A couple of years ago, Anita pissed me off. She commented on StarWars. Although my opinion of some of the actors (cough – Mark Hamill – cough) have changed, the original trilogy was some of my favourite movies as a kid. I grew up when George Lucas produced the first three films and seeing a sword-wielding knight fighting the forces of evil with the magic of the ‘force’ has always had an impact on me. In fact, one of my ideas, which I am calling Tales from the Three Cities, has a superhero who was initially inspired by the Jedi, though he went through many, many edits over the original conception. When Anita first reviewed The Force Awakens, I was pissed. She said, why is there always a revolving history between the fight for good and evil. Anita doesn’t understand storytelling at all. She doesn’t understand the power of myth and legends, where good opposes evil. I thought, if she doesn’t understand there is a dark side, she might be a part of that ‘dark side’ of tyranny that forces people to be something or else, like feminists insist we must be feminist or else we don’t care about women or women’s issues.
Last week she put out yet another ‘StarWars’ video, and this time it was how sexist StarWars is. Yeah, StarWars is sexist, and you need to point it all out.
Here’s the full video.
First, I know the attempts at humour. It’s so cringy that I couldn’t help but laugh at Anita. She seems one of those hapless baboons that hopes you find what they do funny. I kind of weep that her video passes for creativity in 2017 (Hey SJWs, your current year argument is just as useful to us). It’s just a non-government funded propaganda piece that wants to instil how sexist and racist StarWars is. I wonder if that is why, despite the video being up on YouTube for five days, it only has 13k views to it, and I know at least 3 are mine, to watch it first, then to formulate my arguments against it second, and meme mining as the third part of the process.
Yeah, so nothing major here. While Anita acknowledged that Leia Organa (Princess Leia) plays a huge part of the original trilogy, she is still bitter about the ‘Bikini’ thing. She is so hung up with the ‘male gaze’, despite the fact gay men check each other out just as much as heterosexual men check out women, and lesbians check out women.
In one paragraph and one example, we can thoroughly debunk the ‘Male Gaze’. First, we see that women can ‘sexually objectify’ both men and women as much as any man does, Hillary Clinton is a prime example of this, but men are primed to be sexually enticed by visuals, while others the right whisper can drive them wild. In fact, what really drives my gears is hearing those dirty little things that gets me going more than the visuals now. We’re oversaturated the market with visuals of sexy women now, with everything from Victoria’s Secret to Pornhub that I find the right thing said in the right voice is 10x sexier than any visual now. But hey, I’m a writer and that might just be my fancy.
Her next argument is the whole – only three other women talked in the original trilogy for a total of 1 minute and 2 seconds, other than Leia Organa. Well, first you are assuming R2D2’s gender. Sorry. . . I had to do that.
Second, of the 1 minute and 2 seconds of entirely secondary characters, and you do understand what a secondary role is right, you only played a total of 18 seconds of that dialogue in a 5-minute video. You took away from those women’s agency by shortening their clips. (Okay, okay, I’ll give Anita the benefit of the doubt, fair use requires her to keep those clips short.)
And then you go on and on about how the vast majority of people in the StarWars films are men and not women. If the movies were called Star Journey, where 5-6 friends were travelling the stars in a galaxy far, far away, I would go – yeah, it should be around 50-50 in representation, because that’s called an adventure. My adventure webcomic that I am creating will have your perfect gender balance Anita, two male heroes and two female heroes, and each will be critical in certain parts of the story, and the two women will have many conversations that are not about men so that it will pass the Bechtel test.
But complaining about the gender ratio about a war film is wrong. In most war rooms, the majority of people making the decisions and relaying those orders are going to be men, because men are the primary protectors of our culture. Men will use their bodies to fight for a culture’s way of life to protect the future generation, and it’s a biological trait that men should engage in because it helps us grow as people, instead of being selfish and self-absorbed, which I would assume you would consider ‘toxic masculinity’. I consider war the perfect way for a man to express his best self because he is protecting his fellow soldiers, his country and those he cares about, that self-sacrifice is the greatest love a man can show, that he is willing to give his life for his friends.
So going on about your stupid argument, for every 39 men in StarWars, there is only one woman of note is just ridiculous. Thirty-nine men are practising the most enlightened way a man can be, to protect his friends and those he cares about and for freedom, and you complain that this is sexist. With the number of deaths in all the films, it is pretty much the epitome of reality, despite the force and being in a different galaxy, because 97.7 percent of all combat deaths are men.
As you said, it was never about gaming, it was always about social justice, vindicating every one of your critics, your new war against Hollywood is just as ridiculous. That is why only 13k have watched your video. You’re a forgotten fool of an era that no longer needs a con artist. Your lack of credibility is why your funding drives are 30k, instead of 200k now. Nobody cares, and you’re just an idiot that people keep track of to see what the fuck you have to say now.
Well, all I have to say, Anita, may Kek be with you on your journey, because the force is weak with your video.
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