While I think a video like this is long overdue, I do agree with Maul that this creator stoops to their level at times, which I think will struggle to bring over people who might be on that dangerous side of the fandom.
I think there are a lot of YouTubers who do have criticisms of the new movies, but they discuss it pretty maturely. They point out their problems with it and then move on to other topics that they enjoy more. This guy is clearing pointing out some of the more toxic creators who might not have the best motivations, and I think that is good.
While I don’t think it makes his viewpoint any less valid, I think resorting to the occasional insult or name-calling really doesn’t help make his points seem legitimate. The thing is, there are probably a lot of younger people who are Star Wars fans, especially boys, that are being introduced to concepts like social justice and feminism through these people, which, in my opinion, is probably not the best introduction to those ideas.
It literally boils down to these people stirring the pot for as revenue, and suddenly you have millions of people repeating those talking points like gospel.
Another YouTuber he didn’t even mention was Vito, who I think has some pretty clear political opinions, and I know at least one of his TLJ videos has 6 million views. That’s crazy.
Maybe we’re blowing it out of proportion, but I just wonder how it (among other things conjured by the Great Algorithm) could be influencing the beliefs and values of the Gen Z audience watching these videos. Really Star Wars is just a drop in the bucket of a larger issue that has been discussed recently. But it does seem any kind of civil discussion on either side is overshadowed by what basically feels like amateur yellow journalism, but on a global scale.
Also, debating any of those people is a wasted effort. I don’t agree with Ben Shapiro, but he is a master debater, and can make any of his opinions seem right with his skill. It’s just more of the same tactics and strategies for them that they have basically perfected to a T through their ridiculously long videos.
Recently Sam Harris did talks/debates with Ben Shapiro and Jordan Peterson. What was really inspiring about this was that, despite very disparate views and beliefs, these guys all managed to keep it civil and even downright friendly. On one occasion Ben misrepresented one of Harris’ views online and, when Harris pointed this out, Ben happily retracted and corrected his statement. This is so much rarer than it should be, and I think the Star Wars conversation is an interesting microcosm of the same thing.
My pet-peeve is the ‘guys can’t handle strong female characters’ meme. Yes, this probably rings true in some dank corners of society, but I think in this instance it’s mostly a convenient distraction from actual criticism. And the question of identity/woke politics and their possible effect on modern movies is a worthy and (IMO) interesting conversation that sadly gets derailed by knee-jerk assumptions of sexism. It’s entirely possible to agree with the principles of so-called identity politics without liking the way these ideals are being presented or expressed. Somehow this nuance gets lost in the melee.