J.J. Abrams has a theory about why some critics of Star Wars: The Last Jedi disliked the film so intensely.

In an interview with IndieWire this week, the director of The Force Awakens and the upcoming, still-untitled Episode IX said viewers who criticized the film’s inclusion of more female characters and stories felt “threatened” by the changes.

“Their problem isn’t Star Wars, their problem is being threatened,” Abrams told IndieWire when asked about a social media group that admitted to deliberately trying to bring down The Last Jedi‘s Rotten Tomatoes score.

“Star Wars is a big galaxy, and you can sort of find almost anything you want to in Star Wars. If you are someone who feels threatened by women and needs to lash out against them, you can probably find an enemy in Star Wars,” Abrams added. “You can probably look at the first movie that George [Lucas] did [Star Wars: A New Hope] and say that Leia was too outspoken, or she was too tough. Anyone who wants to find a problem with anything can find the problem. The internet seems to be made for that.”

Director, producer and writer J.J. Abrams (L) and his wife, public relations executive Katie McGrath, attend the premiere of Disney Pictures and Lucasfilm’s “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” at The Shrine Auditorium on December 9, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

Kelly Marie Tran played Rose Tico in ‘The Last Jedi,’ alongside John Boyega as Finn. (Disney/Lucasfilm)

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