Adam Driver ‘is over’ according to Twitter trolls but why are people calling for the Star Wars and BlacKkKlansman actor to be ‘cancelled?’
Social media can be a harsh and unforgiving place.
One slight perceived misunderstanding and there can be hundreds, if not thousands of comments calling for your digital head to roll.
In a bizarre recent example, it has been Hollywood actor Adam Driver who has come under attack by social media trolls who have called for the 36-year-old to be ‘cancelled.’
But what has Adam Driver done to receive criticism from Twitter trolls in such a manner?
Twitter pronouces that ‘Adam Driver is over’ – again
Adam Driver is one of the best-known and most-loved actors currently working in the industry but that hasn’t stopped some Twitter trolls from trying to ‘cancel’ the Star Wars actor.
Over the evening of June 21st into June 22nd, Twitter’s trending page had picked up the #AdamDriverIsOverParty hashtag as trolls were targetting the actor.
Those pronouncing that ‘Adam Driver is over’ were taking aim at the fact Driver joined the US military after the tragic events of 9/11 and more recently for saying the n-word in the film BlacKkKlansman.
Bizarrely, this is not the first time that Driver has come under attack from Twitter as this is the third time that the ‘Adam Driver is over’ tag has trended on Twitter in the last six months, with spikes in December 2019 and April 2020.
Fans rush to support actor
While there were comments calling for the cancellation of the Star Wars actor, there were far more comments coming out in support of Adam Driver.
One fan on Twitter said: “y’all Adam Driver is not over he’s a veteran, an actor, and an angel please leave the unproblematics alone #AdamDriverIsOverParty“
While another, speaking about Driver’s role in BlacKkKlansman, followed by saying: “Or is Adam Driver over for playing a part written by Spike Lee in which he said the N word. . .because it was a script. . .by SPIKE LEE. . .who clearly wanted him to say it. Either reason is ridiculous. Please move on.”
And this fan even summed up the bizarre trend in Star Wars meme form:
Comment: A Twitter trend too far?
First up, let’s address Driver signing up to the marines following 9/11.
It’s something that the actor has spoken about many times before now and in an interview with the New Yorker in October 2019, Driver explained that his choice to join the marines: “wasn’t against Muslims,” he said but rather “It was: We were attacked. I want to fight for my country against whoever that is.”
According to the New Yorker, Driver’s decision to join the military was so quick and out of the blue that he was asked if he was running from the law.
While the questionable wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have certainly had their critics, you cannot blame Adam Driver for wanting to sign-up to the marines after someone flew planes into the World Trade Center and killed 3,000 people.
More recently comes this strange accusation about using the n-word in the film BlacKkKlansman.
The film, which is a true story and written and directed by black filmmaker Spike Lee, sees a black police officer, Ron Stallworth (John David Washington), infiltrate the Ku Klux Klan in order to identify and take down its ring leaders.
Stallworth deals with the KKK over the phone but when he’s asked to meet in person, a white police officer has to go undercover. This police officer was Philip ‘Flip’ Zimmerman who is played by Adam Driver.
And obviously, when you’re undercover with gun-toting members of the KKK, you’re hardly going to say ‘hang on a minute guys, we shouldn’t use the n-word here’ unless you want to end up dead or ruining the investigation.
As a result, it’s not hard to see why so many people have jumped to Driver’s defence on this most bizarre of issues.