Thursday, 7 April 2016

Female Star Wars Lead Angers Anti-Feminists

Today the amazing new trailer for the next Star Wars film 'Rogue One: A Star Wars Story' was released and was met with both positive and negative reactions.

For those that are happy about the film 'Rogue One' is something to be excited for.  Set before the events of 'A New Hope' the film follows a group of rebel soldiers as they try to steal the plans for the original Death Star.  It will be telling a smaller story than 'The Force Awakens' that focuses on the soldiers of the rebellion rather than the generals and the Jedi's.  It will be recreating the visual aesthetic of the original trilogy.  And Darth Vader will be returning to the big screen.

However, some people have an issue with what they've already seen, namely the fact that the lead character is a woman, and that the supporting cast includes people of colour.

Many took to social media to complain about the fact that the series is embracing a female lead for a second time and wanting to promote diversity in it's cast and characters.

As a fan of the Star Wars series, and not just limited to the films, I think that the new film looks amazing and the cast look fantastic.  The Star Wars universe has been full of amazing female character for years, whether it's Leia, Mara Jade, Bastilla Shan or Ahsoka Tano the series has always had strong women involved.

But apparently having two Star Wars films in a row that have a woman at the centre of the cast is too much for some 'fans'.

Well, then you're not really fans are you?  You might think lightsabers are cool, or think that a Wookie would be great to hang out with, but if you're against diversity then why are you into Star Wars?

Whether it's the Rebel Alliance in the original trilogy or the Senate and the Jedi Order in the prequel trilogy the heroes of these films have been about different genders, races and species coming together and overcoming adversity.

The Empire is about putting humans on top.  They make aliens second class citizens, they have slavery.  They're the ones who don't want diversity and equality.  And that's you.

If you feel that a cast that has a female lead and people of colour in the cast has 'ruined' Star Wars for you, good, because it means Star Wars isn't for you.  You're the Empire, and like the Rebels, us Star Wars fans don't want you around anymore.


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