The latest Star Wars film, The Rise of Skywalker, has been pretty controversial. This is true of virtually all Star Wars films because the fandom of the franchise is pretty passionate. They’re also pretty divided. Some feel the latest movie has spit in the face of the progress that The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi exhibited, what with having women and people of color talking and all.

TROS walked back a lot of characters, particularly that of Rose Tico, who was relegated to a couple of lines after being a main character in TLJ. Some thought this choice by J.J. Abrams was especially shameful after the harassment actress Kelly Marie Tran received from racist trolls who couldn’t handle her character.

This isn’t a fight that will be resolved anytime soon—or probably ever! But it has led to some interesting takes from Twitter. A man named Ed Powell was the catalyst for a pretty hilarious discussion about what makes an “actual” Star Wars fan. He tweeted the following parameters:

Seeing the Star Wars movies does not make you a Star Wars fan. Actual Star Wars fans have done some of the following:

* Read the novelizations

* Read books in the EU

* Read new canon books

* Read some comics

* Watched the animated shows

* Participated in SW discussion groups.

Um, okay.

via Twitter

Not many people were very happy with this definition, even the folks who could meet Powell’s standards. Many people pointed out that this was totally arbitrary and not a definitive measurement of anything. They had their own contradictory lists that were even more absurd, if that’s possible.

Below are the best responses to the concept of being a “real” Star Wars fan. Hope you can meet the mark, otherwise, you can’t keep giving Disney your money. Sorry, those are the rules!

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*First Published: January 3, 2020, 10:52 am