When I saw the hashtag #AdamDriverIsOverParty trending on Twitter last night, I immediately clutched my chest and raced to find what horrible reason there was for the internet to cancel Adam Driver. The most unthinkable, most cancel-worthy thing I could think of was that Adam Driver had petitioned HBO to remove every single one of his shirtless scenes from Girls, and demanded they destroy the footage forever. That would be unforgivable. But that’s not what happened here.
According to Comicbook.com, some people on the internet recently discovered that before 36-year-old Adam Driver was an actor, he was a soldier in the United States Marine Corps. If you haven’t seen it, here’s a pre-Hollywood teenage Adam in uniform.
Adam Driver en 2002 après s'être engagé dans les Marines 👌 pic.twitter.com/6UPfhY01hb
— Rockyrama Crüe 🎟 (@Rockyramacrue) April 21, 2020
Adam has spoken about his military past, and said that he chose to enlist after 9/11. He served nearly three years, before he was medically discharged due to a dislocated sternum. That’s when his second application to Juilliard was accepted. Joining the Marines isn’t normally a reason for the internet to call for your cancellation; it’s the timing that bothered the hashtag warriors. #AdamDriverIsOverParty was founded on the belief that a teenage Adam Driver had racist, anti-Muslim motivations for joining the Marines after 9/11. They took one of his old quotes and walked away thinking that Adam is a xenophobe.
Last year while promoting Marriage Story, Adam explained during an interview with The New Yorker that he decided to enlist with the Marines after 9/11 to satisfy his urge to get revenge on whoever was responsible for attacking America. He said:
After 9/11, he found himself filled with a desire for retribution, although he wasn’t sure against what or whom. “It wasn’t against Muslims,” he said. “It was: We were attacked. I want to fight for my country against whoever that is.” His stepfather, a Baptist minister, had given him a brochure for the Marines, which he’d thrown in the trash. But now he reconsidered. He craved a physical challenge, and the marines were tough.
After the hashtag started gaining a little traction on Twitter, Star Wars fans decided to jump into action and defend their king. Some attempted to use that exact same New Yorker quote to debunk the theory that Adam Driver was, or is, a hateful anti-Muslim asshole. Meanwhile, other Star Wars fans just went straight to roasting the people using said hashtag.
Adam Driver wanted to join the Marines after 9/11 so that he could fight for his country. Now a bunch of Fart-Sniffers on Twitter want to cancel him. I couldn't make this stuff up.#AdamDriverIsOverParty pic.twitter.com/5wzZB9bfSj
— Price of Reason (@priceoreason) April 21, 2020
— rachel :)) (@avacadontdoit) April 21, 2020
— Nana (17) (@ariii_0913) April 21, 2020
The people behind the #AdamDriverIsOverParty should have known that it’s a fool’s game to fuck around with Star Wars fans. They’re the ultimate cyberbullies (just ask Kelly Marie Tran). Also, Adam Driver probably doesn’t care that much. He can’t even tolerate the sound of his own voice, so I doubt he’s up at night, combing through every Twitter hashtag about himself. So it remains to be seen if the #AdamDriverIsOverParty hashtag will do anything besides annoy Star Wars fans. However, it’s a whole other story in the event #KyloRenIsOverParty begins trending. We can all agree that that guy is an asshole. I don’t care how much anyone wants to use the force on Kylo’s throbbing red lightsaber – the dude (SPOILER ALERT) killed Han Solo! And while I have no proof, I bet he’s kicked a porg before.