I don't think you've done a fic for where Chancellor!Obi-Wan actually present the evidence and starts the corruption investigation?
Lmao, replying two months later. Here’s how it went down.
Obi-Wan closes his eyes and takes long, deep breaths. Breathe out negativity, breathe in the Force. Out negativity, in the Force.
The information he’s gathered so far should be enough to convince the Senate to start an investigation into Palpatine and Amedda’s dealings. Obi-Wan isn’t especially worried about that. No, what worries him, what causes emotions to release, is Anakin.
Obi-Wan knows Anakin won’t take this well. Not at all. He’ll most likely see it as Obi-Wan launching an unjustified attack on Palpatine simply because he doesn’t trust politicians.
Noah fence but it makes me incredibly uncomfortable when people talk about their non-human Star Wars OCs like they’re actual animals. Like yeah they’re your OCs and you can do what you want but it’s kind of messed up that you would dehumanize them and rob them of their sentience by treating them like they’re your pets or your other OCs’ pets. They’re still self-aware, conscious, sentient beings who are every bit as equal to humans except in some of their biological features.
I get that sometimes non-humans in the GFFA have words assigned to them that we associate with animals (such as young Chagrians being called larvae) but that’s only because that’s the best word to describe their biological and/or social structures so that we in this galaxy can understand them.
What’s worse is that speciesism is quite prevalent in the GFFA, and your non-human OCs would likely experience it. This is most often done by dehumanizing non-humans and referring to them as if they were animals or brutes. They are denied their sentience and it makes it easier for humans to oppress them.
I’m not telling you that you shouldn’t have cute nicknames for your non-human OCs or whatever, just think about what you’re saying about their sentience when you talk about them like they’re critters and not people.
“I want female characters to be allowed to be weak and strong and happy and sad-human basically. The fallacy in Hollywood is that if you’re making a "feminist” story, the woman kicks ass and wins. That’s not feminist, that’s macho. A movie about a weak, vulnerable woman can be feminist if it shows a real person that we can empathize with.“ -Natalie Portman in an interview for Elle magazine.
And so I begin this article with the aforementioned quote by Natalie Portman, who plays a character that fits her description. I place Padmé Amidala Naberrie above the legendary Leia because I feel that she is more complex and nuanced and because her story reflects how far we’ve come along as a society in our views of women’s roles-and how much further we need to go in our expectations of women.
Despite its place as the most controversial episode of the saga, The Phantom Menace was also its most progressive. Not just in Star Wars but in cinema in general. Despite the main cast being made up of actors of Caucasian descent, for the first time we witnessed more women and people of color populating the Galaxy Far, Far Away. In this time period, the Jedi Council was made up of mostly aliens-three of them females of various species and skin colors, presided over by two of the most powerful jedi on the council-an 800-year-old diminutive alien and a black man. The then-current chancellor (Valorum) had an Asian woman and a Chagrian as his top aides. A blink-and-you’ll miss her alien female bounty hunter and to top it off, a planet ruled by a warrior queen and her amazons (aided by a chief-of-security of African descent).
This may all seem irrelevant today, but for a then-15 year old sitting in a theater in 1999, it was exciting and exhilarating to see this on the big screen. Queen Amidala was groundbreaking not because she was the latest in a long line of pop culture action sheroes but because she bucked a disturbing trend: The Princess vs. Queen cliche.
You see, our culture has a long history of making princesses heroic and queens evil, whether it’s fairy tales like Snow White or The Snow Queen, classic books like Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, or movies like Enchanted, the queen has again and again been portrayed as an evil, cruel tyrant that needs to be overthrown and if she’s not evil, she is simply a minor side character who does nothing. Princesses, on the other hand have been continuously portrayed as good, kind and heroic. So because of this, most little girls (and even some grown women) dream of becoming a princess and not the queen. Even I made this mistake once.
But with the release of episode 1, I had noticed that Queen Amidala was a popular character among girls of all ages. Girls were talking about which dress was her favorite, websites were created dedicated to her and Natalie Portman. There were paper dolls and fashion dolls, Halloween costumes, t-shirts, action figures and even a makeup collection. And they were just as glittery and girly as anything in the Disney Princess collection. For the first and (so far) only time, the queen was more popular than the princess and every little girl wanted to be her.
Three years later came Attack of the Clones. Amidala is now a senator who is still serving the interests of her planet. But something about her has changed. She is no longer the young, duty-bound warrior queen of The Phantom Menace. No longer constricted by royal duties and royal dresses, she can pretty much do whatever she wants and now goes by her birth name Padmé. This Amidala is more open, outspoken and vulnerable, which is why she falls in love with the first suitor that comes her way. That suitor happens to be the volatile Anakin Skywalker.
Now this is where the unfair criticism starts. "How can someone so smart and strong fall for some insipid, whiny jedi apprentice?” people ask. Well it’s because all her life, Padmé has been sheltered and blocked off from forming any normal human relationships. At a young age she was groomed and trained for politics. At age 12 she became Princess of Theed. At age 14 she was thrust into the role of Queen of Naboo. She ruled the planet for eight years and did such a good job that the people wanted to amend their constitution so that she could rule another four years. All she’s ever known is political responsibility.She’s never had the chance for a normal childhood, adolescence or adulthood. And when it comes to boys and men, Padmé’s relationships never advanced beyond puppy love.
So here comes the handsome, brash Anakin who makes no secret his admiration for Padmé’s beauty and intelligence. And to make it worse he’s assigned to be her bodyguard, meaning she can’t get away from him so easily. The sexual tension was so strong, I fell in love with Anakin (and Hayden Christensen) when I first saw episode 2 in theaters (by this time I was 18). I couldn’t stop saying to myself over and over again how handsome he was.
“But what about the scene where he kills those Tusken Raiders, including the women and children? Why didn’t she reject him then?” some may ask. It may be because Padmé is a little bit of a fantastic racist. In episode 1 she had to overcome her prejudice against Gungans in order to win their help in the battle of Naboo. The difference here is that Gungans have a better reputation than Sand People: in the Lars family home scene, Cliegg is telling Anakin and Padmé about their reputation for violence against moisture farmers and the kidnapping of Shmi Skywalker. So Padmé already has a not-too-flattering viewpoint about the Tusken Raiders and she shrugs off Anakin’s slaughter of their camp. We, the audience, knows what a big mistake that was.
Which brings me to a vexing sexist stereotype: women don’t care about looks and would never fall as easily for a good-looking man (thereby ignoring his evil qualities and faults) the way a man would for a good-looking woman. Puh-leeze! All one needs to do is look up courtroom crushes on wikipedia or “draco in leather pants” on tv tropes to see that that’s not the case.
So after the events of episode 2, Padmé marries Anakin and they keep their marriage a secret for 3 years until he falls to the dark side. Meanwhile, Padmé gives birth to Luke and Leia and dies afterward. That brings me to another unfair complaint against Padmé: her loss of the “will to live” and the “abandonment” of her babies all because “her man” betrayed and force-choked her. I’d like to know if any of these fans believe in a woman’s right to choose, because as a society we can be pretty hypocritical about reproductive choice and motherhood.
When a woman first learns she’s pregnant, she has two choices: abortion or carrying the pregancy to full term. If she chooses abortion, we respect her desicion and look down on anyone who derides her for making that choice. But if she decides to carry the pregnancy to full- term, we expect her to jump into the “loving mother” role. Women who abandon their children are depicted as selfish monsters, the worse of the worst. But is that fair? Nine months is a long time and a woman’s circumstances can change in the blink of an eye. An expectant mother can start off looking forward to having her baby, then, once the baby arrives (and the postpartum depression or fatigue kicks in) discovers that child-rearing is not as easy as she thought it would be. It’s even tougher when the baby is born with mental and physical disabilities.
When Padmé first learned she was pregnant, she had a more ideal life. But as the Clone Wars came to an end, her world changed overnight. The chancellor she helped bring to power turned her beloved Republic into an Empire. Her husband turned to the dark side and some of her closest jedi friends were killed in cold blood. That’s bound to put some stress on a pregnant woman. So when she is physically assaulted by her beloved, it’s the final blow to her pysche. But did she die from simply losing “the will to live?” She survived long enough to go into labor and express hope that there was some still good in Anakin. That’s not the behavior of someone who’s given up on life. No, Padmé died because death is too powerful to stop no matter how much one wants to live.
And did she really abandon her children? She did not dump them in a trash compactor on Coruscant. She left them in good hands: Obi-Wan, Yoda and Senator Organa were there to make sure that the twins would be safe from Palpatine and Vader,who would have hunted down and killed Padmé and taken the twins anyway, had she lived.
So in conclusion, Padmé Amidala’s story teaches that women are only human-not superhuman. We should not expect them to be better or worse than men. Remember that the next time you watch the Star Wars saga.