Simon Pegg has been around the block a few times in the world of sci-fi, but he said one fandom stood above all others – and for all the wrong reasons.
“The ‘Star Wars’ fan base really seems to be the most toxic right now,” he told Jim Norton and Sam Roberts on SiriusXM.
Pegg, who has had roles in ‘Star Trek’, ‘Doctor Who’ and ‘Star Wars’, admitted he was part of the problem when he poked fun at Jar Jar Binks on his ‘Spaced’ TV series . Ahmed Best, who played Jar Jar in the prequels, said in 2018 that he contemplated suicide because of the backlash he received for the role.
“I have apologized for the things I said about Jar Jar Binks, because of course there was a fucking actor involved and he was getting a lot of flak,” Pegg said. “He was a human being and because he got a lot of hay he suffered and I feel bad to be part of that.”
“Star Wars” fans have also gone wild with new cast members in more recent films, especially racially diverse personalities, such as John Boyega as Finn and Kelly Marie Tran as Rose. Tico.
But Pegg said there was another fandom that was much more accepting.
“I find ‘Star Trek’ fans have always been very, very inclusive,” he said. “Star Trek is about diversity. It’s been since 1966, it always has been. There’s no such thing as, ‘Oh, you’re suddenly awake.’ No, ‘Star Trek’ was woke from the start.
Pegg, who played Montgomery “Scotty” Scott in three “Star Trek” films, noted that the show featured a racially diverse cast from the start.
“It’s massively progressive,” he said. “’Star Wars’ suddenly there’s a little more diversity, and everyone’s talking about it. And it’s, it’s really sad.
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