While I am always glad to see people recasting Padmé and Leia as Asian women, black women, Latina women, Pacific Islander women, and so on, and I understand why people recast these characters, there’s always a part of me that feels something isn’t right when the recast is not Jewish women. Both of these characters are played by Jewish women, and it always feels to me that a recast of any type should be Jewish women.
And, to address it before it is brought up, black Jewish women exist (Kat Graham, Lisa Bonet, Kali Hawk), Latina Jewish women exist (Rachel Ticotin, Veronica Schneider), Asian Jewish women (Karen David, Romi Dames) exist.
When I look at these things, it often makes me question if I’m looking at something that says that Jewish people aren’t a minority. This isn’t even touching onto Jewishness as an ethnicity or Jewish people as conditionally white, two things that I am not remotely able to speak about as someone who is not Jewish (I’m a Catholic of Filipino descent). Yet, it always feels off to me.