Ever wonder why Star Wars decided to make Mary Sue character Rey their main focus for The Force Awakens? Well, according to Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy it’s because male Star Wars fans don’t need to be catered to anymore.
Why is that? Because white males are the one group that one can take pot shots at without repercussions? And were males ever really catered too? The movies were mostly about swashbuckling adventures, a genre that has been in existence forever; one that attracted men and women (think Pirates of the Caribbean) .
In an interview with the New York Times, Kennedy addressed her decision to cast a female lead in her second movie in charge, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. “I have a responsibility to the company that I work with. I don’t feel that I have a responsibility to cater in some way [to those particular fans],” she said. “I would never just seize on saying, ‘Well, this is a franchise that’s appealed primarily to men for many, many years, and therefore I owe men something.’”
What kind of stupid logic is this? She says that she is responsible to the company (Disney) that she works for. Most people would assume that this responsibility is about financial success, but I am not so sure. But apparently not. She is deliberately ignoring the fans that made the franchise a success; more or less admitting that she is giving them something that they don’t want. Perhaps the responsibility that she alludes to is about being PC.
Here we have a tweet from one of the writers of Rogue One
@chrisweitz Ethnically diverse group led by brave women rise up against new threat from authoritarian regime led by old white men? Check.
This kind of give the game away, does it not?