Simon Pegg says Star Wars fans are the most toxic
New York, New York – In a recent interview, actor Simon Pegg revealed his opinion of the Star Wars fan base, and it wasn't pretty.
"To be honest, and as someone who kind of was, you know, kicked off about the prequels when they came out, the Star Wars fan base really seems to be the most kind of toxic at the moment," Pegg revealed. "I'm probably being very controversial to say that."
The star noted that he also contributed to the "toxic" fandom in the past himself, having joked about Ahmed Best, who played Jar Jar Binks in Star Wars: The Phantom Menace. Best received so much backlash for the infamous role that he has since revealed that he considered ending his life.
"I’ve apologized for the things I said about, you know, Jar Jar Binks," Pegg explained, "because, of course, there was a fucking actor involved. He was getting a lot of flack and … it was a human being. And because it got a lot of hate, he suffered, you know, and I feel terrible about being part of that."
Simon Pegg compares Stars Wars and Star Trek fans
Best and Pegg are also not the only ones to share their horror stories about Star Wars fans. The Star Wars franchise has had countless incidents of negative backlash over the years, most recently racist remarks from fans in regard to Moses Ingram's character in the Obi-Wan Kenobi series.
Pegg has starred in both Star Wars and Star Trek, and other popular franchises such as Doctor Who and Mission Impossible. He went on to describe the Trek fan base as "very, very inclusive" and "massively progressive."
The actor will be starring in the upcoming Mission Impossible and Star Trek films, which are currently in post-production.
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