Russia Targeted Star Wars Online To Construe Cultural Turmoil
Now a days, it seems like the country with whom we have the most differences and conflict is Russia. Whether you fall on the left or the right of the political spectrum, I think we can all agree that it’s pretty obvious that Russia has been meddling in U.S. affairs for at least a couple of years now, which sucks, but look – I’m a pretty patient person.
I can deal with political turmoil, ideological confrontations, and cultural differences – but the second you start messing with Star Wars you’ve crossed the line buddy. Russian hackers reportedly targeted the release of “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” in 2017 to politicize the franchise and construe cultural turmoil.
A new academic paper released this week from researcher Mort Bay at the University of Southern California found evidence online of “deliberate, organized political influence measures disguised as fan arguments.”
He also stated that over 50% of the online negative reviews about the film were politically motivated and were likely Russian bots. I knew episode 8 was better than what “people” were making it out to be. Every fan that I spoke to in person about the film loved it.
Of course, there are still a fair share of actual American haters out there, but I am not the least bit surprised that it was better received by the fan base than it seemed. Most of the time, I’m pretty anti-war, but the Russians have gone too far this time. This means war. Time to bust out the atom bombs.