Spoilers follow for Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Star Wars: The Last Jedi is on track to become the most successful blockbuster of the year, but that hasn’t stopped an almost immediate backlash from fans angry at the direction of the new film. It’s far from perfect and there are many legitimate criticisms to be levelled at it, but fanboy temper tantrums and nonsensical online petitions — such as the one to expunge The Last Jedifrom the Star Wars ‘canon’ — are difficult to take seriously.

Nevertheless, with The Last Jedi being the most political Star Wars film yet, it’s increasingly hard to ignore the toxic discourse around many aspects of the film. Indeed, the parallels between the First Order and the rise of the alt-right are numerous. It’s clear that the Empire of the original trilogy were modelled on the Nazis: the brutal, militaristic regime and the uniforms all echo the ideology and aesthetics of European fascism. Similarly, the First Order, rising from the ashes of the Empire, mirror the rise of neo-fascists online.

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