I bet you didn’t know that Star Wars: The Force Awakens is a social justice propaganda film. I didn’t either. I thought it was a nostalgia movie with a recycled plot, but one thing it doesn’t do is hammer you with didacticism. But this guy watched it, and all he saw was a woman and a black man in lead roles, and it made him furious.
The Force Awakens is spectacularly replete with the handiwork of the avowed Social Justice Warrior JJ Abrams. So where can I possibly start in my criticisms? From the casting, which puts minorities and women incessantly and ridiculously in your face to make a political point (not tell a story), to the laziest of all space battles, the problems with the Episode 7 are more than numerous.
Whoa. More than numerous? That must be, like, a lot.
I feel dirty agreeing with him on some things: yes, the plot was kind of lazy, full of plot holes that Abrams could trust fans to fill in with rationalizations for him, but the one thing that didn’t bother me at all was the casting. Rey (woman) and Finn (black man) were actually good in their roles — and they were excellent new heroes for a new set of movies. I just wish the story had done more with them.
But this guy goes on and on about how women are unrealistic as members of the military, and how the plot suffers because it stuffs in all these women and blacks and Asians in roles that apparently would be better served by white men. He’s also quite confused about whether they are tokens or Mary Sues (hint: those are opposites of one another). He seems particularly irate that the villain is a white man who gets defeated by non-white non-males in fights. That is against the natural order!
Look: this is a movie set in a huge galaxy-spanning civilization, with weird aliens all over the place (mainly in bars, it seems, but that’s a different complaint). How can you get upset with the most basic nod to human diversity, especially when the two actors chosen to star are better at their jobs than the original, mostly white cast?
I will point out that even here on Earth, in our planet-bound species, 60% of humans are Asian, and 15% are African. Even our traditional bastions of whiteness, Europe and North America, are going to be ‘minority majority’ nations by 2050. Half of all humans are women. If you’re going to be frustrated by the fact that a science-fiction movie that includes Wookies and Bothans and Mon Calamari and robots has a cast that reflects the makeup of our species to a small degree, then you’re going to be horrified by the reality of the next few decades on this one small planet.
Which, perhaps, explains a little bit of the awfulness of the people who migrate to the Men’s Rights Movement. It’s not that there are no legitimate concerns in men’s issues, but that so many of the ‘activists’ who label themselves MRAs and MGTOWs and whatever ridiculous acronym they’ve invented are driven more by resentment and hatred and frustration at their diminishing privileges. How dare women refuse to submit to them! Who are these brown people living in my neighborhood?
This article comes from Roosh’s terrible site, which explains a lot. Of course a contributor to a site that’s all about demeaning women and non-white people would be angry about a movie that featured a diverse cast. (And speaking of Roosh, go watch this BBC documentary about those pissed-off MRAs, starring Roosh. Really, the most poisonous thing about the Men’s Rights Movement is that the most horrible people are all running the show.)
It is inevitable that their rage is only going to grow, because they stand in defiance of reality and are constantly getting smacked in the face with a changing world.
The deniers of feminism’s core argument – that women are given a raw deal – are standing on a flat earth. Men have been able to assert their physical dominance over women, more able to kill and suppress them. That’s led to centuries of inequality and oppression, but slowly, the arc is bending towards justice. Only a cave dweller, intimidated by the concept of equality, would see that as a bad thing.
They’re doomed, in the same way creationists are doomed: truth keeps being true, and keeps driving real progressive change. But don’t get cocky — frustrated patriarchal loons tend to lash out when their long-held dominance begins to crumble.