29 December 2020 10:39
"Star Wars" fans have called out Lucasfilm executive Pablo Hidalgo, who reportedly joked about and trolled a "Star Wars" YouTube personality over sharing his reactions on social media to "The Mandalorian." So what happened? The controversy began when "Star Wars" YouTube personality Star Wars Theory posted a video of himself reacting to "The Mandalorian" Season 2 finale. Twitter screenshots show Pablo Hidalgo reacting to the video, saying "emotions are not sharing." Hidalgo later deleted the tweet. Then, he made it his Twitter coverage image. The Star Wars Theory Twitter account later shared what happened: "Pablo Hidalgo is chiming in on this thread which is making fun of me for being emotional over Luke Skywalker.
I don't mind trolls, but I can't see what he's said, and I'd hate to believe he would join in as a Lucasfilm official. Can someone who can see, screenshot his replies?" "Well here it is. Basically Pablo validating that post and undermining my emotions. Expected more from someone so high up at Lucasfilm," he tweeted. Fans react to the news: "Star Wars" fans reacted to Hidalgo's tweets, calling for him to be fired from the company.
pic.twitter.com/6jbEf5E13o — (@040Dennis) December 28, 2020 Yo @starwars /Lucasfilm, your own man, Pablo Hidalgo, is making fun of fans' reactions to Luke's return in Mando season 2. Might want to look into this because this is not ok for us fans pic.twitter.com/UrtDhwWXLG — ⛄️Bmanlegoboy (@Bmanlegoboy) December 28, 2020 Hidalgo has not issued a statement about the Twitter controversy. Hidalgo has crafted a number of "Star Wars" projects as a creative executive and author currently working for Lucasfilm within the Lucasfilm Story Group. He has written a number of guides and character-based books for Lucasfilm. The controversy has been mostly segmented to Twitter, so it's unclear how big of an issue this will be for "Star Wars" fans. Why are 'Star Wars' fans mad at Lucasfilm? Learn the background info Enthralling the galaxy for decades, the Star Wars franchise is teeming with loving fans. Sure, there was general ambivalence & outrage surrounding the new Star Wars trilogy, but Disney +'s signature series The Mandalorian, which is widely regarded as a Star Wars success, has reinvigorated the Star Wars fandom with newfound excitement. But, with great success comes great debate, often pushing the fandom into heated controversy online. What's the sitch this time? Lucasfilm appears to be in the hot seat as a certain exec took on the role of a troll. Here's some background about the latest Star Wars internet drama. Pablo chimes in to make fun. Deletes the tweet. Then puts one of them as his header. How is this acceptable from someone so high up at Lucasfilm? You're telling people it's not ok to have emotions about the work your company produces, and you make fun of them for crying? pic.twitter.com/aIfU2SigIy — Star Wars Theory (@SWTheory66) December 28, 2020 What went down? When you work for a primetime company like Lucasfilm, it's generally discouraged to troll fans and make fun of their attachment to the content you help produce. Pablo Hidalgo, Lucasfilm executive has reportedly been caught making fun of Star Wars YouTube personality when he posted his reaction to The Mandalorian season 2 finale. Twitter screenshots captured Pablo Hidalgo commenting, "emotions are not for sharing" on a reaction video posted by Star Wars Theory, a fanboy channel with over 2.7M follows. The creative Lucasfilms exec clearly found Star Wars Theory's emotional response to be over-the-top, not exhibiting his idea of a substantial Star Wars post. Yeah, because how dare someone love a fandom enough to inspire palpable emotion? As Star Wars Theory points out in the YouTube video above: why undermine someone's emotional reaction to something your company created? Come on, dude. Whether it's some toxic masculinity showing or simply douchey trolling, Hidalgo's comments aren't appreciated in the least. Hidalgo later deleted the malicious tweet, before proceeding to make it his Twitter coverage image. But Hidalgo certainly poked the bear, this fanboy's massive following readying their blasters to shoot Pablo Hidalgo down. Is it really Hidalgo's place to shame Star Wars fans for offering their bubbling sentiments about the series? Unforgettable finale In case you're in need of some background on The Mandalorian scene in question, we've got to talk about The Mandalorian season 2 finale. (That means spoilers are ahead, duh!) Kicking off last Friday, The Mandalorian had audiences crying, cheering, and squealing. (You're not alone Star Wars Theory.) As our elite team of The Mandalorian characters prepare for a last stand against Moff Gideon's formidable legion of droid soldiers known as Dark Troopers, a sudden deus ex machina swoops in in the form of a dashing & familiar face. All other characters fade into the background as Jedi Master Luke Skywalker steals the show, force-crushing slicing through the Dark Troopers with ease. Jaws dropped, fans were thrilled to see the X-wing pilot & green-lightsaber swinger in action, coming to take Grogu (Baby Yoda) away for Jedi training. So, yeah – emotions were running high. Mark Hamill's surprise involvement was the Christmas gift everyone needed in 2020. Walking into the #LucasFilm tag like. Honestly have no clue what's going on pic.twitter.com/kCrmjkWJiC — Jack (@RocketMan0602) December 28, 2020 Fandom in flames Hidalgo has yet to comment on the Twitter controversy, but Star Wars fans haven't stopped commenting. Most fans simply wished to shine a light on how inappropriate the Lucasfilm creator's comment was, but others have more intense solutions. WOW! #pablohidalgo needs to be fired. He sounds jealous that people liked Feloni, Rodriguez and Favreau are doing a better job than him. @Lucasfilm_Ltd this is unacceptable employment behavior. Your company is better than this to sink so low. Shame. -_- — Jack Buchanan (@BigJackFilms) December 28, 2020 In fact, some fans even called for Pablo Hidalgo to be fired over the upsetting incident. Should one comment be cause for termination? That's up to Lucasfilms, but the event won't simply blow over if the fans have anything to say about the matter. There is a "controversy" in the world of Star Wars fans because a Lucas Film exec made gentle fun of a grown man who pointed a camera at himself and cried about Luke Skywalker appearing in the Mandalorian. In case you were worried the fandom you're part of was especially dumb. — JESnowden (@JESnowden) December 28, 2020 On the other hand, some fans are calling the controversy one big pout fest. How harmful is one comment throwing an elbow at a sappy fan? Is this even worth talking about? *looks to see why #LucasFilm is trending* *Sees a bunch of soft fanboys crying over a fanboy.* pic.twitter.com/3m83RnvxqJ — Minshew Mania (@The2xchampion) December 28, 2020 While some Star Wars fans are taking sides and demanding Hidalgo's head, others are ready for the controversy to simmer down and fade into the background. Why make everything into such a big deal, yo? Where do you stand on the Star Wars controversy? Let us know your thoughts in the comments. Audra Schroeder is the Daily Dot's senior entertainment writer, and she focuses on streaming, comedy, and music. Her work has previously appeared in the Austin Chronicle, the Dallas Observer, NPR, ESPN, Bitch, and the Village Voice. 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