Wired – There is a scene in Star Wars: The Last Jedi—I won’t say too much, but you’ll see it yourself—where a young Asian woman does a brave, selfless thing to help the Resistance. It’s a very sweet, very Star Wars Hero Moment, but it’s also an important one. Los Angeles Times film writer Jen Yamato called out its significance for fans of color on Twitter, noting “films like these leave their mark on entire generations—representation matters.” She woke up the next morning to a stream of mentions telling her to “stop making everything about race.” Her reply? “I hope you all enjoy the new Star Wars.” The implication was obvious: They won’t. The Last Jedi isn’t here to appease the old guard.
And that goes for both categories of reactionaries—the Star Wars fan upset that the franchise’s heroes now include (::clutches pearls::) women and people of color, and the misogynist, racist, classist, dark side of the populace that’s always been present, wielding power in one form or another. In themes and plot, The Last Jedi asserts again and again that monolithic dominance isn’t good for anyone. The movie isn’t here to Make the Galaxy Great Again. It’s to tell the stories of the people who want to actually fix it.
Full Story: ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Will Be Too Inclusive for Some People. Good.