Attacking a celebrity for their media choices is a little cruel.
People like different things, and that’s okay. An actor can be talented on-screen no matter what movies they choose to watch behind the scenes.
That said, you can kind of see where the internet is coming from as fans lambast teeny tiny teenage Tom Holland for having never seen the original Star Wars trilogy.
In a recent interview with Yahoo, the pintsized Spider-Man actor admitted his ignorance to movies like The Empire Strikes Back, which hits a little too close to home for some fans considering the character’s offhand reference to a vaguely remembered “really old movie” in Captain America: Civil War.
Admitting to his cultural failing, Holland stated: “I haven’t seen The Empire Strikes Back, I’m not gonna lie,” before going on to state that the new movies, The Force Awakens and Rogue One, are “pretty dope”.
This kind of admission is enough to get any fan of the Original Trilogy frothing at the mouth, as considering that it’d only take six or seven hours to sit Holland down and educate him, it’s surprising the Russo Brothers didn’t do the decent thing and give him the film school crash course that he clearly missed while performing in Billy Elliot in London’s West End.
Even more egregious, though, is the fact that, according to Holland, he really loved the Star Wars prequel trilogy when he was younger.
“And I’m even more embarrassed to say that I love those movies when I was a kid. Everyone’s like, ‘What? You liked those movies?!‘”
You know what, Tom Holland? You should be embarrassed for that. Youthful inexperience is no excuse.
But there’s a bigger issue at work here, which fuels comic book fans to treat news of Holland’s Star Wars preferences as a form of betrayal.
Ultimately, this is all a generational issue. It’s difficult for fans to admit that the reason they no longer have shared cultural experiences with Peter Parker is because, while we’ve all grown older, Spider-Man has remained a teenager.
The fact that our current Spidey hasn’t seen our favorite movie is simply a reflection of the fact that we’re no longer the young, up and coming generation.
That’s a scary thought. But at least Tobey Maguire will always be our age.