Something terrible has happened.
Let me start by putting one thing straight: It's okay to not like the new Star Wars films. It's okay to be upset about Disney's handling of the franchise. It's even okay to talk about it online - I am not disputing that.
However, if you follow any Star Wars fan page across social media you will undoubtedly have come across the hostility that many people are aiming at other fans who have a differing opinion. This unfettered rage isn't even restricted to posts about the particular greivance they have with the franchise today; you will find these types of posts on anything vaguely Star Wars related.
It seems clear to me that there is a toxic element in Star Wars fandom today, one that has reportedly driven Kelly Marie Tran to leave Instagram over the amount of abuse she has received from so-called fans. I'll reiterate: It's okay to not like The Last Jedi, it's even okay to not like certain fictional characters. What isn't okay is directing unsolicited abuse at the actor (regardless of their gender, race, or anythign else) - that's called bullying.
At the very core of Star Wars, even in it's darkest times, is a story of hope. My personal experience of the Star Wars fandom over the years has been overwhelmingly positive: from my first moments on the now defunct official message boards, to attending Celebration and meeting a really call bunch of people, to the jubilant atmosphere of midnight releases. But I'm beginning to see the dark side of the community.
I know people who enjoy the new Disney vision for Star Wars. I know people who don't like it, and that's fine: The wonderful thing about Star Wars is that it is such a vast universe that we don't all have to like the same things and I'm sure the majority of fans understand this.
But it's high time we stood together - there is no place for toxic behaviour in the Star Wars community.