While LGBT characters are at an all-time high on the small screen, LGBT advocates bemoan the fact that their sexual perversion still lacks adequate representation with leading roles in major Hollywood blockbusters.
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, the franchise’s latest installment, appears to be no exception.
Although the latest “episode” of the sci-fi classic boasts the property’s first-ever homosexual kiss, rabidly leftist critics whine that the blink-and-you’ll-miss-it moment is not enough representation.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the film features a celebration scene in which two female members of the Resistance (the i.e. the good guys, for those unfamiliar with the nine-part saga), considerably minor characters in the film, share a kiss.
However, since the kiss was not a major focal point or the fruition of the hoped-for “romance” between lead characters Finn and Poe Dameron (pictured below), LGBT fans are rather underwhelmed with the fanfare the “history-making” kiss is receiving.
“In the case of the LGBTQ community, it was important to me that people who go to see this movie feel that they’re being represented in the film,” director J.J. Abrams said in an interview with Variety.
Still, Abrams says he had no plans of giving fans the Finn and Poe perversion they were crying out for.
”That relationship to me is a far deeper one than a romantic one,” he explained. “It is a deep bond that these two have, not just because of the trial by fire in which they met, but also because of their willingness to be as intimate as they are, as afraid as they, as unsure as they are, and still be bold, and still be daring and brave.”
According to Entertainment Weekly, some who have seen the film at press screenings ahead of its release this week are taking Disney to the woodshed over being so timid with LGBT representation.
“Star Wars: Rise of Skywalker follows Avengers: Endgame by gesturing vaguely at LGBTQ community with split-second shot of women kissing, claims film has queer representation,” said one writer:
Star Wars: Rise of Skywalker follows Avengers: Endgame by gesturing vaguely at LGBTQ community with split-second shot of women kissing, claims film has queer representation https://t.co/y4x7qPhOei
— Hannah Woodhead (@goodjobliz) December 18, 2019
“Rise of Skywalker – two ladies kiss in the background of some scene. Avengers: Endgame – random guy in grief counseling says he went on date with a dude Beauty & the Beast. LeFou dances with a guy for like 3 seconds sO pRoGrEsSiVe!,” complained another:
Rise of Skywalker – two ladies kiss in the background of some scene
Avengers: Endgame – random guy in grief counseling says he went on date with a dude
Beauty & the Beast – LeFou dances with a guy for like 3 seconds
— Jeff Widman (@jeffwidmanmusic) December 18, 2019
“Being a lifelong Star Wars fan, any representation is an exciting prospect. It doesn’t seem like they are committing to it, though. Disney has to make a decision. These 2-second cameos are enough to anger conservatives, but they aren’t enough for us…” wrote yet another commentator:
Being a lifelong Star Wars fan, any representation is an exciting prospect. It doesn't seem like they are committing to it, though. Disney has to make a decision. These 2 second cameos are enough to anger conservatives, but they aren't enough for us…
— Link Niskanen (@AGoldenPolaroid) December 18, 2019
What’s seriously lacking in these criticisms of the supposed “under-representation,” however, is an acknowledgment of the fact that the latest Star Wars trilogy is virtually absent of any romantic plotline. With the exception of a brief, awkward, seemingly insignificant kiss between Finn and Rose, a supporting character, the entire saga is woven from platonic relationships among men and women fighting shoulder-to-shoulder for their lives and liberties. So, why on earth should Abrams be strong-armed by the LGBT mob into injecting a contrived same-sex romance in the series’ final film?
Because “inclusivity,” that’s why. Cohesive plots and creative license be damned (to say nothing of values and morality!) when you’ve got an insatiable mob to placate.
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