The Newest Stupid Complaint About Star Wars VII

The new Star Wars movie is anticipated by almost everyone. But, there have been some stupid controversies. Fox News stated that they dislike Star Wars for some reason. Ok, whatever. There have been complaints about the new cast. I have seen quite a few comments on online forums saying that the new Star Wars is just just pandering to the political correctness crowd by having a black man and a woman as the main characters. Never mind that the Original Trilogy had Lando Calrissian and Princess Leia as main parts of the cast. This time is different!

Now, there is a new controversy coming along the wires. Disney just announced that the adorable robot BB-8 is actually a female droid. And of course, the complaints have already started. Here is a few jewels that I pulled off Reddit and Facebook today:

Next it will be a gay Droid or a white or Mexican Droid. Lord help us if they make a “little People’s” Droid. Lol

Other people are a little more articulate about their concerns:

I think this is coming from Disney rather than anyone else involved in the Star Wars franchise. They feel like they have to appease the modern societal disease known as “political correctness”. It’s only a matter of time before people start talking about how machines have feelings too and get gender classification.

There is some concern about the future of the franchise:

In episode 9, a droid is going to have a gender swapping operation, then someone is inevitably going to compare the droids brave decision to the bravery of the Empires Stormtroopers, or maybe the courage of the Rebels.

Let me get ahead of this controversy. Star Wars has always given droids genders. Throughout the Original Trilogy the characters referred to R2-D2 and C-3PO with masculine pronouns. In the expanded universe material, the writers specified which droids had female and male programming.

Besides that, we have already had female droids in Star Wars. Here are some prime examples from the movies. Check their Wookiepedia page if you don’t believe me.

EV-9D9 from Return of the Jedi.

EV-9D9 from Return of the Jedi.

TC-14, the droid at the beginning of The Phantom Menace.

TC-14, the droid at the beginning of The Phantom Menace.

R4-P17, Obi-Wan's astromech droid in Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith.

R4-P17, Obi-Wan’s astromech droid in Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith.

FLO, the horribly annoying character in Dex's Diner.

FLO, the horribly annoying character in Dex’s Diner.


EW-3 midwife droid from Revenge of the Sith.

Everybody can just calm down. Star Wars has always had female droids, the only difference is that this time the female droid is a main character. Deal with it. Or just stay out the theaters and do not see the movie. I don’t care. I am excited to see BB-8 in action on December 18th.





2 responses to “The Newest Stupid Complaint About Star Wars VII

  1. I do not care if the android is female, male or neutral. They were before, as stated above. And the skin color thing? People really get hung up on that? Be nice to me and mine, i’ll be nice to you, simple as that. Skin Colors do not matter.
    But what did make me not want to see the movie after the trailers was the design of BB-8. The “Exhaust ports” on the Light saber i was willing to overlook, somehow. But who in his right mind designs a droid – a complex, potentially multi-purpose tool for varios conditions – like that? With a head that’s detached from the body but has to stay in contact with it at all times, and also on top of it, presumably? The technology involved on the inside of the main chassis to achieve that, combined with it’s moving mode (which i have *no* problem with), just makes any and all applications of the droid – extending probes for repairs, computer terminal interaction, etc. so much more difficult to achieve that i just do not see it happening. Even if there are no probes or openings on the chassis for anything, that still means building the whole body so that the head will always stay on top. I just mean.. why?

  2. Going to stay out of the theater anyway. I’ll wait for the DVD release just like every other movie. Probably. Waited this long; could wait longer. But, maybe some impatient relative or friend will insist I accompany them.
    But, you’re right. This is much ado about nothing.

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