Around the Galaxy, a Star Wars podcast focused on the community and individuals in the Star Wars fandom, faced a mounting wave of pressure and harassment after announcing that a member of the Fandom Menace would be a guest on an upcoming episode, ultimately resulting in the episode being cancelled.

Pete Fletzer, host of Around the Galaxy and a former contributing editor to the Star Wars Galaxy magazine, first encountered the Fandom Menace, a self-titled and self-identifying group of Star Wars fans unhappy with the direction Disney has taken the Star Wars franchise, in August after embarking on a Twitter rant regarding the reactions fans had to the announcement of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge hotel pricing in Disneyworld:

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After receiving a fair amount of backlash from the Fandom Menace, Fletzer deleted his thread. However, after Fletzer directly targeted a video made by Fandom Menace member and Youtuber Drunk3P0 in his rant, Drunk3P0 responded by reaching out to Fletzer and attempting to engage in a good-faith discussion of the opinions held by either side of the Star Wars fandom. This led to Fletzer inviting Drunk3P0 to speak about the divide within the fandom on the Around the Galaxy podcast:

However, despite Fletzer’s good intentions and desire to promote good-faith conversations with those who hold differing opinions, Star Wars fans bombarded his mentions with insults directed towards the Fandom Menace and denouncements of Fletzer’s attempt at civil conversation:

Facing a growing wave of vitriol and anger, Fletzer announced that he and Drunk3P0 had mutually agreed that it was “in the best interest of all parties to not release this episode at this time” while still asserting his desire to see a “mending [of] the gap among Star Wars fans”:

Drunk3P0 also responded to the mounting wave of hate being directed towards himself and Fletzer, noting that “there a lot of horrible things said about me and to Pete.” He also announced that he would be taking a break from his Twitter account:

Since shelving the respective podcast episode and apologizing to those who took offense, Fletzer has found that those same parties were attempting to review bomb the Around the Galaxy podcast on iTunes:

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