The Internet Basically Exploded After Bad Robot Tweeted Pic of R2D2

By November 15, 2013

SW tweet

Look, I know a lot of people are desperate for details about Star Wars: Episode VII these days, but what happened online yesterday was a little ridiculous, don’t you think? For those who somehow managed to avoid it, Bad Robot tweeted a photo of J.J. Abrams, Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy, and a couple of unnamed workers standing next to R2D2 with a caption that read, “Hi from the workshop! #StarWarsVII”.

Not much to see, right? Well, if you were to look around the movie blogosphere, this is apparently a big freaking deal. Nine out of ten websites that wrote about this said something along the lines of “R2D2 Officially Confirmed to Appear in New Star Wars Movie.” Did I miss something? Of course it’s probable that R2 will show up in Episode VII – the character has appeared in every Star Wars movie so far, so it’s a safe bet we’ll see him and his gold buddy again in 2015 – but it’s the wording I’m having trouble wrapping my head around. Since when is a tweet saying “Hi from the workshop!” an official confirmation? Abrams isn’t even standing on a set! Everyone is so eager to slurp up Star Wars news (including the people writing these “reports”) that the writers are essentially making things up that they hope will happen and reporting them as facts.

Can everyone take it down a notch, please? I understand that people are stoked. I really do. I’m excited to see what Abrams does with a new Star Wars. This whole project is undoubtedly a very big deal. But we’ve still got more than two full years until this movie comes out. At the very least, can we wait until we hear real official announcements before we start proclaiming things “official”? That’d be great. Thanks.

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