JJ Abrams: Star Wars Will Include Gay Characters, Get Over It

J.J. Abrams: Star Wars Will Include Gay Characters, Get Over It

Star Wars will be an inclusive franchise and its future will include gay characters, according to JJ Abrams, speaking earlier this week at the Oscar Wilde awards at Bad Robot Productions.

The Daily Beast noted that as The Force Awakens has been the first film in the franchise to utilise black and female leads, Abrams' plans for inclusivity also extend to homosexual characters as well. "When I talk about inclusivity it's not excluding gay characters. It's about inclusivity. So of course."

This is a big step for the franchise, and it's something that's long overdue for the franchise. The inclusion of gay characters is an addition to the worldview that simply recognises how a part of the world identifies itself.

It's a recognition that will no doubt be the start of a micro-Twitter-tempest with the charge that Star Wars has given in to politically correct culture, while missing the point that despite the millions of alien species, worlds and languages, additional sexual orientations might exist in a Galaxy Far Far Away somewhere.

Homosexual characters have already been featured in the Star Wars universe; through Paul Kemp's novel Lords of the Sith in the form of Moff Delian Mors, and in Chuck Wendig's novel Aftermath through Sinjir Rath Velus and Esmelle Wexley. Wendig noted that it's a growing trend in science fiction and comics:

You're starting to see it more, obviously, in the larger narrative properties. Comics are just starting to figure out that that [LGBT men and women] exist in the world, and you can include and incorporate them in stories and speak to those people, and speak to audiences who may not have been spoken to before.

Indeed, you can draw earlier parallels from Star Wars's Expanded Universe, where authors described plenty of human and alien couples, without comment.

How these couples and relationships will be portrayed in upcoming films remains to be seen, but while we don't think that Finn and Poe will be a couple, hopefully we'll be surprised.

[Daily Beast]


Comments

    In my opinion diversity for the sake of marketing is worse than no diversity at all.

      Perhaps C-3PO will become transgender, and start his/her own Tumblr blog.

      Agreed. Think back to the original trilogy. How many relationships portrayed were there? Apart from Han/Leia, none that I can think of. Why? Because it's not relevant to the story. Don't include gay or alien/human couples, just to show diversity, without adding something to the plot.

      In the OT, there probably were gay ewoks, Admiral Ackbar and a human might have been a couple, and maybe Chewie had the hots for Luke, but it's not shown because it's not relevant.

      JJ Abrams trying to say that his trilogy is inclusive, is stupid, because the OT could have been inclusive too for all we know. Just simply didn't show it just to prove it was.

        Did you read the story or did you just not get the meaning of it?

        They are saying that LGBT BECOME part of the story, not just on the sidelines.

        Also I believe you mean romantic relationships, rather than relationships in general.

    I don't care one way or the other, get over it!

    Anything that destigmatizes LBGT so that we move towards a world that says "hey, you know what, I don't care what you are, what you do with your life, it is your own business, just be who you want to be" is good. As we are not there, especially in Russia, Iran, Australia! Then maybe a bit of a nudge from the biggest movie franchise on the planet will help,

      Very well written, the world WILL be a better place when everyone hates less and loves more.

    Sure lets turn movie franchises into promoters of Social Justice. Because we just don't get lectured enough already.

      Movies have been used to raise social justice issues for a long time. You've just not paid attention. It's only when you've been told that it's happening that you're up in arms about it.

      Doesn't the Dark Side of the Force stand for Social Injustice?

    Oh great... here comes another Jar Jar Binks!

    serious?
    i don't want or need starwars to be a platform for gay equality.

    Just gimme a good stars wars flick without the politics.

    I really have no issue with any kind of diversity being portrayed in a sci-fi universe, I just think the headline sets off to be confrontational and dismissive of any possible argument, which is totally unnecessary.
    Consider how the following headline would be received if JJ wanted to include other groups/lifestyles that everyday-people identify with. For example:

    JJ Abrams: Star Wars Will Include Neckbearded Hipster Characters, Get Over It

    JJ Abrams: Star Wars Will Include Bible-thumping Christian Characters, Get Over It

    JJ Abrams: Star Wars Will Include Burqa-clad Muslim Female Characters, Get Over It

    JJ Abrams: Star Wars Will Include Door-knocking Jehova's Witness Characters, Get Over It

    JJ Abrams: Star Wars Will Include In-Your-Face Vegan Characters, Get Over It

    Just some food for thought.

    Last edited 29/02/16 1:59 pm

    Well about time.

    When i was watching the original starwars i was thinking, "Great sci-fi movie! but it would have been better it they had some gay characters in it to help highlight a lack of gay diversity in the galaxy"

    contrived, contrived, contrived.

      It will only look contrived, if it's not done well. I don't know anyone who argues "the gay characters in game Of Thrones are so contrived!" "Oh they are just adding these in for marketing purposes" Even if it's just alluded to it will make a powerful statement.

    Of course it will. Promoting homosexuality has to be part of everything these days. No surprise there.

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