Fans of the Star Wars franchise took to Twitter Friday, calling out Disney for including a school shooting in the first scene of Obi-Wan Kenobi.
Obi-Wan Kenobi and Disney+ are being criticized by Star Wars fans on Twitter for including a school shooting in the first episode, days after the horrific attack in Texas.
Shortly after Obi-Wan Kenobi premiered on Disney+ late Thursday, viewers took to Twitter to express their outrage over the opening scene. The first episode begins with a flashback to Order 66, during which clone troopers shoot their way through the Jedi Temple while younglings try to get away. In one sequence, a teacher throws herself in front of her students to protect them from the troopers.
The bulk of the criticism comes from the inclusion of a school shooting at all, though others expressed ire at the lack of a content warning from Disney+, especially in the wake of the mass shooting in Texas. “I don’t even know what the right thing would have been for Disney to do, but… that’s not how I wanted to start my escapism after this shitty week,” said one viewer. Others provided warnings for other viewers, informing those interested in watching the first episode to skip to 6:14 into it to avoid the triggering scene.
The United States suffered another deadly mass shooting on May 24 after an 18-year-old gunman entered Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas and murdered 19 children and two adults. The gunman wounded a further seventeen individuals. Police eventually shot and killed the gunman. His motives remain largely unknown, but it’s been confirmed he murdered his grandmother shortly before fleeing to Robb Elementary School, where police reportedly followed him. The devastating attack has sparked debate in the U.S. about gun control laws, with many expressing a desire to see more robust legislation to prevent the possibility of future shootings.
Netflix recently revealed it would include a trigger card for U.S. audiences at the beginning of the first episode of Stranger Things Season 4. The episode depicts Eleven (Millie Bobby Brown) connected to a deadly massacre of children. “We filmed this season of Stranger Things a year ago,” the card reads. “But given the recent tragic shooting at a school in Texas, viewers may find the opening scene of Episode 1 distressing. We are deeply saddened by this unspeakable violence, and our hearts go out to every family mourning a loved one.”
The first two episodes of Obi-Wan Kenobi are now streaming on Disney+, with new installments arriving every Wednesday.
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