Star Wars: The Last Jedi actress Kelly Marie Tran reportedly deleted her Instagram posts because of fan harassment. Many film journalists and bloggers are now loudly supporting her. Tran shouldn’t trust them too much, though. As soon as she does a movie they hate, most of them won’t care if she’s harassed anymore.
When George Lucas made the Prequels and altered the Original Trilogy, many fans went nuts. Some compared the creator of Star Wars to a rapist. Others fantasized about killing him. It went on for many years. In January 2012, Lucas finally announced that he would retire from Lucasfilm and the movie business.
“Why would I make any more,” Lucas says of the “Star Wars” movies, “when everybody yells at you all the time and says what a terrible person you are?”
Later in the year, he sold Lucasfilm to Disney and chose Kathleen Kennedy to take over and supervize the future Star Wars movies.
“It was fine before the Internet,” he told Bloomberg Businessweek following the Lucasfilm sale. “But now . . . it’s gotten very vicious and very personal. You just say, ‘Why do I need to do this?’ ”
(source: Vanity Fair)
You’ll hardly find articles condemning the endless bashing of George Lucas. Most film journalists and bloggers were fine with it. At that time, they agreed with the infuriated fans on the Prequels and the Special Editions, so they chose to tolerate all their excesses.