Toxic Fandom, Politicization of Entertainment Is Killing My Enjoyment of Movies – including the Star Wars Franchise
I’ve enjoyed watching movies since I was a kid.
I’ve also enjoyed reading professional movie reviews and critiques – and this was years before the advent of the internet.
In the last several years, though, things – especially online – have turned so negative that it’s been souring my excitement or enjoyment of movies (well, that, plus finding out that certain actors are not as nice in real life as they are in some of their movie roles).
Not only do average joe’s in comment boxes under professional movie reviews seem to have gotten bitter, hostile, and angry in the last few years, but professional movie reviewers have become extremely nit-picky.
At least one article I reference below contains quotes by someone who thinks fandom has always been negative, and had there been a Twitter in the 1980s and 1990s, that the fans would have been just as bad back then – I’m not sure I agree with that.
I do think social media has changed things (for the worse), but I also feel there’s been an overall shift in culture itself. I am not so sure that fans back in the ’80s and ’90s would have been as hateful as they have been behaving the last five to ten years.
Professional movie critics these days seem to have a personal vendetta against movies generally, or certain film franchises, genres, actors, or directors.
I don’t recall seeing that level of animosity from professional critics in the 1970s to the early 2000s.
Film critics back in the day seemed more detached, even-handed, and objective (which made their critiques easier and more enjoyable to read).