It’s no secret that Fox News is, well, not exactly the hippest network on your TV dial. It’s viewership tends to be older, whiter and angrier than the average, and with an unusually high tolerance for loud-talking blowhards that say contrarian things in order to be contrarian. That’s about the only reason one can think of when wondering why, in a recent segment from his show Your World, Neil Cavuto dedicated precious air time to talking about how over-rated Star Wars is. Under normal circumstances with Fox News we might agree to disagree, but since the Force is with us and clearly not Cavuto, let’s take a minute to take him down a peg.
First of all, Cavuto prefaced the discussion saying “I’m not really into this whole thing, especially when I found out Fox has nothing to do with it.” He’s not wrong. Twentieth Century Fox lost the right to distribute the Star Wars movies when Disney bought Lucasfilm in 2012, but it’s enormously self-centered (and I suspect self-serving) to say that because something has nothing to do with your employer than it has absolutely no interest to you.
Cavuto than introduced his guests, “Star Wars super fan” Mike Gunzelman and Fox News commentator and suspected fembot Carley Shimkus. “Not only is it overrated, it’s also over-saturated … it’s all Star Wars,” said Shimkus. “It’s unbelievable how much attention this movie is getting.”
Yes, it is unbelievable how a franchise that sold to Disney for $4 billion is getting so much attention. One might think that the conservative Fox News would celebrate the entrepreneurial spirit in which George Lucas took a movie project no one had any faith in and turned it into a multi-billion dollar empire. Instead, the clearly outgunned Gunzelman was left to fend off the assault of verbal diarrhea with a somewhat weak defense saying, “It’s the good vs. evil. This is going to be great. Why? J. J. Abrams … there are new bad people. Harrison Ford is around.”
This isn’t the first time Fox News has gone off on things nerdy lately, but recently their favorite punching bag has been comic book heroes including Superman, who the network went after for protecting protesters from police brutality, and then Captain America, who they attacked for protecting illegal immigrants from a militia group trying to kill them.
If you’re interested, you can watch the segment from Your World with Neil Cavuto below:
Star Wars: The Force Awakens is in theaters everywhere on December 18.