From Princess Leia to Rey, and Padmé if you acknowledge the existence of the sequels, it's fair to say that Star Wars wouldn't be the global phenomenon it is today without strong female characters.
So it came as a surprise to many when Pedestrian reported that a male activist had made a fan edit of Star Wars: The Last Jedi which cuts out the film's female characters, reducing the running time from around 155 minutes to just 46 minutes. The angry fan then illegally uploaded the film online.
Titled The Last Jedi: De-Feminized Fanedit, Laura Dern's character, Admiral Holdo, was cut from the film entirely. While Daisy Ridley, Carrie Fisher and Kelly Marie Tran, all had their roles drastically reduced.
"The intro sequence is now very watchable and actually much cooler without all of Leia's nit-picking," the unknown uploader wrote. "Now it's all one united Resistance fighting without inner conflict and that's much more satisfying to watch. Due to the extreme shortening, the whole movie is much more fast-paced now."
Writer Priscilla Page's reaction to the edit quickly went viral.
And it attracted the attention of director Rian Johnson.
Priscilla hits all the major points here but I’ll just add hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha https://t.co/f0bKJ9NeUe— Rian Johnson (@rianjohnson) January 16, 2018
Actors Mark Hamill and John Boyega had similar reactions.
God talk, team.
Fans were similarly amused by the absurdity, while others were understandably annoyed.
Daisy Ridley needs to get on Twitter just so she can quote tweet this.— Jeanna Louise Skinner (@JeannaLStars) January 16, 2018
And somewhere, Carrie is deciding which one of the thin-skinned fanboys she shall bestow the Great Cosmic Middle Finger upon first.— Erin M. Roll (@ErinMRoll) January 16, 2018
Seeing this tweet first, thinking 'Oh, the SW cast is doing a cute thing, I wonder what they're all laughing at?' and clicking through the chain of RTs, only to find... 😲😲😲😲😲😲😲😲😲— Izmar 🔥🎇 (@Izmarvelous) January 17, 2018
I was thinking the same 🙏🏻 truly inspiring and enlightening 😇— Paul Groseclose (@realPaulGrose) January 16, 2018
👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏— Kris Spratt (@KrisSpratt) January 17, 2018
Makes a final final point..🤣😃😄😃🤣😃😄😃🤣😃😄😃🤣😃😄😃🤣😃😄😃🤣😃😄😃🤣😃😄😃🤣😃😄😃🤣😃😄😃🤣😃😄😃🤣😃😄😃🤣😃😄😃🤣😃😄😃🤣😃😄😃🤣😃😄😃🤣😃😄😃🤣😃😄😃🤣😃😄😃🤣😃😄😃🤣😃😄😃🤣😃😄😃🤣😃😄😃🤣😃😄😃🤣😃😄😃🤣😃😄😃🤣😃😄😃🤣😃😄😃🤣😃😄😃🤣😃😄😃🤣😃😄😃🤣😃😄😃🤣😃— Steve Gee (@SuggsTheDuck) January 17, 2018
Daisy Ridley needs Twitter just so she can see this magnificence.— Madison Hanson (@mads3388) January 16, 2018
this is the quality content Twitter introduced 280 characters for— aubrey (@spgsmemes) January 16, 2018
I hear you—and you're not wrong—but have you considered 😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂?— Jay Hipps (@jayhipps) January 16, 2018
Oh sweet twitter Jesus.. please let the whole cast continue this!!!!!!— Sp3ctre (AKA Mark) (@montoya23) January 16, 2018
What do you think of this absurd edit?