Needless to say there are Spoilers here so click away if you still haven’t seen Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
While Star Wars: The Force Awakens has been out for nearly a month, there are always people who have trouble making it to the theater. The movie came out during the holidays when many people have other commitments that take up their time and require them to focus on other things. The point is that while most people who care have certainly seen the movie, there are surely a few who have not. Accidental spoilers are certainly a possibility that these people will have to deal with. That much is understood. This guy, however, is just an asshole.
Exactly what posses somebody to spend the money to outfit their car with a sign advertising the big secret of The Force Awakens is something I’m not clear about. Maybe he hasn’t even seen the movie yet but had it spoiled for him and this is his version of a temper tantrum. Perhaps his mom threw out all his Star Wars figures when he was a kid, and he’s never gotten over it. There’s clearly some long-standing trauma here. I’m not a psychologist, but that much seems obvious.
Certainly this guy, or at least his car, is going to receive his 15 minutes of fame for doing this, but certainly there are better ways to become internet famous, rather than infamous. Some people seem to get a kick out of ruining the day for others. On the internet, these people are called trolls. Can we all just agree to keep the troll thing online? It’s really important when you get in your car that you act like a reasonable person and not a douchebag. It’s part of the social contract. The rest of the world doesn’t need to know you’re a troll when you go online. That’s your little secret. Please keep it.
Spoilers are a tough thing. There’s no official policy on when it’s ok to talk about movies or TV or books. We’ve all had something spoiled for us accidentally. Somebody talks about a movie you meant to one day see, and only asks you if you’ve seen it after they give away the end. How many people knew who Keyser Soze was before they ever saw The Usual Suspects? Even today, that’s a tragedy. While learning that information by accident is easy to do today, there’s no reason it should be done on purpose. In the grand scheme of things, it’s virtually impossible to protect all people from all spoilers but as people, we can all do our part, right? We can, individually, try to not spoil things for people. We can at least not take out fucking ad space, right? Even Han Solo himself thinks this guy sucks.
Today’s lesson? Some people are dicks. The rest of us are really sorry about that.