Kelley Marie Tran Enjoys Watching Herself

One would think that seeing actors that look like yourself wouldn’t be an issue in a franchise that routinely showcases multiple alien species that look nothing like any human being on Earth.  One would be wrong.

Kelley Marie Tran who plays Rose Tico in The Last Jedi, was recently interviewed by Gentleman’s Quarterly (GQ).  Like her character, she rambles on about a variety of social justice issues, most of which were fought an won 40 years ago.

In it she answers the following question thus:

Rose is so real and fun to root for, and I would have liked her as a character no matter what, but it did feel like a huge deal to so many people that she was played by an Asian American.

You know, I sometimes wish we didn’t have to talk about this, and it’s not because I’m not proud of who I am; I’m really proud of who I am. But I wish the world was different. I wish there was equal representation across races, cultures, socioeconomic classes, gender identities, body types, abilities; I wish all people were represented—as writers, directors, producers, actors! I wish it wasn’t so rare.

But the fact of the matter is, as much as I wish the world was different, it’s not. I mean, you grew up in the same world I did. I never saw myself in anything, so I know how important this is. I also think it’s important to be working behind the scenes toward that change we need, and I’m definitely putting myself in a position where one day I will be part of that change.

By “real” I’m assuming that GQ means ridiculous.

Kelley Marie Tran should be warned though.  Enjoying watching characters that look like yourself is a cardinal sin among the SJW ignorati.  Behold Luke Giordano of medium.com as he stupidly writes:

The endless chorus of whining from Twitter eggs and YouTube commenters and the Trumpiest parts of the internet about how the agenda of Social Justice Warriors is infringing on popular media is so weak and pathetic, it’s incredible that they don’t see the irony of labeling others “cucks.” They get angry about the all-female cast of the Ghostbusters when the alternative was there being no Ghostbusters at all for the past twenty-five years. But I see the thought process. Something used to look like them and now it doesn’t.  

Kelley Marie Tran may have to report back to the Collective for re-education, because Like Giordano is not alone in his stupidity.  There have been many SJW diatribes published that recite some variation of the “backlashers hate The Last Jedi because the characters don’t look like them” talking point.  So from this, we know that enjoying watching people that look like yourself is a terrible thing to do, from an uneducated SJW point of view.

Rian Johnson Says TLJ Criticism Is Unfair, Mark Hamill Retweets Comments

Frank Pollata of CNN reports on an interview with Rian Johnson and Mark Hamill at the South by Southwest Conference.  I’ve written previously how it seems that Mark Hamill’s more recent comments have taken a turn against the fans, and here we get more of that.

What’s actually unfair is the effort to compare the criticism of The Last Jedi with criticism of The Empire Strikes Back as part of the larger effort to tear down the Original Trilogy, in a vain attempt to elevate the Sequel Trilogy, thereby making them both equal.  It’s vain because all one has to do is pop in the DVDs for both films and watch them, thus making any argument either way utterly meaningless.  The Last Jedi is no Empire Strikes Back.

But the argument is circling the internet anyway, and it’s always silly every time it’s repeated.

Granted, there was no internet as we know it now in the 1970s or 1980s.  But we didn’t live in caves.  We had communication.  We had fanzines.  We had Fan Clubs.  We had letters to the editors of Starlog and other publications.  We had telephones.  Heck, we even had internet bulletin boards in the 1980s.  You can watch the film War Games starring Mathew Broderick to get a sense of how that worked.  But more importantly, stars and directors received fan mail, through the old fashioned U.S. Postal Service.  Mark is old enough to know all of this.

But is the argument they’re honestly making here is that no one would know that The Last Jedi sucks were it not for the internet?  Even if that could be true, how would that be good for anyone?

Furthermore, those who have followed George Lucas’ career know that he’s always been a pretty good business man.  He produced each film with the profits he earned from the previous film.  So if The Empire Strikes Back were as poorly received as SJWs are now suddenly claiming when it’s convenient to do so, then Return of the Jedi would never have been produced.

The CNN interview continued:

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Mark Hamill recites the contents of his Twitter feed.

Thanks for telling us how we feel, Mark.  I guess psychiatry is a Force power now.  Why not?  Everything else is.

The only people I’ve seen feel entitled, are the SJWs who have been screaming their demands at Lucasfilm as to what kind of characters and actors ought to appear on screen and in print.

I understand that for Mark Hamill his time with Disney has likely been an emotional roller coaster ride.  So I’d like to cut him some slack here.

But at some point I’d like to think that Mark Hamill will be open to considering the possibility that the movie just isn’t very good.  Blaming the fans for not liking your movie is never good policy.  Particularly not the fans who defended Mark when they thought that Disney was mistreating him.

Fans Petition Lucasfilm To Replace Carrie Fisher With Meryl Streep In Episode IX

CAUTION: RUMOR

Babybitt reports:

Mark Hamill and Kennedy both revealed that Leia’s role in Episode 9 was planned to be hugely important and central to the ending of the Skywalker saga. Killing her off-screen simply won’t be acceptable.

This leaves the tricky task of recasting the role. A new petition online has already raised thousands of signatures for Meryl Streep to replace her friend.

It says: “As the fans of STAR WARS and Carrie Fisher, we really want Leia to shine in Episode IX and we certainly do not want her to be written out of the film abruptly without a reasonable plot. Therefore, recasting Leia is a more ideal option for us and we believe that Meryl Streep is an ideal candidate to play Leia.”

The two stars became great friends when Streep ‘played’ Fisher in Postcard From The Edge.
The movie was written by Carrie Fisher and based on her semi-autobiographical novel about growing up with a famous mother, Debbie Reynolds. Streep’s character Suzanne Vale was based on Carrie Fisher herself.

Who beter to bring the story of Leia to a fitting end?

The petition adds: “We strongly believed that she is the best hope for us to see the legacy of Carrie Fisher in Episode IX. May the force be with Carrie Fisher, Meryl Streep and Princess Leia.”

This is actually a fantastic idea.  I can’t think of a better way for Lucasfilm to rid itself of any remaining legacy fans than casting Meryl freakin’ Streep.  She’s absolutely guaranteed to say multiple stupid things on the PR circuit.  This could very well give the Star Wars franchise the merciful death it needs right now.

Just please, dear God, don’t put her in a gold bikini.

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What preposterous feats will she accomplish with the Force?

As of this writing, the petition stands at 7,831 signatures with a goal of 8,0000, and you can sign it here.  I did.

UPDATE:

Mark Hamill does not approve of recasting Princess Leia with Maryl Streep, as The Hollywood Reporter reports:

“I don’t know what the specific plans were for that character, but since Han was more prominent in VII, Luke was more prominent in VIII, we assumed that Leia would be more prominent in IX, especially with the dynamic of Kylo Ren being her son,” Hamill explained during a recent interview with Collider. “I think it would be tough recasting because she’s so indelibly linked to that character.”

He continued, “They’ve already ruled out the idea of computer generating her performance like they did with Peter Cushing, so gee, that’s got to be a really, not an insurmountable problem, but … I know the script had been developed enough so when we lost her they had to go back to square one. She’s irreplaceable as far as I’m concerned.”

Only one thing is for sure.  If Mark Hamill’s instincts are saying one thing, the fine brain trust at Lucasfilm is likely to do the exact opposite.

Rian Johnson Avoids Derivatives

Sean K. Cureton of ScreenRant reports:

Taking to his personal Twitter account, Johnson took the time to respond to the query of a Star Wars fan who was specifically worried that The Last Jedi would fall prey to far too many recycled plot points and imagery. Speaking in defense of himself and the motion picture he has poured his heart and soul into, Johnson replied with the following post:

“I’ve addressed it the only way I possibly can – by spending the past three years of my life making a film I do not think is derivative.”

So, just to be clear:

The First Order Vs. The Resistance is not derivative of The Empire Vs. The Rebellion.

The Praetorian Guards are not derivative of the Emperor’s Guards.

The Supremacy is not derivative of the Executor.

X-Wings Vs. TIE Fighters is not derivative of X-Wings Vs. TIE Fighters.

The AT-M6 is not derivative of the AT-AT.

Salt is not derivative of snow.

Captain Phasma is not derivative of the Cylons.

Canto Bight is not derivative of Carillon.

BB-8 is not derivative of V.I.N.C.E.N.T.

And Porgs are not derivative of Pikachu.

Any questions?

Hasbro CEO Gives 6 Excuses For Poor Toy Sales

Fortune reports:

The force wasn’t with Hasbro Inc. during its latest Star Wars merchandising push.

I keep reading that pun more and more these days.

Back in February, Chief Executive Brian Goldner from Hasbro was quoted as saying:

“I don’t see it as Star Wars fatigue,” Mr. Goldner said. “I feel like there’s great vitality in Star Wars.”

He was also quoted as saying:

“I remain totally bullish on Star Wars,” Goldner told TheStreet Monday at Hasbro’s annual toy exhibition.

Pointed out Goldner on a conference call with analysts, “And really I don’t see it as at all as Star Wars fatigue, I think the entertainment has been quite good.”

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A visual metaphor for the fate of the toyline.

But now, Goldner would like to list for you, all the reasons that Star Wars toys haven’t been selling.

Chief Executive Officer Brian Goldner says the company made an error by releasing toys too far ahead of the franchise’s most recent movie, “The Last Jedi.” That contributed to disappointing sales of the products during the holidays — a season that was already hurt by the bankruptcy of Toys “R” Us Inc.

“The fact that we began to merchandise the film in September and the film came out in December was just too long a period of time to sustain retail interest,” Goldner, 54, said in an interview. It didn’t help that lots of other toys were hitting around the same time, he said, “with an array of entertainment initiatives coming to market.”

So the excuses so far are:

  1. Releasing toys too early
  2. Toys R Us bankruptcy
  3. Other toys hitting the market
  4. An array of entertainment initiatives coming to market

It’s a good thing Star Wars toys never had to compete with G.I. Joe, transformers, or He-Man.

The article continues:

But when “The Force Awakens” came out, there was pent-up demand for all things Star Wars. It was the first film in a new trilogy, and fans lined up at midnight to snag action figures and lightsabers.

That strategy backfired in 2017 for “The Last Jedi,” the eighth episode in the saga. Hardcore fans still came out in September, but the momentum quickly faded. Sales of Star Wars toys unexpectedly declined last year.

UNEXPECTEDLY!

Hasbro’s overall revenue fell 2 percent in the fourth quarter, and its shares have lost 7.8 percent of their value this year.

Hasbro isn’t the only company that had a tough holiday season. Mattel Inc. saw sales plummet 12 percent in the fourth quarter — with girls’ toys, other than Barbie, performing especially badly.

So we also have:

5. Not the first film in a trilogy

6. Other toylines did poorly too

Note how “the movie sucks” doesn’t make the list.  Either does, “normal people don’t respond to Bolshevik marketing.”

Hasbro has another chance to reignite Star Wars buzz in the coming weeks. Merchandise for “Solo: A Star Wars Story” will roll out in early April. The movie comes out the following month, on May 25.

Good luck with that.

But not to worry Hasbro, as the wise sage Rian Johnson tells us, “Myths are not made to sell action figures.”