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Will A Fan-Fueled Petition Remove ‘The Last Jedi’ From Star Wars Canon?

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If you’re a Star Wars fan, you likely have some strong opinions on their latest release, Star Wars: The Last Jedi. If so, you are not alone. A passionate Star Wars fan created a petition to Disney to remove the film from the official canon. Surprisingly, it received over 100,000 signatures in less than nine months. Here’s why:

A Commonly Held Argument

Henry Walsh posted a petition on Change.org asking Disney to remove Star Wars: The Last Jedi from the official canon. In his petition, Walsh says, “Episode VIII was a travesty. It completely destroyed the legacy of Luke Skywalker and the Jedi. It destroyed the very reasons most of us, as fans, liked Star Wars.”

Though this may seem like a far-fetched request to America’s most powerful entertainment conglomerate, it comes as no surprise. Audience scores on Rotten Tomatoes for the film hovered around 46%, a poor sign for The Last Jedi.

Luke Skywalker In The Last Jedi

The reasons listed in Walsh’s petition were justified by Skywalker’s limited appearances in the film and his disappointing final scene. Fans also criticized his out of character pessimism at the beginning of the film.

Skywalker’s death, in which he dissolves into the Force after a stalemated attack led by Kylo Ren, seemed to fans to be an unjust death for their beloved hero. Many of the comments on the petition claim this final scene was “terribly written” and “a poor send-off” for Skywalker.

Will Disney and Lucasfilms Take Action?

Though Disney and Lucasfilm have yet to comment on the backlash for Episode VIII, Director Rian Johnson told Entertainment Weekly, “I was terrified [of writing the scene]. It was a growing sense of dread when I realized this was going to make sense in that chapter.” He seemed to empathize with fans who were upset but argued that the ending was best for the saga to continue with new characters.

Johnson stated, “It’s because [the fans] care about these things, and it hurts when you’re expecting something specific and you don’t get it from something that you love… I don’t take it personally if a fan reacts negatively and lashes out on me on Twitter… It’s my job to be there for that.”

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Can You Believe These Celebs Are Turning 50 This Year?

It can be easy to not see celebrities as actual people. The temptation to view actors and musicians as nothing more than their forever-young movie characters, song lyrics and magazine photos is all too real. But they are people – flesh and blood humans with very real ages. And as every year passes, they grow older, just like everyone else. The difference is they age in the entertainment spotlight, where bad angles and poor lighting can’t be avoided, yet somehow they seemingly manage to remain untouched by the sands of time. We’ve compiled a list of your favorite celebrities who are turning 50 in 2019. Warning: It might be hard to believe!

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Here’s Who Your Favorite ‘Game of Thrones’ Star Is Dating In Real Life

HBO fantasy epic Game of Thrones is best known as a show that brilliantly incorporates violence and drama into a complex plot line – and for killing off everyone’s favorite characters when they least expect it. But amid the chaos that consumes Westeros in this medieval fiction, there are some notable love stories: Jon Snow and Ygritte; Ned and Catelyn Stark; Jaime and Cersei Lannister – and more recently, Jon Snow and Daenerys Targaryen. But have you ever considered who the stars that play these characters are dating in real life? We’ve compiled a list, and you might find some of the pairings surprising.

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The Way They Were: Celebs Reflect on Relationships Past

They say hindsight is 20/20, and certainly it would seem that a little time and distance has given these celebs a little clarity when looking back on their past high profile relationships. Sure, in the moment everyone wants to play nice and no one is pointing any fingers, but after taking time to reflect, these stars are revealing what really went down in their relationship. Turns out making it work is hard, even in Hollywood. And breaking up in the spotlight seems to be even harder. Thankfully, years after all those hurt feelings have faded, there’s some lessons these A-listers would like you to learn.

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