“Omg I can’t believe that you’re reducing Rose to a love interest for Finn, like I as a ____ am so offended you would use this Asian woman this way plus if you love Rose so much why don’t you ship her with Kylo, oh that’s right it’s because you’re just using Rose to prop up your white ship, also I nver remember you being this excited about Jessika Pava. Racist!”
Ok Becky, I’ll bite. :)
Shipping Finnrose like crazy ≠ reducing Rose to a love interest. First of all, this idea that love interest - which is but one capacity a character can serve in a story full of multiplicative capacities - is a fallacy. That the ship is such an integral part of someone’s excitement for Rose does not necessarily mean “reducing” her. If so this leads to all sorts of complicated hypocrisies that antis don’t want to deal with - for example is the emphasis on Finnrey reducing Finn or Rey as love interests? Which one comes off worse in the hierarchy of injustice? Certainly I’ve been critical in the past of explicit linking of Finn’s worth and importance to the white lead or of treating Rey as a prize that goes to the one who “deserves” her, especially if either is done in conjunction with a holier than thou attitude. I think we all agree that that would qualify as reducing someone to a love interest. In absence of that and similar lines of thought, the charge of “reduction” makes no sense.
Second of all - it’s fucking shipping. The point is to put two characters in a relationship. I don’t know if you’ve noticed or just collapsed the differences, but one character is already established and the other is not. So excuse us that not everything is teeming with Rose Tico meta at this point. We’ve been given enough to be intrigued by the possibility of Rose and the TLJ promotion has literally been throwing Rose x Finn in our faces. The material is what is linking her and Finn together strongly, not us forcing or incessantly zeroing on some imagined connection that isn’t a big deal. It’s pretty clear it’s a big fucking deal.
Third of all, LMFAO at the idea that not shipping Rose with Kylo is a double standard. As if you chumps wouldn’t be on our asses if we did. Yeah I’m sure the part of the fandom that has spent the last almost two years scolding us for shipping the heroine with the evil white boy and not the black hero that she is “clearly” paired with would tooootally be cool if we shipped the Asian heroine with the evil white boy over the black hero she actually really is clearly paired with, because that certainly would never been seen as problematic by you lot, amirite?
Last I checked those two characters had nothing to do with each other.
And fourthly, Jessika Pava is a minor character with 30 seconds of screentime who’s name is not even uttered in the movie - yet still she’s liked well enough for most in fandom to know her name and feature in some crack ships.
Close but no cigar, antis.