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“…I’m doing more than fine.”

I’ve never made a gifset before so excuse the shittiness of it, but man, out of everything he said in that last video, this one spoke to me the most. We’re all doing fine. I could go in depth about how this community has changed me, and how much I love seeing what you guys make, and jesus christ, just how much positivity radiates from our little nook on tumblr, but I think the big thing is that I’m just so proud to associate myself with you guys. 
@markiplier

(i hope you guys don’t mind if I tag you, I just thought I would reach out to some of my favorite jims)
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Warning: Long post.

Let’s talk about this “bridal carry” scene. I put bridal carry in quotation marks because usually when people get bridal carried they’re awake and aware of it, and also usually it happens right after they’ve got married, not been violently chased down and restrained, but that’s neither here nor there. I want to talk about Finn’s reaction.

Finn himself says that his only purpose in the eyes of the First Order is to fight, but it’s more than that – he wasn’t just raised to fight, he was raised to kill. His role as a Stormtrooper was to murder people, often innocent people like in the opening scene on Jakku, in cold blood and without giving it a second thought. Finn, like every other Stormtrooper, was raised in a very deliberate way that would rid him entirely of empathy or any sort of moral compass. The First Order conditioned him to not know that murder is immoral or that slaughtering innocents is bad. But he managed to figure it out. By himself. He had one (1) encounter with the First Order inflicting death upon innocent civilians and he realised that murder is unethical. Bear in mind that Finn was raised like that since birth – he had no context, no frame of reference, that he could judge that incident on Jakku against. He had no life experience before his life as a Stormtrooper to call upon to know what’s right and what isn’t. He saw the brutality of the First Order one singular time, and he knew it wasn’t okay.

Finn’s sense of right and wrong is completely skewed by the First Order. There’s even a joke made about it – the one time in the movie when he says he’s doing something “because it’s the right thing to do” (in reference to helping Poe escape in the TIE fighter), the joke is that he was lying, and that he’s acting in pursuit of his own interests. He lies to Rey about being a Resistance fighter to keep himself safe! It’s not because he’s a bad person, it’s because he’s been conditioned to not understand that deception is unethical! There are only two times before the “bridal carry” scene when we see Finn really come to the conclusion on his own that something is objectively wrong. One is the scene on Jakku when he decides he won’t kill for the First Order, which is a conclusion that a lot of people would come to in that specific situation regardless of conditioning, and the other is on Takodana when he realises that he was wrong to deceive his friend and admits that he was lying to Rey.

Then we have this “bridal carry” scene, a scene which practically mirrors the Jakku scene. In both scenes, he is initially complacent about the situation at hand. At the start he is blindly following orders, and here he’s preparing to escape to the Outer Rim to avoid taking part in the fight, content to let it go on without him. In both scenes, he witnesses the brutality of the First Order – the slaughter of the villagers, and the destruction of Hosnian Prime – and in both scenes, he witnesses Kylo Ren specifically doing something that he recognises instantly as being not an okay thing to do – the murder of Lor San Tekka, and the kidnap of Rey. In both scenes, this spurs him into action. At the start, it causes him to team up with Poe and escape the First Order. Here, it causes him to break out into a fully-fledged sprint across an active battlefield, throwing down one of his weapons as he goes, in a futile attempt to rescue Rey from a situation that he immediately recognises as unsafe and not okay.

Let me be explicitly clear here. Finn, a character who thus far has mostly only come to the moral conclusions of “killing isn’t very nice” and “lying to your friends is a big ol’ no no”, spots Kylo carrying Rey off in what y’all have described as a ~romantic bridal carry~ and understands in an instant that she’s being taken against her will into a situation that she needs to be rescued from in order to keep her safe from harm. (I mean, let’s be honest, if Kylo really was being so nice and gentle to her, why would she go to such great lengths to escape?)

Again, let me be clear. In order to view this “bridal carry” as romantic, or tender, or whatever the hell else, your sense of morality and ethics has to be more skewed, more fundamentally flawed, than that of a character who was raised from fucking birth to not understand the difference between right and wrong, who was indoctrinated from infancy into being emotionally fucking bankrupt. You have to have a more damaged moral compass than that guy.

Honestly, fuck r/eylo.