Director J.J. Abrams recently spoke with IndieWire, and was asked about the backlash surrounding Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Abrams says he believes some of the hate comes from fans that are threatened by women:
“Their problem isn’t Star Wars, their problem is being threatened. Star Wars is a big galaxy, and you can sort of find almost anything you want to in Star Wars. If you are someone who feels threatened by women and needs to lash out against them, you can probably find an enemy in ‘Star Wars.’ You can probably look at the first movie that George [Lucas] did [‘Star Wars: A New Hope’] and say that Leia was too outspoken, or she was too tough. Anyone who wants to find a problem with anything can find the problem. The internet seems to be made for that.”
I am sure there are people like the ones Abrams described, I just don’t think they are the cause of the majority of the pushback again The Last Jedi. There are plenty of legitimate things not to like about The Last Jedi, without bringing sexism into the fold.
Since when do Star Wars fans have a problem with women anyway? Princess Leia set a standard for awesome female characters back in 1977. And she has been succeeded by other awesome women including Padmé Amidala, Ahsoka Tano, Mara Jade Skywalker, and Jaina Solo among many, many others.
For me, Admiral Holdo and Rose Tico severely lowered the standard set by their predecessors, they were just boring (it wouldn’t matter if their characters were male, they would still be boring, just look at Del Toro’s DJ), and after The Last Jedi, the same goes for Finn and Poe too. Rey and Kylo are the only new characters that are even mildly interesting for me, so it’s a good thing they survived.
I think J.J. is the one looking for problems where they don’t exist.
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