Although The Last Jedi went on to become one of the most successful movies of 2017, it received negative response from a group of audience. At the time, several fans blamed the movie for focusing on being politically correct. Interestingly, a recent survey by Mark H. White II reveals that political beliefs might be key attributing factor towards the movie’s hate from the start.
In the survey, Mark H. White II separated audience members into three groups. These are: people who hate prequels but love the series, those who love entire series and those who hate The Last Jedi. Interestingly, White went on to explain his findings. He said, “The Last Jedi (disowners) tended to score higher on sexism, though, as you can see, not everyone who hates The Last Jedi is sexist. This demonstrates some empirical evidence that sexism plays a role in attitudes toward The Last Jedi.”
Afterwards, he tried to determine if the political beliefs had direct correlation with fans’ view on the movie. Unsurprisingly, the findings revealed that there’s a direct correlation between sexism, conservative views, and a negative outlook towards political correctness.
While the latest findings are surprising, the sample size consisted of only 5,000 fans. Considering the number of Star Wars fans, that figure is extremely low to come to a conclusion. Moreover, it’s also possible that political beliefs had nothing to do with the criticisms of the movie in the first place. If you remember, at the time of the release, an internet troll group deliberately tried to manipulate Disney movies. Needless to say, the attempts resulted in polarizing views in terms of ratings but judging by the box office numbers, people went on to enjoy the movie. However, if you are a fan of Original Star Wars movie, chances are, you won’t have the most positive experience regarding the latest releases which has nothing to do with your political belief as the recent installments altered a number of themes from the original movies.