Jewel Queen from The Mary Sue writes a piece entitled, The Inclusive Illusion of Star Wars: The Last Jedi.
In it she writes,
Except that absolutely no one decried that. It was a completely fabricated controversy.
This too is a completely fabricated controversy. No one is decrying the increase of women in Star Wars media. Rather, what some fans are decrying instead, is the injection of the pure idiocy of feminist ideology into Star Wars media. That’s an important distinction to make. I explain that in greater detail here.
But that’s one of the primary problems we find in SJW psychopathology. They instantly react to anything they dislike by calling it racist, sexist, misogynist, xenophobic, homophobic, etc. etc. etc. They do this whether or not the word actually applies, and indeed, whether or not they actually have an understanding of the definition of the word they’re using. It’s actually really interesting to study this particular behavioral aberration.
You’re one of the very few feminists who has been able to see this. I’d highly recommend reading articles by Erin White from Afropunk, and Lelanie Seyffer at Hypable, to learn more about your forbidden point of view.
When The Force Awakens came out, Rey was a shining light for female fans of Star Wars. While Rey was not the first important woman in the franchise, she was significant in being one of the main protagonists like Luke and Anakin.
Well, that’s part of the feminist misunderstanding of Star Wars right there. There was never a main protagonist. The Star Wars films were ensemble pieces:
It was heartwarming to see Rey have agency andhumanity. However, The Last Jedi strips these elements from her. Rather than the focus of Rey’s arc being on her Jedi training and character development, Rey is relegated to attempting to make Luke Skywalker return to the Resistance and trying to “save” Kylo Ren, even if he shows no signs of remorse.
It’s amazing how nonsensical and ridiculous things that can be contrived in a screenplay, isn’t it?
The issue here is that the story focuses more on how Luke feels about his past failures, and Kylo’s “reasons” for turning against Luke. It does not give any consideration to Rey’s emotions and choices, and even when it does, it is very weak.
Do we really need to learn about Rey’s emotions in a war movie?
It is? How many times has a female lead excused a threatening and violent white man just because of his tragic backstory? I mean, specifically. What specific instances are you referring to. I’m asking, because I know that you composed that sentence thinking that it sounded wise, while not having any idea as to whether or not it represents an accurate reflection of factual reality.
The situation worsens as Rey goes on a suicide mission to save “Ben Solo.” Rey speaks of how she saw a vision of Kylo’s future in the Light Side, but we are simply told instead of shown. Even in the throne room sequence, Rey’s decisions are not at the center, as the big twist is Kylo choosing to kill his master, Supreme Leader Snoke.
Feminists always have to be at the center of everything.
That’s because Rey’s not a compelling character that can be expanded upon in any genuine way.
Fighter pilots do sometimes die in battle.
The damage grew worse with Finn’s treatment. Despite getting an injury so painful it put him in a coma, Finn wakes up, bangs his head, and walks around in nothing but a bacta suit on in his first scene, all for comedic relief. He’s demoted from a protagonist to side-character throughout his seventeen minutes of reduced screen time.
How are the SJW activists working in the Lucasfilm Story Group going to accomplish that exactly?
I don’t think anyone understands what they were doing all along.
You mean like Lando Calrissian, from 38 years ago?
It’s what needed to happen, so that Holdo could teach him a deeply stupid feminist lesson.
You’re starting to think like a normal person.
It kind of makes you wonder why so many feminists think this film passes the worthless Bechdel Test, doesn’t it?
Rey’s job is to sway Luke, then Kylo, to her side. Rose has the job of teaching Finn something he already knew. Holdo exists to make Poe listen to women. And what about Leia Organa, who only hours ago lost her husband and, by the film’s conclusion, her brother? Leia is put in a coma after her Shooting Stars sequence, and no insight is given into how she feels, nor does she get to make meaningful decisions.
Well, the women in charge made the decision not to gas up before they left, which led to two days worth of failed missions and all but a dozen or so Resistance soldiers to their deaths. I’d say that might be meaningful.
But this was feminism on screen. That’s precisely why it was so incredibly stupid.
Admiral Holdo is killed off to complete Poe’s character arc. It’s quite telling how one of the most memorable shots of the film is a woman sacrificing herself after she’s outlived her usefulness to the story.
When did Holdo have any usefulness?
Rose is left in a state of limbo at the film’s conclusion, and it’s implied that there might be a competition between her and Rey for Finn’s attention, because how feminist is it to have two women fighting over a man, right?
Actually, folks are thinking that Rose is going to get Jar-Jared and dropped from the narrative almost entirely. But really, who cares either way?
This is probably news to Rian Johnson and Kathleen Kennedy, who worked so hard to bring you their diversity fashion show.
You can see what would happen if everyone was a part of Star Wars here. Seriously though, Star Wars could never properly be about everyone. Because everyone doesn’t fight in wars. And that’s what Star Wars is about; war. Hence the “wars” in Star Wars.
But the men who called Rey a Mary Sue had a legitimate point too.
They’re going to repeat many mistakes, because Lucsfilm no longer employs wise storytellers. Rather, they employ naive political activists instead.
I’m willing to bet that most fans don’t give a hoot about Rey, Finn, Poe, Rose or Holdo. But only the box office for Episode IX will tell us for sure.