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Virtual Legality Episode 305

Disney Wars: John Boyega Strikes Back

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10m Sep 3, 2020
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When a (seemingly) bulletproof series like Star Wars winds up losing hundreds of millions of dollars in momentum between installments, you can bet there will be backroom wailing and gnashing of teeth at the highest levels.

More unusual, however, is when one of the faces of that franchise, here John Boyega (Finn), makes public his very real concerns about the whole enterprise, how it was marketed, The Last Jedi's about face, Rian Johnson's directorial/writing choices, his role, and his future in blockbuster film-making in general.

Add in a discussion of racism, and well...

Disney has a bad feeling about this...in Virtual Legality.

#Boyega #Disney #StarWars


Discussed in this episode:

"John Boyega: 'I’m the only cast member whose experience of Star Wars was based on their race'"
British GQ - September 2, 2020 - Jimi Famurewa
https://www.gq-magazine.co.uk/culture/article/john-boyega-interview-2020

"Yeah, I'm all in for a John Boyega #StarWars film "
Tweet - December 9, 2019 - Richard Hoeg (@HoegLaw)
https://twitter.com/HoegLaw/status/1204115265946042368

"I think it is becoming clear that Disney hasn't lost the #StarWars PR wheel as much as it has determined that distance from Last Jedi is necessary and appropriate."
Tweet - December 11, 2019 - Richard Hoeg (@HoegLaw)
https://twitter.com/HoegLaw/status/1204773833649115136

"Release the JJ Cut? What Star Wars Rumors Can Tell Us About Media Messaging in the 2020s (VL151)"
YouTube Video - January 2, 2020 - Hoeg Law
https://youtu.be/SP1Sm5x6ouI

"I've been reflecting on this, and it really is fascinating that Disney has lost control of the "wheel" as it were this close to release of the new #StarWars."
Tweet - December 10, 2019 - Richard Hoeg (@HoegLaw)
https://twitter.com/HoegLaw/status/1204435301982187520

"Now It’s JJ Abrams’s Turn To Acknowledge That Into Darkness Had Problems With Khan"
Gizmodo - December 17, 2015 - James Whitbrook
https://io9.gizmodo.com/now-its-jj-abrams-turn-to-acknowledge-that-into-darknes-1748508652

"‘Star Wars’ China Poster Sparks Controversy After Shrinking John Boyega’s Character"
Variety - December 4, 2015 - Maane Khatchatourian
https://variety.com/2015/film/news/star-wars-china-poster-controversy-john-boyega-1201653494/

"The Last Jedi, Luke Skywalker, and Heroism in the Age of Trump"
December 2017 - Richard Hoeg
https://hoeglaw.wordpress.com/2017/12/20/the-last-jedi-luke-skywalker-and-heroism-in-the-age-of-trump/amp/

The Rise of Reylo: The Toxic Heart of Disney's Star Wars (Hoeg Law)
YouTube Video - December 22, 2019 - Hoeg Law
https://youtu.be/XWSudwOAxzY

"Interestingly, most of this discussion seems aimed at Rian Johnson..."
Tweet - September 2, 2020 - Richard Hoeg (@HoegLaw)
https://twitter.com/HoegLaw/status/1301223401084923904

"Star Wars fans harassed Kelly Marie Tran for months. She just deleted her Instagram posts."
Vox - June 5, 2018 - Constance Grady
https://www.vox.com/culture/2018/6/5/17429196/kelly-marie-tran-instagram-deleted-harassment-star-wars-rose-last-jedi


"Virtual Legality" is a continuing series discussing the law, video games, software, and everything digital, hosted by Richard Hoeg, of the Hoeg Law Business Law Firm (Hoeg Law).

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DESIGN WORK
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Chris Leroux (Motion Graphics)
For more information: contact Chris at @Chrisleroux on Twitter.

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Table of Contents

Timecode Title
00:00 Introduction (Background)
04:25 The Boyega Interview (British GQ)
07:34 On Star Wars and Race Generally
11:27 On Marketing Star Wars
18:32 On Sidelining/Others Getting More "Nuance"
24:55 Rian Johnson and The Last Jedi
31:52 On How Race Impacted His Experience
35:08 Conclusion

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