Judging by the trailer, there aren’t enough white men in the Rogue One: A Star Wars Story - and the internet is pissed.
When the trailer for the newest addition to the Star Wars franchise dropped on Thursday, it caused some Star Wars "fans" to freak out because of its leading character, a rebel named Jyn Erso, is a member of the fairer sex. Shock horror!
Played by Felicity Jones (The Theory Of Everything), Erso leads a mission to steal plans for the Death Star before the Emperor takes over, and while some are pumped at seeing another woman in a leading Star Wars role, some others are less happy - and wasting no time making this known.
After the horror fans had to endure seeing Rey (Daisy Ridley) take the lead role in The Force Awakens, two female leads for the series is apparently too much to bear.
Erso's rapsheet includes forgery of imperial documents, possession of stolen property, aggravated assault, and resisting arrest. But some of the more conservative (read: misogynist) fans are concerned that her being a vagina-owner will turn the franchise into Twilight, or a Disney princess movie. And you really can't beat that logic.
I mean, what if Erso gets her period and gets super emosh – cause, you know, PMS – and refuses to fight? After all, she's "reckless, aggressive and undisciplined" probably because women are frail, hormonal creatures.
@SuperheroFeed yeah, rub my lightsaber— Abuelo (@deffisaxel) April 7, 2016
Is literally every new star wars going to be some feminist propaganda? Jesus, this looks terrible. https://t.co/tBJLtLWoYZ— Mac Tíre (@Mac_Tire_) April 7, 2016
WTF is up with Rogue One - another WOMAN as a lead actor? Why are they forcing SJW bullshit down our throats?— Roy Fokker (@RoyFokker1) April 7, 2016
After the watching The Force Awakens and the new Rogue One trailer, I wonder if Disney is turning Star Wars into a feminist movement— Tyler Rende (@tylerende) April 7, 2016
@CNN So all Star Wars movies now have a female lead? Disney trying 2 pad bottom line? Because sure, most rebellions have females in charge.— Our World is Nuts (@OurWorldIsNuts) April 7, 2016
@OurWorldIsNuts, if reality is what you're concerned about in a "space opera" frachise, I think you're missing the point. But one of the most inappropriate tweets came from New York Post columnist John Podoretz:
Podhoretz has since deleted the comment, and later tweeted a weak, non-apology to fans, saying that his tweet had been meant as a joke. Suuuuuure. Also, has he seen the previous six movies? Cause as far as I can tell they're all dude-centric (Princess Leia's gold bikini slave scene aside).
Obviously, the assumption that Rogue One will somehow be worse just because of another female lead is absurd – but with great female characters come great, big, whiny complaints. A female lead didn't stop The Force Awakens from making box office history in the US, or near-universal praise from critics and fans alike.
Men's rights activists, eat shit.
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story hits theaters December 16.