Billy Dee Williams Reveals Gender Fluidity

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Star Gender Fluidity

CBR.com reports:

Billy Dee Williams, the 82 year old actor who first portrayed Lando Calrissian in 1980’s Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back, recently acknowledged his gender fluidity in an interview with Esquire. “I say ‘himself’ and ‘herself,’ because I also see myself as feminine as well as masculine,” he said. “I’m a very soft person. I’m not afraid to show that side of myself.”

Williams, who will be reprising his role as Lando in The Rise of Skywalker, the last movie of the Skywalker saga, spoke with Matt Miller of Esquire. The actor mentioned that despite Lando’s charm and the many doors that it opened not just for him, but for other actors of color, the more memorable pehttp://cbr.com/tag/star-wars-the-rise-of-skywalkerrformance of his career was his role as Gale Sayers in Brian’s Song, a 1971 Emmy-nominated telefilm about two football players who were roommates and best friends. “It was a love story, really,” Williams said, clarifying the subtext. “Between two guys. Without sex. It ended up being a kind of breakthrough in terms of racial division.”

Now, I might argue that a love story between two guys could be a bromance, or a story of brotherly love.  It doesn’t necessarily have to be homosexual in nature.  Ultimately, who knows what Billy Dee really meant, as he’s always been a very eclectic fellow.

But it will be interesting to see if this “revelation” has any effect on Episode IX box office, in the same way that Glover’s declaration of Lando’s pansexuality may have had on Solo’s opening weekend.  But either way, you can be assured that the legacy media will be playing this up as much as possible before the release in December.

Wahmandalorian Bait & Switch Coming?

On this blog I’ve speculated that the Mandalorian may be replaced with a Wamandalorian at some point before the end of the first season.  My initial suspicion was that both Gina and Pedro would take turns wearing the armor, and let their adversaries believe that it’s only one person.  This would give the production a hackneyed opportunity to lecture the audience about equality.

But if these 4 CHAN leaks from a purported keygrip on the show are true, then it’s worse than that.   Behold:

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I have not been able to locate the original 4 CHAN posts however, so salt intake is advised.

UPDATE:

A commenter on this blog just stated the following below:

Just watched ep 4 of the Mandalorian. There weren’t other Mandos at the village. Strike one. He doesn’t try to go into hiding and is then found. He just leaves at the end. Strike two.

Thanks to InsolentGaylord for the tip.

 

Fallen Order Actor Jokes About “Ginger Hate”

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A civil rights pioneer for hair of color.

Cameron Monaghan isn’t too fond of anti-gingites.

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segmentnext.com reports that the actor attempted to play off this tweet as a joke after deleting it.

The Actor took the matter to Twitter with a statement that reads:

Gotta love that there are insecure dudes out there who can’t handle playing as a redhead. Seriously, ginger hate is still a thing? We’ve gotta be one of the only groups left where it’s not taboo to shit on us for being born of looking a certain way, right?

But that tweet appears to also be deleted now.

He then put out another tweet stating:

“Twitter can’t take a lighthearted joke”.

That tweet has also been deleted.

Cameron would be well advised that this sort of virtue signaling only works within the collective if you’re a designated grievance group.  Phosphorescent red-heads are not included in the Collective’s inclusivity policies.

Clownfish TV comments:

Thanks to Gug21 for the tip.

Darth Vader Disses JJ Abrams

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Not a fan of mystery boxes.

Fans may know C. Andew Nelson as the actor who played Darth Vader in the Special Editions, and a several Lucasarts Star Wars video games.  But according to Wookieepedia, this Lucasfilm alumni has many other accomplishments to his credit:

He spent six years at LucasArts Entertainment Company where he was a VFX supervisor and senior artist. Nelson’s credits at LucasArts include Star Wars: Dark Forces, Star Wars: Rebel Assault II: The Hidden Empire, Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire, Star Wars: Jedi Knight: Dark Forces II, Curse of Monkey Island, Star Wars: Masters of Teräs Käsi, Star Wars: Rogue Squadron, and Indiana Jones and the Infernal Machine.

Nelson left LucasArts in 1998 to join the effects team at ILM where he was a compositor, rotoscoper, matte painter, and texture artist. His work at ILM includes Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace, Galaxy Quest, The Adventures of Rocky & Bullwinkle, The Perfect Storm, Jurassic Park III, The Time Machine, and Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones.

Mr. Nelson has a thing or two to say about JJ Abram’s filmmaking over on his Facebook page.

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Rian Johnson Lectures About His Own Lack Of Self Awareness

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Rian is bored.

Apparently, Rian thinks that there is something wrong with hating him.

comicbook.com reports:

Of course, with any discussion of Rian Johnson Star Wars discourse isn’t very far away. He recently said on the ReelBlend podcast that he was thankful for the vocal distaste for The Last Jedi. All that negative feedback gave him some things to think about in the long run.

“In terms of the bad stuff, I’ll tell you it’s interesting. That’s been one of the really healthy things for me about the past couple of years, is getting exposed to it,” Johnson began. “Before I made The Last Jedi, I had never had anyone hate me on the internet. If during the course of a year I got one negative tweet I would go into a panic. I’d be like ‘Oh my god, someone out there doesn’t like me. I need to fix this!’ The thing is though, I am really really thankful. Because what that meant is that my sense of self-worth was attached to the notion of everybody liking me online. And the fact that this process has made me, out of survival, disconnect from that.”

Johnson would also add that the experience fundamentally changed how he interacts with negativity on social media. In fact, it made those interactions better.

“And also it’s given me a more realistic view of the system that is social media. There’s a lot of great, genuine interaction that goes on,” Johnson continued. The bad stuff, the systematic trolling, the almost gamified abuse that some people devote their entire online presence to; honestly, once you’ve seen enough of it, you see the pattern of it. It just sort of gets boring after a while. It doesn’t even give me that little negative ping anymore. And I don’t think it’s even my skin growing tough. It’s just I’ve put in perspective. I realize this is kind of a byproduct of this social Twitter system. There’s going to be some degree of people where this is their hobby, basically. So overall I found it made me adjust to social media where I’m seeing it and using it in a healthier way.”

Rian, that bad systematic gamified pattern is called the Geeker Gate.  And it’s the SJWs who are the bad faith bad actors with bad takes who invented the Geeker Gate and give fandoms a bad look.  But yes Rian, Star War is a hobby for some people.  Has been for decades.

The “Lost Script” Narrative Falls Apart

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JJ looks to devouring the DCEU after Star Wars is behind him.

Recently I wrote about the amusing anecdote JJ Abrams was telling about the script for Episode IX being stolen and leaked on eBay.  I felt the story was potentially a lie because in one version JJ says it was taken from the actor’s home, but in another version JJ says it was taken from the actor’s hotel room.

Then I wrote about how John Boyega admitted that it was him who lost the screenplay on Good Morning America.

To me, the story stinks of being made up, because of the questions it elicits.  Did this occur at Boyega’s house, or did this occur at Boyega’s hotel room, since JJ claimed both in different versions of the story?  What happened to the individual that stole it? Did they pay the eBayer to get the script back?  How much?  Were charges pressed?

It turns out, John Talks is also skeptical of this story.  He was able to find an article that talked about how JJ Abrams banned actors from even taking scripts home from the set of The Force Awakens.  From metro.co.uk:

Star Wars director JJ Abrams is so strict on security for the new movie The Force Awakens he banned actors from taking their scripts home, leaving them limited time to learn their lines.

Abrams has hired his best friend, actor Greg Grunberg for a role. And Greg said: “We got our script pages, only the scenes that we were in. Not even what was being shot that day.

“It was all on red paper so we couldn’t copy it or take a picture of it. And then we had to give the script pages back at the end of the day. And we didn’t get them the day before to take them home and learn them — Carrie Fisher and I were talking about it several times, like, ‘This is crazy. An actor does not get to prepare on this movie’.”

If he had that policy then, it’s unlikely that he wouldn’t have that same policy now.

I think John Talks is right in that this is an ill-conceived marketing stunt.  But I also think it was designed specifically to fabricate the notion that the public is still ravenous for any Star Wars production information, when in fact I believe that those days are over and behind us.

 

E.K. Johnston Loses Her Marbles Over “Dudes”

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Johnston listens to an army recruiter about signing up for selective service in the name of equality.

Readers of this blog may recall Star Wars author E.K. Johnston who was harassed by Reylos for daring to reject the Kylo Ren character.  As a result, Ms. Johnston has some virtue signaling ground to make up with the Collective, and the Mandalorian presents the perfect opportunity.  Ms. Johnston screeched on Twitter:

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Huh.  Who would have thought that a franchise with the word “wars” prominently displayed in its title would be filled with “dudes?”  Maybe because its “dudes” who predominately fight wars?

Thanks to True Tanker for the tip.