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.
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.