Say hello to Obi Wan Kenobi's Black Daughter!



You will not have to look very hard to find political correctness run amok in the new Star Wars movie. Luke Skywalker and Han Solo are returning, but nearly all the new actors added to the series are Black and Hispanic and/or female, suggesting the diversity police were working overtime on this one.

1) First is a character who is reputed to be Obi Wan Kenobi's black daughter, played by Maisie Richardson-Sellers. Now, I suppose it's possible Obi Wan Kenobi had a Black girlfriend on Tattooine, to help him through those cold desert nights, and perhaps had a child with her, but I think they could have found easier ways to create a Black character than having one be Obi Wan's daughter.

2) Second is the very first black stormtrooper in the entire history of Star Wars, played by Black actor John Boyega. We've never seen Black stormtroopers before either, although I suppose it is possible too.

3) The lead rebel pilot is Poe Dameron, played by Guatemalan actor Oscar Isaacs. Starting to see a pattern here?
4) The leader of a band of African alien pirates is played by Lupita Nyong'o, an African actress. Ok, African alien pirates, I get that.

5) The lead "Chrome Stormtrooper", now called "Captain Phasma" is played by Gwendoline Christie, the very masculine looking actress who plays Brienne in Game of Thrones. Female stormtroopers? Really????
6) Daisy Ridley plays Princess Leia's daughter. I suppose it's possible that, having a child, Leia could easily have a daughter, and not a son, ok.

In fact, individually, there's nothing eye raising about any of these picks, except maybe for the female stormtroopers. But when you look at them in a group, the results defy the random laws of possibility and make it very, very clear that one group is being clearly excluded: white men. In fact, the only major character who is a white man is the villain, Adam Driver.
With so many actors of one race it starts to look a little like a parody film, like "Blacula" was a parody of Dracula movies.

I wonder how the formula for these quotas are created. Why is it, for example, that the Hispanics get only one major role while the African Americans get three? Are Black actors three times as disadvantaged as Hispanic actors, in the eyes of Hollywood? There are actually more Hispanics in America than Blacks; doesn't Disney want a Star Wars cast that "looks like America"? And why are there no Asians? Unless they were all blown up on Alderaan, there is no reason to exclude them. Why is it diversity to include Blacks and Hispanics, but not diversity to include more Asian and White men?

And are there any actors who have undocumented immigration status? Is Gwendoline Christie's character supposed to be transgendered? If they're going to do things by counting skin color and checking off various boxes, these are all things we need to know.

I miss the old days when actors weren't chosen based on race but rather purely on who was right for the part. James Earl Jones was the perfect voice of Darth Vader, and he happened to be Black. (Lando Calrissian, by contrast, was very clearly picked for his race). But in the original Star Wars films if Governor Tarkin, the Emperor, C-3PO, and Yoda had all been Black and Luke Skywalker had been Puerto Rican, it would have looked a lot more like Michael Jackson's satirical "The Wiz" than Judy Garland's "The Wizard of Oz".



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