It's important to note that this study isn't all-encompassing -- it only analyzed tweets directed at Johnson, and only focused on text-based tweets, not ones containing memes or GIFs -- and does not negate all criticism of The Last Jedi that plenty of people have raised in good faith. This said, it's an interesting study nonetheless (you can find the full paper here), and shows, if nothing else, how crazily politicized pop culture is these days. As Bay notes, "Since the political and ethical positions presented in the new films are consistent with older films, it is more likely that the polarisation of the Trump era has politicised the fans." (And based on the comments we're expecting to receive for this article, we're inclined to agree.)
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