See, the thing that annoys me is that I plugged my ears every time someone said that TFA or later Rogue One was SJW propaganda. I stand by my opinion that the races or genders of characters doesn't matter. I feel like we need to take that stance or every time there's too many white male characters in leading roles people will be crying out "Privilege!" and "Patriarchy!" and on the other hand when there are women or non-white characters in leading roles people will cry out "SJW propaganda!" All of that nonsense makes me want to bang my head against my desk. I don't care if there's an all white Star Wars movie, an all black Star Wars movie, an all Asian Star Wars movie, an all male Star Wars movie, an all female Star Wars movie, or a mix like Rogue One. Plot, characters, action, music, cinematography - that stuff matters to me. The amount of melanin or the type of genitalia the actors playing the characters have is negligible.
That's why I wanted to give Disney et al. the benefit of the doubt. Shut up Alt-Righters - they can cast this movie however they want and all of the actors look fantastic. I didn't want to to believe their anti-white conspiracy theories! But how are the screen writer's attitudes not anti-white? They're basically saying, "Look at us! We wrote a story with white people as our villains!" If they took that attitude with any other race they'd be derided as a racist - and rightfully so.
It annoys me that this crazy obsession over such a superficial thing as race has to carry over into a galaxy far, far away. I liked to think that white supremacy was never a thing there. I didn't mind the anti-alien thing in the EU because it made the subject of racism be present without feeling preachy. Then again, maybe it's just the fact that it's 2016. I'm just so sick of the current political climate and the two shrill political cults we have in the West and I wish I had Star Wars as an escape (i.e. a healthy dose of sanity). And I very well might still. I don't think the screenwriters political views are going to apparent in the movie and, if they aren't, I'll forget all about it.
I'm not sure that the parallels with current events in the Prequels was intentional though. If it was, Lucas went out of his way to hide it. Here's a quote from Lucas:
|George Lucas wrote:
|I love history, so while the psychological basis of "Star Wars" is mythological, the political and social bases are historical. I like to take things and strip them down, then use the model and build a different story on it. You can put in a motif of Saturday-afternoon serials to make it relevant to kids of today, but the political situation of the Empire and the Republic -- that's a scenario that's been played out thousands of times over the years and that never seems to change much.
I had an interesting discussion when I was doing publicity in Europe for the final "Star Wars" movie. I was sitting around with a dozen reporters, and the Russian correspondents all thought the film was about Russian politics, and the Americans all thought it was about Bush. And I said, "Well, it's really based on Rome. And on the French Revolution and Bonaparte." It's shocking that these things get repeated through history. The same mistakes get made and the tension between democracy and tyranny is always the same. And we haven't figured out any way around it.
Even the Empire, while having clear Nazi influences, also had influences from the Soviet Union, and communism is at the opposite end of the political spectrum compared to fascism. For example, the arrangement of the Imperial troops when Palpatine arrived at the second Death Star was modeled after a May Day Parade in the Soviet Union. (Source: Lucas's commentary on the RotJ DVD). History has shown that both the left and the right, when taken to extremes, lead to tyranny. As someone who generally holds moderate political views, I liked that Lucas kept it vague. Heck, I've heard staunch supporters of the left and the right convinced that Star Wars is a parable told from their perspective.
Star Wars is a universal story that breaks barriers between time and cultures and I don't like seeing it co-opted to a very specific and very current political ideology. Politically, the original six Star Wars films are very pro-democracy, but that's about it.
Where sky and water meet,
Where the waves grow sweet,
Doubt not, Reepicheep,
To find all you seek,
There is the utter east.