‘Last Jedi’ Stars Mark Hamill, John Boyega Rail Against ‘De-Feminized’ Cut With LOLs

“I actually do believe it’s gotta be a brilliant troll,” tweets director Rian Johnson

Last Updated: January 17, 2018 @ 9:36 AM

A “de-feminized” cut of “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” — which severely deemphasizes women heroines in the blockbuster movie — has the stars and creator of the film in stitches. But that’s not because they approve of the video’s self-professed chauvinism.

Posted anonymously, the “De-Feminized Fanedit (aka The Chauvinist Cut)” came to TheWrap’s attention via reddit. It erases strong female characters in the movie, like Laura Dern’s Admiral Holdo and Daisy Ridley’s Rey.

An example (major spoiler!): Without Holdo, the cut presents Poe (Oscar Isaac) as being the one who does her suicide hyperspace maneuver that rips Snoke’s command ship in half — effectively killing off BB-8’s best friend.

Director Rian Johnson responded to a Twitter thread calling out the cut for its ridiculousness, adding a hearty “hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha” in response.

Star Mark Hamill, who plays the iconic Luke Skywalker, joined in, too, with 114 laughing emojis.

John Boyega, who plays Finn, added, “Great points. Hope it’s okay to make a final point” and added his own laughing emojis to the bunch.

It’s clear that Johnson, Hamill and Boyega take the cut as a colossal joke, especially because the female characters in the movie are so important to the story.

Johnson responded to a Twitter user who said, “Please tell me this was the greatest troll in history and it’s not real because I can’t lose this much faith in humanity.”

“I actually do believe it’s gotta be a brilliant troll. It’s just too perfect,” Johnson said.

Johnson’s initial tweet was in response to a thread in which one Twitter user wrote: “too obvious of SJW [“social justice warrior”] thing. I won’t be surprised next time they will break the 4th wall and talk to viewers hey don’t vote for Trump like this.”

But a whole lot of those in the thread assumed the cut was made by a Men’s Rights Activist.

TheWrap’s Phil Owen “debated whether the ‘De-Feminized’ cut is the creation of an actual Men’s Rights Activist dork, or just total-commitment deadpan irony.”

“In this age of parodies that aren’t quite as ridiculous as the things being parodied, it is often hard to tell the difference,” he said in his analysis of the cut. “But I would guess it’s the real deal for two reasons: first, it’s a lot of work for somebody to do as a joke; and second, the joke is only funny when you read about the concept — actually watching this cut wouldn’t be fun or enjoyable in that way. Or in any way, really.”