movies matter | criticism by maryann johanson
Fri Apr 14 2017, 01:45pm | 3 comments
If little boys cannot see themselves in the characters in Star Wars: Forces of Destiny, they’ll just die, or something.
You have to wonder how the heads of these people do not actually explode.
Hey, lads, you had forty years of Star Wars pandering mostly to you. (Largely because it thought you were enough of a sucker to buy all that plastic crap, and you mostly were.) Fair’s fair.
It’s like he thinks that as soon as new Star Wars stuff comes out the old films stop existing. It’s all new to his kids, sounds like it’s actually him who has a problem.
I really like how Disney is marketing these stories as being just about “iconic heroes.” It wouldn’t be wrong of them to celebrate these characters as much-needed “female heroes,” but de-emphasizing their gender gives them the same universal status as Luke, Han, etc (who will never be marketed as “the male heroes of Star Wars”).
The implication here is that these characters are for everyone to root for and identify with, just as Luke and Han are for everyone, not just boys. If you’ve got a problem with the fact that these iconic heroes just happen to be women, then that’s on you.
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