Written by Kristian Bogaerts | Written on January 28, 2018 10:38:09The New York Times has been slammed for publishing a controversial article claiming the new film ‘Star War: The Last Jedi’ is the worst movie ever made.
However, the paper’s editor-in-chief has defended the article in a statement released to Variety, saying it is meant to be a positive portrayal of a time when the Empire was in decline.
The Times’ article, titled “Star Wars’ Last Jedi Is the Greatest Movie Ever Made,” was first published on January 13, 2018.
It has since been viewed by nearly two million people.
The piece argues that the new Star Wars film, based on a story by Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy, is a “revolutionary” and “reign of terror” in which we see “a single woman and a single boy” take up arms against the Empire.
“We want to make it clear that we don’t believe in one-sided, one-size-fits-all narratives,” the Times said in its statement.
“We believe in a range of narratives, and we believe that ‘Star Trek: The Next Generation’ is one of the most compelling stories of the 20th century.”
While the article was not published as part of the Times’ print edition, Variety posted it on the front page of the site on Thursday.
“A revolutionary,” the article says, as the New York Post published a similar article on the same day.
“Reign of Terror.”
While it is a positive depiction of the time, the Times also claimed the film “reveals a very particular brand of politics, an authoritarian one.
It does not reveal a new brand of power.”
According to the Times article, Kennedy “seeks to depict a society that is at peace with itself and has come to understand the power of its own history.”
The article also suggests that the film will be viewed by people who have not seen the first film, “but it will be seen by the vast majority of those who have,” citing Kennedy’s claim that people are “wondering what we did after the war.”
“They are looking for a lesson in how to do the right thing,” Kennedy said.
“And it’s a lesson that’s hard to learn.
And it’s very difficult to learn, and it’s something we don�t want to be part of.”
The New Jersey Times, the state’s largest newspaper, also defended the Times piece.
In a statement, it said the Times has a history of “advocacy on behalf of freedom of expression and freedom of thought, including our own.”
“The Times editorial board has long taken an interest in exploring important issues, such as how the First Amendment protects the freedom of the press, and the value of the role of free speech in a democracy,” the statement continued.
“While we do not endorse all of the editorial positions of the New Jersey State Journal, we believe in and endorse the First and Second Amendments to the United States Constitution, which protects free speech.”
The Times is also not the only newspaper to defend the new ‘Star’ film.
The Los Angeles Times published a story on Thursday, titled “‘Star Wars’: The Last…’
Is Just the Beginning.”
The story argues that The Last Force Awakens is the most “realistic” Star Wars ever made, adding that “no matter what the film may have looked like in 2019, it still looks and feels like a Star Wars movie.”
The paper also said it was not aware of any “alternative opinions” about the film, including one written by the writer of the original Star Wars trilogy, Lawrence Kasdan.
“The New Republic of Star Wars” said Kasdan, “has been wrong in its assessment of the film and it is now clear that the New Republic has been wrong about everything in its coverage of this new Star wars.”
The ‘StarWars’ series has been a hit at the box office.
In its first three weeks, ‘StarWar’ has grossed $5.5 billion at the domestic box office, according to Box Office Mojo.
The new ‘Last Jedi’ will be released on December 15, 2019.