Rey in the Millennium Falcon) even though he could’ve been like “alright folks, we’ve done enough: let’s just enjoy the power we have instead of harassing these like… twenty losers with outdated tech and no allies”

Why are folks like this? The movie is pretty clear that Kylo is doing all of this for power and control for reasons we don’t actually know because he’s not exactly a reliable narrator and his POV is skewed.

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I had a Rey/Kylo shipper running an “anti-anti” blog for the ship/pers actually (digitally) screeching at me on a reblog of my post from earlier because “something something fiction isn’t reality and last shot made it canon that bad things happenes to widdle Ben Solo” and like…

A) I almost feel embarrassed for them like if I did a dramatic reading, it would actually have to involve pterodactyl screeches. That’s how bad it looks.

B) As far as I can tell from what I’ve read of Last Shot and what I’ve gleaned from asking friends super specific questions about the book, the brief scenes of baby Ben in it aren’t even close to supporting fanon that he’s a neglected, orphan-lite mistreated by Han and Leia

C) I identify as a hater (it’s in my bio) and these fuckleheads better get that straight and stop trying me by calling me an “anti”.

If your mantra is “Don’t like, don’t read” when anyone has a critical thought about the content they consume, why the hell would you read critical content you obviously don’t care for and get upset over it…

Y’all… This is like so ridiculous. Can y’all hear the pterodactyl screeches?

(Imagine being a stan like this and accusing other people of twisting ANYTHING to suit their own agenda. Hypocrisy is human but man… This loser takes the fucking cake.)

I had a Rey/Kylo shipper running an “anti-anti” blog for the ship/pers actually (digitally) screeching at me on a reblog of my post from earlier because “something something fiction isn’t reality and last shot made it canon that bad things happenes to widdle Ben Solo” and like…

A) I almost feel embarrassed for them like if I did a dramatic reading, it would actually have to involve pterodactyl screeches. That’s how bad it looks.

B) As far as I can tell from what I’ve read of Last Shot and what I’ve gleaned from asking friends super specific questions about the book, the brief scenes of baby Ben in it aren’t even close to supporting fanon that he’s a neglected, orphan-lite mistreated by Han and Leia

C) I identify as a hater (it’s in my bio) and these fuckleheads better get that straight and stop trying me by calling me an “anti”.

If your mantra is “Don’t like, don’t read” when anyone has a critical thought about the content they consume, why the hell would you read critical content you obviously don’t care for and get upset over it…

Fandom spends so much time making sure that we understand that not only is Kylo the real victim of The Last Jedi (typically because of LUKE, not SNOKE in the wake of The Last Jedi) and a survivor of childhood abuse at that, that they kind of just… make shit up in the process in order to make sure that Kylo is seen as a sympathetic character. Even though… he’s not really.

Let’s be very real here: This sort of steaming hot take is only possible because he’s a “handsome” white male villain and fandom loves a white male villain they can redeem and claim isn’t responsible for his own actions.

When White Villains Get Woobiefied: Kylo Ren Is Just A Monster In A Mask

I don’t think many people see how horrid the supposedly progressive and anti racist parts of tumblr/twitter fandom are to Black characters/fans/performers on the regular. They curate their spaces so well that the only time they see a hint of the antiblackness in fandom is when Black people aren’t nice about dealing with it and insult a white person.

So when they see Black people talk about how done they are with folks defending Ad@m Driver’s “ugly ass” from folks/posts on social media he’ll never see talking about his looks while the same fandom says that constantly talks shit about John Boyega in posts he’s tagged in  they rush to be like“wow, that’s bad feminism to fight racism with bullying and my activism calls for me to defend everyone and blah blah blah”

But like… The white guy is ALWAYS defended. He’s always coddled. That’s literally one of the biggest problems in the Star Wars fandom, that the trilogy villain and the guy who plays him gets more respect and empathy from the fandom than John Boyega and Finn do.

No one can send Driver any messages about his looks or talent on social media. People constantly tell JB how useless they think he is, how they wish Kylo was the hero, how JB doesn’t have the chops to be a hero opposite Daisy R (despite him having a meatier acting roles than she did when cast in TFA). They do things like say he “doesn’t look like a leading man”, call him a cuck, mock him/Finn for being “friendzoned”… all in his mentions on twitter or instagram.

Like I know it’s hard for folks in fandom to see a white guy get insulted and not rush to correct that, but there’s a reason it’s happening.

The immediate response to write essays about intersectionality 

and how it’s wrong to “bully” Ad@m

in response to folks being annoyed with how white guys ALWAYS get defense squads from fandom are a huge part of that reason.

Folks in fandom – aside from black folks and some nonblack people that are aware of what’s going on – aren’t doing this for Finn or John Boyega. They’re not preaching about their feminism shaping their activism when folks post unsubtle digs at everything from his character, to his looks, to his talent.

It’s ONLY the white guy that fandom cares about defending and that’s not intersectional activism in the slightest. It’s just too convenient that no one ever sees the tons of antiblack racism we get to deal with in fandom but like… the second we snap or are vaguely unkind it’s like 

“oh no, you’re all bad feminists and bullies” 

Which is… mighty convenient…

Any way, if your supposedly intersectional activism or feminism leads you to barrel into defending a white actor being called ugly because ~everyone is totally equal~ and you don’t even bother to look at what Black people in the same fandom go through on the regular (on a post about how fandom ignores the treatment his Black coworker gets from fandom), it’s already bullshit.

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