lkeke35 replied to your post “darth-tantrum-wife: lj-writes: darth-tantrum-wife: Just a…”
What kind of world do we live in, where people don’t understand basic literary tropes, like who the protagonist and antagonist are in a story? Has our education system gottne that bad?
I think it’s more the long-term conditioning that makes people unconsciously relate to and empathize with white characters but not characters of color. In TFA, the male heroes are Black and Latino and there are no white good guys under 60 – that doesn’t compute for a disturbing number of fans.
(And before anyone says what about Will Smith, onetime highest grossing actor in the world? When does fandom embrace Will, other than old Fresh Prince memes and a small number of Quinn/shot shippers (and even with Quinn/shot, how many are actually shippers and how many just say they are when they appear racist)? Will is not a fandom darling, which is pretty sad, considering it essentially downplays the trail he’s blazed for Black actors in Hollywood sci-fi and fantasy.)
But yeah. Vader made sense as a villain because two of the heroes were young white guys. Who was even thinking about Vader like that? (Not nearly as many as Rey/lo fans want us to believe.) Viewers need main characters they empathize with to take them on an emotional journey. If they are not able to empathize with the heroes due to long-term conditioning, they attach their emotions to the villain and believe, fully, that they are the real protagonist.