From the moment Star Wars fans got our first look at
"He doesn't eat them, I guess, to be fair. That's a small recompense for those poor
Seeing the way fans responded so intensely to the animals made the anticipated reaction to that scene seem even worse.
"It was always there," Johnson pointed out. "So the instant we introduced the
Many social media users were appalled at the thought of the adorable creatures coming into any sort of danger, but science actually has an explanation for the violent reaction to the animals.
According to Professor Oriana R. Aragón, one response to something cute is "playful aggression," a reaction that equates to seeing an adorable baby and claiming "I could just eat you up." Aragón told The Verge, "There is a strong response to
Aragón also posits that the brain responding to stimuli that cause an abnormally positive feeling might lead to this playful aggression, similarly to how when someone is incredibly nervous, they have a hard time controlling their laughter.
“My guess would be that people are… playing on that initial impulse to exclaim something about wanting to eat [them up], and taking that impulse to the next step for effect,” Aragón explained. “I do not think people are actually wishing that this is a new source of protein.”
If you found yourself getting into heated debates about whether or not
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[H/T Entertainment Tonight]