Culturally Irresponsible Feminist Praises Gender Inequality

Nicole Lyn Pesce writes a piece at Moneyish entitled, Why ‘The Last Jedi’ proves that Star Wars’ future is female.  Apparently gender equality and equal representation are now passé. How culturally irresponsible.

The latest movie, which raked in $220 million opening weekend, is fronted by women – which is an affront to some franchise fans blasting it on Rotten Tomatoes and social media.

Actually, it’s an affront to no one given that women have fronted Star Wars for over 40 years now.  It’s amazing how many SJWs have to be told this.

The “Star Wars” galaxy has long been fronted by young, white men swinging lightsabers and piloting spaceships, which has built a rabid fan base over 40 years.

Actually, it was fronted by an ensemble.

Jedi-in-training Rey (Daisy Ridley), who inherits the hero’s mantle from original trilogy lead Mark Hamill/Luke Skywalker. 

What training?  She lectures Luke about what he’s done and why he did it as though she was there for it all.  Then she bests Luke in a lightsaber battle.  No training was necessary.  She already knew it all.

Two respected, middle-aged Rebellion leaders, including Carrie Fisher’s General Leia – she’s dropped the “Princess” – and Laura Dern’s Vice Admiral Holdo. Fisher literally smacks down cocky pilot Poe Dameron (Oscar Isaac) when he disobeys orders, telling him to “get your head out of your cockpit,” and Dern later shuts him down when he tries mansplaining her.

Given that Dern led all but a couple dozen or so Resistance fighters to their deaths, maybe she could stand to use some mansplaining.

In the original trilogy and the 2000-era sequels, you’d think that all of the powerful women in “Star Wars” were hidden in some galaxy far, far away.

No you wouldn’t.  Rather, you’d think that wars in the stars were predominately fought by men, just as they are on Earth.  You know, since the title of the franchise is Star Wars.

Yes, fangirls had Leia, a Rebel leader and sharpshooter with an even sharper tongue. But she was also dressed in a gratuitous gold bikini for a chunk of the third film.

She was dressed in the bikini for a portion of the 1st act of Return of the Jedi, and it was a reflection on the intergalactic gangster Jabba the Hutt who forced her to wear it.  Maybe someone could create a believable gangster who might forcibly dress women in a gender neutral fashions, but I doubt it.  And what about Amidala?

“Carrie Fisher told me, ‘I would have liked to have had a lightsaber,’ and while she was happy to strangle Jabba the Hutt, she didn’t want to be in that metal bikini while she did it,” film critic and comic book writer Ethan Sacks told Moneyish. He’s also been a diehard fan of the series since seeing the original in 1977, when he was 4.

She was in captivity.  It’s not like she could pause the ensuing battle and ask Jabba, “Can you hold on while I get into something less comfortable?”

“I realize as I’m raising a 13-year-old daughter, who I’m trying to make as nerdy and geeky as I am, that when I was a kid, there were no action hero role models for girls in movies that weren’t R-rated,” he said. Sigourney Weaver’s “Alien” franchise and Linda Hamilton’s “Terminator 2” weren’t exactly family-friendly. “And I’m sure a lot of it had to do with the fact that studios were run by men, and they were hiring directors that were men.”

Except for these:

And of course there was Colonel Deering, and Athena from Battlestar Galactica.  And Capt. Shane Vansen from Space: Above and Beyond.  Captain Janeway from Star Trek.  Doctor Helena Russell from Space:1999.  See what happens when you let the past die?  You end up not having any idea as to what you’re talking about.

While “The Last Jedi” audience demographics haven’t been broken down yet, the filmmakers credited the film’s inclusive casting with drawing more than $220 million in tickets over the weekend. “The results speak to the power of representation,” Disney distribution chief Dave Hollis told the Associated Press. “The film really reflects our world and beyond. It becomes something people can see themselves in, whether they see themselves in Rey or Finn or Poe or Rose or Captain Phasma. They can relate to all those characters.”

So what do they credit the waning ticket sales after the successful opening weekend to?  Or the near total disinterest in China?  Or the waning toy and merchandise sales?

This diversity has helped divide the fanbase, however. “The Last Jedi” has scored a 93 out of 100 among critics on Rotten Tomatoes – but audiences have given it a dismal 57 rating on the site. 

The diversity has done nothing of the sort, particularly given that Star Wars has always had diversity from the beginning.

There’s some evidence that trolls are skewing the numbers with bots automating the bad reviews to sink the ratings. ComScore/Screen Engine’s audience exit poll, which surveys moviegoers in real time, reported “The Last Jedi” earned an 89% overall positive score and a five-star rating from moviegoers, in comparison.

Actually there’s zero evidence, since anyone can create a Facebook account and claim anything.  It’s just as likely that those who made these claims were activists attempting to cast suspicion on the low score at Rotten Tomatoes, particularly since Rotten Tomatoes has confirmed that no hacking has taken place.

“The Last Jedi” is not a perfect movie, and there are many fans, male and female, tweeting their disappointment from issues that have nothing to do with the female cast, including plot holes and a lengthy 2-hour, 32-minute runtime.

But then there are tweets like these:

Yes, but note how the tweets are attacking feminism, not women.  Do you understand the distinction?

Some fans also flipped online three years ago when John Boyega was cast as a black Stormtrooper in “The Force Awakens.” He wrote, “Get used to it,” in an Instagram post.

No.  They didn’t.

And audiences are going to have to get used to women going where “Star Wars” men have gone before. “They can’t just sell to white boys and expect to make $220 million on opening weekend – and they shouldn’t,” said Sacks. “Some people don’t like it going in a different direction, but you can’t placate people who have a problem with a female Jedi, a black Stormtrooper and a Hispanic pilot.”

Maybe.  But then, nobody has a problem with any of that.  It’ll be interesting to see the box office results for Episode IX, which may have to be carried entirely by these new characters without any legacy characters carrying the load.

HOLDO

Commanding the Resistance to its doom.

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