a concept: early relationship klance when they haven’t told anybody yet. they make sure they always sit in front of each other so they can have their daily lovey-dovey glances even from a distance. but this results in them getting distracted a lot when the others are speaking, so shiro has to reprimand them sometimes.
“guys are you there with us?”
*jump off their seats* “uh..? yeah yeah we’re listening shiro! you were talking about keith’s eyes…i mean the spies….in the castle…yeah that.”
“well…whatever you’re doing, at least you aren’t arguing anymore”
and keith and lance basically just…get back at what they were doing having this huge dorky smile on their faces because they’re still very ecstatic about the fact they’re actually dating and can’t help but feel above the clouds a lot.
There are such terrible double-standards when it comes to fandom
judging Jyn Erso. What provokes sympathy in other characters seems to be
grounds to crucify her.
Cassian being in the fight against the
Empire since he was six years old makes him tortured and in need of a
hug. Jyn being in the fight against the Empire since she was eight years
old, up until the time the leader of her extremely militant cell
abandoned her, is roundly ignored. Cassian’s past as a child soldier is
sympathetic; Jyn’s, apparently, doesn’t matter in the face of her no
longer being one.
Jyn keeping her head down against Imperial
Banners while working as a criminal and persistently causing trouble for
the Empire - enough to land her in Wobani - is a sign of privileged
cowardice. Bodhi keeping his head down by choosing to work for the Empire as a cargo pilot, accepted enough he can work under his own name too (whereas Jyn had
to run) is a sign of a poor sad past. Bodhi’s complex motivations in a
desperate situation are acknowledged and give depth; Jyn’s anger and
survival instinct in a desperate situation are a cause for hatred.
being inspired by Galen Erso to risk certain death, by defecting and
join the Rebellion, is a sign of his inner goodness. Jyn being inspired
by Galen Erso’s to risk certain death, by joining the Rebellion and
going on a suicide mission, is… nothing, apparently.
grieving over her father dying in her arms is being too emotional and an
unwanted stop to the action. Baze grieving over Chirrut dying in his
arms is a moment of poignancy despite the firefights around them. Baze’s
emotions are an accepted part of him; Jyn’s is not.
calling Cassian a stormtrooper when he went up with the intent to kill
her father, despite being unable to follow through, is her being blind
and self-centred, in the face of Cassian having lost his family. Cassian
calling her a privileged coward after both her father figures
died violently within 24 hours of one another, is Cassian “doing great
for calling her out on her privilege”. Cassian’s traumatic past is
worthy of acknowledgement; Jyn’s is not.
Jyn is white, and in our
world that’s one axis of privilege. But it is not the only axis, and in
Rogue One not the most important. Of all the characters, who is it who’d
be hostage–or worse–because of her blood, no matter what she does?
Who has been persistently on the run and has to keep her head
down because the Empire is on the hunt? Apparently, being white and
initially self-centred means that being a child soldier, instinctual
self-sacrifice, and being actively persecuted for who
she is, not who she does, none of them count.
not to say that Cassian isn’t sympathetic or Bodhi isn’t brave, or that
it isn’t great to see Baze and Chirrut being so emotionally invested in
one another on screen.* But you can’t then turn around and say that
those traits are what make Jyn awful, when her actions aren’t her words.
Frankly, no one has to like Jyn. No one has to acknowledge
her or understand her motivations either; she’s a character in a film,
and we all focus on our favourites. It’s not surprising people want to
focus on the non-white characters. But to turn around and say that she’s
objectively not worthy of being liked, to feel neither dislike,
nor disinterest, but visceral hatred for reasons that apply equally or
moreso to other characters, means there’s something else going on. And
it sure isn’t social justice.
*I say invested instead of married largely because I hesitate to give credit when it’s not made explicit