I Respect and Support Margot Robbie’s Refusal to Watch Star Wars

Keep on fighting the good fight, Margot. Photo: VALERY HACHE/AFP/Getty Images

I have seen one Star Wars film, and only because it landed on a college syllabus for some extremely niche reason. Having fallen asleep immediately, I can’t claim to have watched for more than 15 disjointed minutes, and while I am content to live in this state of cinematic ignorance forever, others are not so happy with my choices. Tell someone you’ve never seen a Star Wars movie — it comes up a lot, because it seems like a new one releases every holiday season — and you will meet with sputtering disbelief, even indignation, as if this were a personal attack. How — but, no — you’ve … never?? Why not?? I mean come on, you’ve seen one! That’s it, we’re watching. It’s Star Wars, you have to see it!

I absolutely do not; no one does, but once you realize just how pissed off people get about Star Wars abstinence, the series of bug-eyed brain explosions becomes immensely satisfying to witness in real time. Margot Robbie, who once found a severed human foot on a beach, agrees. She has launched a Star Wars boycott of her own, and I support her wholeheartedly in this endeavor.

Robbie and two of her Once Upon a Time in Hollywood co-stars, Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt, sat down with MTV to discuss, among other things, classic movies they’ve never seen. Robbie first took a moment to highlight DiCaprio’s habit of angrily lecturing her on the films she should be watching, before dropping the bomb. “I’ve never seen any Star Wars,” she said, to a small yelped “what!” from her interviewer.

“And I kind of don’t watch it now just because it infuriates people so much, like, ‘How? How have you never watched any Star Wars?’” she continued. “And I just kinda wanna see how long I can make it now.”

In the sea of seemingly engineered-to-be-relatable answers that Robbie has fired off in interviews, this one — for me personally — is hands-down the most authentically resonant. I hope she makes it all the way.

I Respect Margot Robbie’s Refusal to Watch Star Wars