“The petition started by Phillip Grube was created when Alita was in its second weekend in theaters with the express goal of demonstrating to the powers that be like James Cameron and Robert Rodriguez that there was enough fan interest and desire to make a sequel film.
Petitions like these don’t do much as far as affecting change in a direct way, but what they can do is symbolize public interest in a particular cause. This is a way for Alita fans to demonstrate that they want to see Alita 2, with the idea being that the people and corporate entities with the power to greenlight the sequel see this petition and get the message that another movie is a viable proposition.”
The following is a letter written by @StarOfElyon detailing how The Independent libeled The #AlitaArmy. The smear article against the #AlitaArmy was unprovoked and extremely damaging to our reputation. In the letter are links to proof of The Independent writer’s (Adam White) lies. The Independent refused to retract the smear article but they did edit it a number of times to lessen the degree of defamation against the #AlitaArmy. The archive of the original article will reveal those edits and expose The Independent’s guilt.
THE LETTER DEBUNKING THE INDEPENDENT’S LIES AGAINST THE #ALITAARMY:
Hi. My name is Tony. I’m @StarOfElyon on Twitter. I’m writing to see if I can get you involved in helping clear the name of the online community, which I’m a part of, called #AlitaArmy. We were wrongly linked to the “alt-right” by Adam White who writes for The Independent. The “opinion” that he published was defamatory and contained bad interpretations of events that happened on Twitter. I was referred to in The Independent’s article by Adam White as someone who made an “attack video” against a female journalist that wanted to interview us. He ignored important details that were public knowledge to create his narrative that she was “maliciously attacked”. I will even provide you with links to proof that the Independent’s article is a lie.
Before I post the links, I need to make you aware that I’m African American and I was part of the #AlitaArmy before we adopted a hashtag. Many of us are not white and/or right wing. This was also ignored by Adam White. It’s not even possible for us to be “alt-right”. There are some people who have used Alita as a political protest against “woke propaganda” and some of those people have used the #AlitaArmy hashtag. When we spoke up and asked them not to use the hashtag in attacks against other movies or characters, they put up a fight. The good thing is that those people aren’t the core of #AlitaArmy; they eventually lose interest in the hashtag and move on.
The link to the Independent’s article as it currently appears follows. In the archived article, also linked below, my video was called an “attack video”. The archive proves that the article was altered numerous times to cover up the lies that have been told:
We and the female journalist involved got off to a bumpy start but we sorted out our misunderstanding. We forgave each other and we’re on good terms, and we have been on good terms since then. Adam White did not bother to contact any member of the #AlitaArmy community that was involved, nor did he contact the female journalist whose name is Kylie Harringon. Kylie expressed her displeasure with The Independent on twitter. Here are links to her tweet and an archive of them:
Ms. Harrington did finish her story with the interviews that she got from #AlitaArmy members and she published it with The Wrap. It’s also on Yahoo! Here are the links to the article she wrote and the archive:
So far, the Independent denies my request to them that they retract their smear piece and clear our name of any alt-right affiliation. I would like for this horrible stain on the #AlitaArmy community to be wiped away. Thank you.
“What I think the Alita Army should do is keep peppering our family now at Disney and [let them know] how important it is to have another Alita movie and hopefully we’ll venture there one day.” – film producer Jon Landau
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