NOTE: This article contains spoilers about ‘The Last Jedi.’ Read at your own risk.
An anonymous men’s rights activist has edited the latest Star Wars movie, The Last Jedi, and removed all scenes featuring women. Since the movie’s release, there has been a group of supposed Star Wars fans upset with the way the film turned out; from their perspective, classic characters like Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) don’t get their due, and there is too much focus on female characters they deem superfluous.
In December, a fan even started a petition to remove the movie from the Star Wars canon.
This edit, called Star Wars: The Last Jedi: De-Feminized Fanedit (a.k.a The Chauvinist Cut), cuts the 2.5-hour runtime of The Last Jedi down to 46 minutes by deleting “most shots showing female fighters/pilots and female officers commanding people around/having ideas.”
You can read the full list of “edits” below.
Even within the men’s rights activist community, there was division over the edits. While some lauded them, others were conflicted. Some Reddit users (where the majority of the anonymous naysayers can be found) questioned the necessity of the recut, with some saying it “just makes no sense.”
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The creator of the edited version even seemed to question his own work.
“You will probably enjoy it most when you view it less as a blockbuster movie and more as some kind of episode from some non-existent mediocre Star Wars series,” the creator said. He went on to acknowledge faults in his product. “There are plot holes and continuity errors.”
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Among the big cuts: Laura Dern’s Admiral Holdo is completely removed from the movie, meaning the “Holdo Maneuver” is carried out by Oscar Isaac’s character Poe Dameron, who then dies; General Leia doesn’t chastize Poe Dameron, and she’s ultimately killed by Kylo Ren; Captain Phasma gets beaten by Finn in one hit because “women are naturally weaker than men,” Rey doesn’t have the strength of The Force, and Paige Tico (sister to Kelly Marie Tran’s Rose) doesn’t heroically take out the enemy ship to lead off the movie.
Director Rian Johnson had a very simple and telling reply to the edit.
Hamill joined in the mockery with his own tweet.
John Boyega, who plays Finn in the movie, piled on as well.
Star Wars fans mercilessly trolled the edit’s creator on Twitter, questioning why anybody would bother in the first place.
As of this writing, Star Wars: The Last Jedi has raked in approximately US$592 million at the North American box office.