Things We Saw Today: Rian Johnson Has The Perfect Response To Complaints About Diversity

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Rian Johnson is not here for whiny troll complaining about forced diversity in Star Wars or anywhere else and we love him for it. Johnson appeared this weekend at Wired 25, a two day summit in San Francisco focused on tech and talking about the future. Johnson was on hand with young up-and-comer Chris Even (I really think that kid has a future) to talk about their new film Knives Out.

The guys took audience questions and one turned to the issue of diversity in Johnson’s movie, and seemed to allude to the negative response of some whiny, racist babies to Johnson The Last Jedi. Johnson’s response? “If someone’s responding to diversity negatively? Fuck ’em.” Watch the exchange below:

This just further cements Johnson’s status over here as a hero worthy of film podcast goddess, Karina Longworth. This is the only attitude we need to adopt when it comes to the idiots and trolls who complain about movies looking like the world we live in and tell stories about everyone. Johnson and Evan are the kind of white guys we need more of in the world – the sort committed to being allies and using their voices and influences to uplift the marginalized and tell the bigoted exactly where to shove their useless opinions.

Oh, and we hear Knives Out is pretty awesome too.

Here’s some other things we saw today.

  • Speaking of Chris Evans, we love his reunion with Paul Rudd on Billy on the Street and we will totally sign the Petition for him to replace Kevin Spacey in the ranks of homosexuals.
  • While we were looking up the Wired 25 Summit, we found a curious new business site….that may hold hints to season three of Westworld. (via Westworld/HBO)
  • Have you got a few extra hundred dollars sitting around to drop on some fancy cookware? Make sure you go extra nerdy with the Stars Wars Le Creuset line then! (via Nerdist)
  • Want a pet? Or just a good cry? Read about why adopting a senior dog can be the best. (via Today)
  • Hear what Kevin Feige has to say about the Scorcese v Marvel stuff over on the Awards Chatter Podcast. (via THR)
  • Someone tried to get Nikki Hayley to do the right thing and yet…here we are. (via The Washington Post)
  • It’s that time of year for cozy movies but how do you chose which? (via NPR)
  • And finally: I would like a capybara  for Christmas:

What did you see today, Suvians? And what are you looking for tomorrow?

(Image: Lia Toby/Getty Images for BFI)

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Jessica Mason (she/her) is a writer based in Portland, Oregon with a focus on fandom, queer representation, and amazing women in film and television. She's a trained lawyer and opera singer as well as a mom and author.