I make it no secret that I vehemently dislike “The Last Jedi’
The movie is an abomination to everything that came before it. I refuse to call it Star Wars, it’s a bad fan fiction that spits in the face of the fans who loved it, and the creator who made it. The usual low energy and go-to response for my dislike of TLJ is that I don’t like the movie because it’s diverse and exemplifies a female character. I got news for you. I love women, and I write female characters all the time. My two books coming out next year, ‘Sway’ and ‘Sins of the Fae’, are chock full of empowered women. The difference, however, is that there’s no agenda and I write characters first and everything else is tertiary. Identity has nothing to do with how my characters act or their worth in the story itself.
Even on a ‘feminist and diversity’ level, ‘The Last Jedi’ fails miserably.
Let’s check the boxes shall we.
Finn – Disney had a chance to make this an awesome character. He had a great introduction. Everything changed for him when he was sequestered into an assault group of Storm Troopers, and forced to kill. This made him come to grips with the scarlet savagery of his own reality. Maybe he had only practiced before then, but seeing someone bleed and die in front of him, made him question everything. There were so many ways they could have gone with this character. A reluctant warrior turned Jedi, an ace fighter pilot in training, anything..and what did they choose? A former janitor turned comic relief that serves to imprint on Rey and follow her around like a wounded duckling. Yay?
Leia – They emasculated and diminished Luke Skywalker’s character to the point of being unrecognizable to even the actor, Mark Hamil, himself. Who said in an interview that this is not Luke, this is someone else, this is Jake Skywalker. I bring this up, because in order to do this they had to turn Luke from a hero to a zero. Okay, well Luke wasn’t a hero by himself, he had help..you know Han..and oh I dunno, LEIA? By destroying the legacy of Skywalker and making everything in the first trilogy moot, you destroyed her legacy too. Leia, has in effect been written as a failed: mother, wife, general, senator, ambassador and sister. Leia had more agency, power, and character dressed in a golden bikini and serving the whims of an alien slug.
Rey – I keep hearing that Rey’s story is internal, that her conflict is unseen so her development is deeper or some other bull-skype. Look, I know what the Heroine’s journey is, and it still requires that Rey fail in order to reconcile her feminine and masculine sides. Rey never fails, she has no sign of psychological, physical, or spiritual impairment of any kind. She went to see the Dark Side Mirror and it was so bored all it could do is show her versions of herself. She wants nothing, she fears nothing, she loves nothing and she is nothing but an ‘anything you can do, I can do better’ signpost for angry women to hold up. I think she is the worst role model you could have, if only because she teaches that only the absolutely perfect can be a hero.
Rose Tico – This character is written as a fan-girl. She dotes on Finn for no reason and inexplicably risks her life for his when she has no proof or evidence that he will do anything at all useful. She’s literally a fill-in for diversity and what ticks me off about it, is that they had a much better actress and possible character
That brings me to our little publicity stunt
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Page Tico is the sister of Rose Tico, she is unceremoniously killed off in a contextually stupid scene involving the worst designed spacecraft possibly ever, a horribly choreographed and composed action sequence, and of course ‘your momma’ jokes. Effectively, Paige Tico is killed off to give rose a ‘call to action’, an indelible moment that she cannot return from. There are two things hilarious about this in a metatextual sense.
- Paige Tico is basically ‘fridged’. Which is a term feminists made up to describe a woman character who is killed off to give another hero, usually male, a reason to be a hero or fight in her honor yada yada yada. So a trope/literary term feminists created to insult said practice, has been utilized to make a more diverse feminist character? By your woke combined, I am Captain Feminazi!
- Veronica Ngo, who plays Page Tico in TLJ is everything Disney wants in diversity and feminism and they made her an extra. Want to know more? Read below.
Veronica’s family moved to Norway but she wanted to be an entertainer and thought her best shot was in her native country, so she moved back to Vietnam. She quickly caught on as a model, then starred in movies, which lead to a singing career for a while, and all of that was parlayed into becoming a screen-writer, director, and producer in her own company. She’s a gorgeous, self-made martial artist/movie mogul/entrepreneur who at 41 years of age looks young enough to be a plausible sister to Kelly Marie Tran.
It’s also worth noting that Ngo Thanh Van has more movie-making, writing and producing experience than the entire Disney Star Wars team, combined.
A female, non-white, slightly older woman who rocks. Men and women alike would have dug her combination of looks, acting talent, and charisma. Disney and Rian Johnson could have made her a new Jedi, a flight squad leader, an archaeologist, a mandalorian, anything. But instead, they deigned her worthy of being fridged for Rose Tico and her contribution of nonsense.
A possible conclusion is that Disney believed Ngo would become a star and demand more money, and thus be outside their control. If true, then they don’t want a smart, savvy, entrepreneur to be a role model. They want young girls who don’t know any better, have no collateral, confidence or previous experience to back up their decisions. They want someone they can control. A fresh out of college, or in the biz kid who will do what they say, look how they say, and rise and fall at their whim.
Wake up people. Disney doesn’t want diversity, they just want to placate you with more bread and circus.