The ‘De-Feminised Fanedit (aka the Chauvinist Cut)’ - apparently the work of Men's Rights activists - has been roundly mocked online
A fan-edited version of Star Wars: The Last Jedi, which either vastly reduces or completely edits out the presence of its female characters, has been widely derided online after stars of the film mocked the new edit.
The ‘De-Feminised Fanedit (aka the Chauvinist Cut)’ was reportedly uploaded to the file-sharing site The Pirate Bay by Men’s Rights activists earlier this week, clocking in at just 46 minutes – nearly two hours less than the actual run time of The Last Jedi.
The edit’s description promises that the roles of female characters in The Last Jedi have either been cut entirely or majorly scaled back, with General Leia’s presence edited so she no longer “scolds, questions nor demotes” Poe Dameron.
The edit also brings about a swifter death for Captain Phasma because, as the description claims, “women are naturally weaker than men, she isn’t force-sensitive, and we know nothing about any exoskeleton in her suit”. Laura Dern’s Vice-Admiral Holdo, meanwhile, has been removed from the film entirely.
After news of the upload broke online, film critic Priscilla Page posted a screenshot of an article about the edit before roundly mocking its content.
Page’s tweet was picked up by Last Jedi director Rian Johnson, who responded in kind:
Mark Hamill then chimed in with his take on the edit, writing:
John Boyega became the latest Last Jedi castmember to comment on the edit, adding:
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