Why We Should Celebrate Eric Butts' Star Wars Teaser Reaction

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I pity anyone who doesn't feel this way about something.

To the Man Who Cried Over the New Star Wars Teaser, Thank You

Twitter is a cruel social media platform, full of individuals with a mob mentality.

It has its moments of joy and inspiration, but for the most part, it's used to attack others and tear them down for the smallest slipups. Though some of these takedowns are valid, there are few that are not. Case in point, the internet's divided stance on Eric Butts' Star Wars Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker teaser trailer reaction.

I was first introduced to this debacle through a tweet that was retweeted onto my timeline:

A girl noted that "Star Wars and super hero movie obsession culture has revealed a whole new population of undateable men," with an attached snippet of Butts' reaction video.

Actor Rahul Kohli (who is set to be the voice of Scarecrow in the new Harley Quinn TV show) caught wind of this negative outlook on Butts' endearing reaction and pointed out the significance of it all:

"Nah fuck this. I want this man to know that I reacted the same way to Star Wars trailers, so much so I became an actor to be part of something that can give people this much joy. I would thank him for reminding me why I'm still here fighting to be in projects like this."

Kohli wasn't the only high-profile star to share his support for Butts on Twitter. Many fans rallied around him, but none more important than Luke Skywalker himself, Mark Hamill.

Hamill noted:

"It was inspiring to see you transported with joy in anticipation of IX. Makes what we do seem all the more worthwhile."

I couldn't agree more.

My heart swelled up with so much joy seeing Butts' eyes light up over the short clip. In writing this, I've watched his reaction more times than I can count and each moment makes me so excited.

It's not that I'm as elated about the new Star Wars episode as Butts is, it's the fact that I can see someone connect with something in such a meaningful way. Seeing him be taken down and attacked for his genuine reaction left me so upset. Mainly because I know what it's like to have these moments where something means so much to you that all you can do is cry tears of joy, while others poke fun at your attachment to something so trivial.

For me, that's my love of Arizona emo group, The Maine. They mean more to me than anything or anyone ever will in my life and I'm okay with that. I've accepted that, but others can't.

They see it as a silly little thing that doesn't deserve the value I give it. Sometimes, it hurts. As someone who finds it so difficult to connect with anyone or anything these days, I shouldn't be mocked for how deeply I cherish this band, nor should Butts be punished for his teary-eyed reaction to Star Wars Episode IX.

At first, seeing the negativity surrounding Butts really did bother me. I tried to get others to rally around him, but to no avail. They didn't care. They found it weird that a guy would experience this type of reaction to a meaningless movie trailer.

I've realized those people don't have anything that makes them feel the way Butts does about Star Wars or I do about The Maine. And for that, I pity those individuals. If nothing in your life makes your heart swell up with so much pride and joy that you can't help but allow your emotions to burst through the seams, what sort of life are you living?

For those of you who do have these feelings about something, no matter how juvenile it may seem, know that these feelings are valid. Never let anyone make you feel bad for showing such an honest reaction. Feelings are meant to be expressed, so let them out.

If you want to watch Butts' full reaction video to the teaser trailer, you can do so below:

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