Bantha Poodoo: Cutting Through the Star Wars Clickbait (Week of 7/24/2016)


With Lucasfilm producing a new Star Wars movie every year until the end of time, everyone wants to quickly cash-in on the franchise with some quick and stupid Star Wars stories. As a service to our readers we’ll be running down each week’s bit of Star Wars clickbait on the internet to try to debunk this week’s Star Wars stupidity.

It’s been a while since we’ve ran one of these columns, but with Celebration delivering real Star Wars news there hasn’t been much time for people to make up fake Star Wars things. While this normally hits on Friday, there’s a little bug that really needs to be squashed…

I Was Raised To Do One Thing…Fake Episode VIII Scoops


There’s another new Star Wars site trying to fool people with personal fan fiction being passed off as leaks from the Episode VIII set. Not long after the “StarWarsFromTheSet” faker site deleted themselves from the internet after being called out for faking props, a site called “I Was Raised to Do One Thing” surfaced. I’m not at all saying they’re run by the same person, just that it’s pretty fishy that one faker site deletes itself and another immediately surfaces to replace it within a couple of days…

The problem with “I Was Raised to Do One Thing” is that the guy isn’t very smart in his attempt to get a bunch of hits from Reddit. That place, which in the past would believe anyone who tried to debunk Episode VII spoilers they didn’t like, even sees through this guy’s fake scoops.

Why? It’s pretty simple. At first people weren’t quite sure of what to make of the guy, but as the days went on and the site basically began spamming leaks (sometimes one a day) it got pretty suspicious. No one with legitimate information leaked from the set of Episode VIII would spam them out that quickly. It’s a pretty transparent attempt to build up content on his new WordPress site.

Another huge reg flag is the variety of leaks he is posting. The amount of stuff on the site comes from virtually every part of the production of Episode VIII, from every act of the movie. No one person on the production of the movie has that sort of access, unless “General Flux” is really Rian Johnson and he’s purposely trying to sabotage his movie (he’s not).

I know people are desperate for information on Episode VIII, and that desperation is leading them to want to believe any fake site that pops up with information they crave. But people need to realize that the legitimate leaks for The Force Awakens did not actually arrive until February of 2015, long after reshoots were done and the movie was basically finished outside of effects and editing.

Even Rogue One is going through reshoots right now. Star Wars Episode VIII still has reshoots on the schedule (every movie needs them). The absolute soonest we’ll begin to hear some legitimate stuff about the true plot of Episode VIII is after those reshoots are done and the movie is in post-production. That means people will just need to be patient until sometime early in 2017.

Until then, whenever a new site pops up with a ton of detailed “leaks” about Episode VIII, just close the tab and move on.