Trump supporters come in all shapes and sizes and have varying interests, likes and dislikes. Many of them, like myself, are a bit geeky at heart and find entertainment in things like science fiction and fantasy. This pool of people has grown exponentially over the past few decades, and who can blame people for that?
Between investing time in the space western that is The Mandalorian and watching one more day of impeachment proceedings that go nowhere, most people would choose Baby Yoda every time.
Speaking of Baby Yoda, the amount of Star Wars fans out there is mind-boggling. There’s certainly far more of them then there are CNN viewers, and judging by the way 2020 is looking, far more Trump voters among them than not.
That’s why it’s probably not a good thing that Daisy Ridley, the lead actress in the new Star Wars series who plays the character “Rey,” a Mary Sue who is already disliked by most fans, insulted Trump supporters in her latest interview with The Guardian:
Given that Disney owns Star Wars, is she conscious of what issues she can talk about publicly? Does she have to modify, say, her politics?
“No. I don’t feel I have to edit what I say – the things that make me angry are the things that make everyone angry. Everyone is annoyed with BoJo. Everyone has an issue with Trump – every sane person anyway.” She smiles brightly at me, almost apologetic, reluctant to expand. “It’s not that I don’t talk about this stuff, but other people are so much more articulate than me and say it better.”
I feel like a broken record saying this, but here we can see the gilded bubble of the Hollywood elite in action. She truly believes that everyone thinks the way she does and that only crazy people don’t agree with her.
In one fell swoop, Ridley just essentially told every Trump supporter that she looks down on them and that they’re not quite right in the mind. With so many people supporting Trump and the new Star Wars films already under intense criticism due to the politics that have been pushed within, Ridley may have just convinced quite a few people that the new Star Wars movie isn’t worth seeing.
Her one saving grace is that the movie she’s starring in is, after all, Star Wars, and many people will go to see it regardless. However, a movie’s release isn’t the only thing that matters to a company. Sure, making the money back and then some is great, but companies are also concerned with merchandising and property interest afterward. For instance, a large concern is toy sales, which have the potential to make up to three times more than the movie itself.
Especially for Star Wars, toy sales are a huge deal. When it comes to the latest installments, no one is buying toys from these movies. “Experts” put the blame on Star Wars “burnout,” but the truth is that its creators have laced it with politics and sacrificed story and characters for messaging that the excitement behind the series has all but dissipated.
Ridley making fun of Trump supporters is not going to make that any better.
Ridley, like all actors, should take a page out of Anthony Hopkins’ book. In a recent interview with Brad Pitt, Hopkins showed that he sported a self-awareness about himself and his profession that many actors lack.
“People ask me questions about present situations in life, and I say, “I don’t know, I’m just an actor. I don’t have any opinions. Actors are pretty stupid. My opinion is not worth anything. There’s no controversy for me, so don’t engage me in it, because I’m not going to participate,”” said Hopkins.
Wise words that Ridley and the rest of the coastals should follow.