You know when people say that bullshit “why can’t two guys just be friends anymore? Why is there always a forced gay agenda?” And I’m sat here like “bitch literally EVERY SHOW has Hetero male friends. WHERE is the gay?”
I would like to discuss the character assassination of Poe (and Leia by proxy) one more time, as I have just talked to a friend who is a casual viewer and saw the movie yesterday, and said that Poe was so arrogant, chauvinistic and unlikable that he became her least favourite character after Kyle, which just utterly broke my heart.
Poe had been introduced in BTA and later TFA as such a wonderful, groundbreaking character: sure, he was the best pilot in the Resistance and he knew it and was rightly proud, but he was never arrogant about it. Instead, we met him as a great strategist and team-leader beloved by his squadron, and as an overall friendly, open, humble and good-natured person with great people skills who immediately understood he could trust this scared, deserting stormtrooper; who refused to call him by a number like some object and offered him a name instead; was constantly positive and encouraging towards Finn during their escape; always knelt down to BB-8’s level when talking to them instead of talking down; in the comics told C3PO to stop submissively calling him ‘Master Dameron’ when it was he, C3PO, who was a war hero people should respect.
It was also established that Poe’s greatest heroes and inspirations are his mother, ace fighter pilot Shara Bey, and Leia Organa.
So to hear now that Rian Johnson has taken this wonderful character and turned him into a reckless, arrogant macho stereotype caricature who won’t take orders from female superiors just breaks my heart so much.
Also although the scene is subtle so some may miss it, Leia and Amilyn Holdo absolutely do joke among themselves that although Poe is a troublemaker, they still like him and keep him around because he looks good.
Which… is just so disgustingly vile, disrespectful and objectifying and something the real Leia, who was good friends with Poe’s mother and who knows how brave, competent and loyal to her Poe is, would never ever say.
The fact that Rian Johnson thought it would be hilarious to have two white women in positions of power make sexist, degrading jokes about their subordinate who is played by a latinx actor (with the latinx community facing so much objectification and hypersexualisation in the media all the time already, and the fetishization of Poe and his suffering being such a huge problem in the SW fandom itself!) just boggles my mind. But I guess nothing about the extent of that man’s racism should surprise me any more at this point.
The only way I might have excused Poe’s sudden personality transplant would be if they had explained it as him suffering from PTSD and trauma after being held captive and tortured by the FO and Kylo Ren. But of course what her son has done to him never comes up between Leia and Poe - instead she slaps and stuns him for good measure.
I’m just so unbelievably sad because I don’t know how JJ Abrams could retcon this and make it right and bring back the Poe we know and love. Maybe with the PTSD angle, if done right, but I’m not sure…
Just watched Th Last Jedi. We got no Stormpilot. It was all just a big bait. I’m so sad and angry at Lucasfilm and Disney. There is nothing that shows Poe and Finn will get together. They fricking made Finn kiss a girl. So tired of them playing with us :(