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Chewbacca Actor Joonas Suotamo Calls Out “Toxic Fandom” In Response to Feminist Criticism of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

Chewbacca actor Joonas Suotamo recently took to Twitter to call out the elements of "toxic fandom" amongst Star Wars fans and discourse.

Joonas Suotamo, the actor behind the furry Wookie suit of Chewbacca, recently spoke out against “toxic fandom” in response to a harsh critique through a feminist lens of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.

On December 20th, Inside Edition senior social media producer and ComicsBeat contributer Klaudia Amenábar published a Twitter thread harshly criticizing what she felt were “absolutely terrible messages about female power in [Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker]”:

In response to this thread, Suotamo joined the conversation and called out Amenábar and her supporters for their “misleading claims” and identifying them as a “toxic” element of the fandom:

Following Suotamo’s tweet, supporters of Amenábar’s criticism chastised Suotamo and accused him of “silencing her” whilst simultaneously and ironically claiming that he “[doesn’t] get to make this call.”

However, Suotamo’s tweet was also met with a wave of support from fans thanking Suotamo for addressing the issue and those who took issue with the entire premise of the criticism:

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