Last week, Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn was fired by Disney after many of his old tweets, which made light of rape and pedophilia, re-surfaced.
This week, Star Wars: The Last Jedi director, Rian Johnson, deleted over 20,000 tweets of his own. His act led to many accusations claiming he must have something to hide. However, Johnson took to Twitter to clarify he simply wanted to clear out any of his impromptu tweets that may be taken out of context.
No official directive at all, and I don’t think I’ve ever tweeted anything that bad. But it’s nine years of stuff written largely off the cuff as ephemera, if trolls scrutinizing it for ammunition is the new normal, this seems like a “why not?” move.— Rian Johnson (@rianjohnson) July 25, 2018
Johnson confirmed to fans and critics alike that his Twitter purge was just a "why not?" move, in lieu of all the negativity and scrutiny surrounding the platform.
Throughout his time on Twitter, Johnson made a point to interact with his followers, even after the debut of The Last Jedi resulted in some fans jumping off the Star Wars bandwagon and abandoning the franchise altogether.
I just remembered. When Luke faded away at the end of The Last Jedi like a hot fart in the breeze (great way for him to go out Rian Johnson, thanks for that), all my hope for the franchise went with him. There was nothing for me to go back for after that. Certainly not Rey & co.— demonscythe synthwave (@demonscythsynth) July 25, 2018
Johnson received criticism and backlash for The Last Jedi on a wide spectrum, from fans just expressing their disappointment, to the director receiving death threats after the film's debut. Thankfully, there are still some fans who are more light-hearted about the situation.
BREAKING: People Who Are “now done with Star Wars” After The Last Jedi Are Still Constantly Talking About Star Wars Seven Months After Its Release.— Mark Sutter (@MarkESutter) July 21, 2018
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Overall, Johnson says he acknowledges the feedback in an affirmative way, telling CNN he thinks the criticisms are "