Kevin Smith Tells Off Toxic He-Man Fans: Think Netflix Series Is Too Woke? ‘Deal with It’

Kevin Smith Tells Off Toxic He-Man Fans: Think Netflix Series Is Too Woke? ‘Deal with It’
[Editor’s note: The following post contains spoilers for “Masters of the Universe: Revelation.”]

Kevin Smith’s animated Netflix series “Masters of the Universe: Revelation” is the latest bit of franchise IP to become the victim of toxic fandom. Similar to Rian Johnson’s “Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” Smith’s direct sequel series to “He-Man and the Masters of the Universe” (1983-85) is being review bombed on Rotten Tomatoes and IMDb and trolled on social media for taking the franchise in directions fans don’t agree (via Variety). A lot of the toxic backlash stems from Smith’s decision to seemingly kill off main characters He-Man and Skeletor in the pilot episode. The twist allows supporting characters like the female warrior Teela to assume lead roles as they search for magic that can bring He-Man back.

“I know there’s some people that are like, ‘Hey, man, this show’s woke,’” Smith told Variety about the backlash. “I’m like,
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