Sexists are Complaining That the New Star Wars Trailer Pushes a Feminist Agenda
When "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" hit theaters last December, we were blown away by Daisy Ridley's character, Rey. Finally — finally! — we got to see one of the biggest franchises in pop-culture history led by a complex, badass woman. And good news! It looks like that progress isn't just a one-time fluke. The recently released trailer for "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story" also features a strong heroine front and center (this time it's Felicity Jones as rebel Jyn Erso).
Take a look:
But not everyone is as pumped as we are to see "Rogue One." Twitter was filled with people complaining that "Star Wars" is pushing some sort of feminist agenda. (News flash: Women like "Star Wars," too. Chill out.) We could embed a bunch of tweets that would just make you sad and angry (sangry?), so here's a sampling that basically gets the point across:
— a (@wrksout) April 7, 2016
Gross. Apparently, there are still some folks out there who think that the franchise should be a boys' club only—even though, last time we checked, having a female lead certainly didn't make "The Force Awakens" suffer at the box office. In an interview with "Good Morning America" about "The Force Awakens," J.J. Abrams even acknowledged the false perception that the movies were only for guys — as well as his hope for the franchise's reboot going forward: "I was really hoping that this could be a movie that mothers could take their daughters to...So I'm looking forward to kids seeing this movie and seeing themselves in it and see that they're capable of doing things they could never imagine was possible."
Hear that. So, we'll see you at the theater in December when "Rogue One" comes out.
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