James Gunn

James Gunn says Star Wars fans fomenting online hate should 'go to therapy'

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Jul 5, 2018

James Gunn is not going to stand by as evil wipes out a galaxy far far away. After Ahmed Best disclosed on Wednesday that the media backlash over his turn as Jar Jar Binks in The Phantom Menace derailed his career and even prompted him to consider suicide, the Guardians of the Galaxy helmer took aim at those Star Wars diehards lobbing ugly and hate-filled comments on the Internet.

Retweeting a news article about Best's confession that he "almost ended" his life after playing the goofy Gungan, the 47-year-old Gunn said "people need to chill out."

Best isn't the only one facing an attack of the trolls. All the online vitriol and harassment aimed at Star Wars actors recently led The Last Jedi's Kelly Marie Tran to leave Instagram.

Gunn then directed his ire at those in the Jedi community who responded to his post by blaming the deluge of hate on the writing of said Star Wars films, arguing that if fans don't like what they're seeing onscreen, they can simply choose not to watch it.

And the coup de grace? The director recommended those too close to the Force might want to seek professional help.

Star Wars fandom has increasingly come under fire for the abuse hurled at some of the franchise's players. Daisy Ridley, for instance, quit social media citing the intensity of fan fervor and the negative comments she received about a post on gun violence.

More recently, Mission: Impossible – Fallout filmmaker Christopher McQuarrie said he was "cured" from wanting to make a Star Wars movie after witnessing the hostility himself when Last Jedi director Rian Johnson recommended his followers check out McQuarrie's Twitter feed, leading to a series of noxious exchanges and personal insults.