artisanal film reviews | by maryann johanson
Tue Jan 05 2016, 04:28pm | 11 comments
Gotta love their excuse: Including Rey would have spoiled the film. As if somehow a figurine of her in an action pose gives the player instantaneous knowledge of everything she does in the movie. By that logic, Finn and Kylo Ren (ESPECIALLY Kylo!) should have been excluded too. Oh, and Luke and Vader, for anyone who hasn’t seen the originals. Maybe replace them with objects that won’t spoil the film, like, hmm, a tophat, a car, a wheelbarrow?
Women, apparently, must be excluded from merchandising at all costs. AT ALL COSTS. No matter how lame the excuse. Fuck Hasbro.
Perhaps she had the sense to play a real boardgame that’s designed to be fun, rather than to make a propaganda point in favour of single-tax. If this drives Star Wars fans to play X-Wing Miniatures or Imperial Assault or, dear Lord, even Star Wars Risk rather than Monopoly, I’m all for it.
Hasbro’s explanation is the height of bullshit. Vader isn’t even in the fucking movie! SPOILER –> Luke is barely in it.
Now they’re adding her in. Hooray for the Internet.
What I find encouraging is that even on the Entertainment Weekly website, which is pretty much a haven for trolls these days, more than 75% of the commenters are saying: Of course Rey should be in the game. She’s the main character.
Or perhaps an up-to-date version of Queen’s Gambit.
I want a Star Wars Chess set with Rey and Kylo as Queens and Resistance Pilots and Stormtroopers as pawns. Make it happen HasBeen.
I have to admire the publicist at Hasbro who came up with this spin on the story:
Apparently, they didn’t give in to the massive public outrage. They were just trying to be nice to a sweet little girl.
“…This is not a women’s issue. It’s about representing the hero of this film,” she said.
If the hero of the film were male, he’d already be represented, and it wouldn’t be an issue at all. Damn right it’s a gender issue!
I have my doubts that letter was written by a child…
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