The only two things that Star Wars fans seem to be able to agree on these days is that The Mandalorian is awesome and Baby Yoda is a national treasure, so it’s not too surprising that there would be some good-natured “backlash” aimed at the two guys who slapped the poor little guy around. The internet mock-exploded with fake rage after the identity of the actors portraying the two Stormtroopers was revealed, and Sudeikis even got the business from his former partners in comedy, the legendary improv troupe Second City. Its official Twitter account responded to Sudeikis’ transgression by posting, “The Second City does not condone the punching of Baby Yoda by alumnus Jason Sudeikis. Please respect our privacy during this difficult time.”
Sudeikis’ Wikipedia page was even edited by fans to reflect his status as a Baby Yoda puncher, although that edit has since been removed (via ComicBook). We’ve got to admit that it’s more than a little refreshing to see a Star Wars-related internet backlash that is 100% tongue-in-cheek and Pally in particular seems to be milking the situation for all the comedy it’s worth.
At that TCA presser, the funnyman prompted guffaws from those in attendance by defending his punching of Baby Yoda, implying that as cute as he might appear onscreen, the little brat kind of had it coming. “The truth is that Baby Yoda is a bit of a diva,” he said. “Just constantly vaping.”
Thanks for that hilarious mental picture, Mr. Pally. Hopefully, there will be no further Baby Yoda abuse when the second season of The Mandalorian premieres on Disney+ in October 2020.