May the force be with #metoo
In an effort to “improve” the latest Star Wars movie and also to make a point – I assume about how small his penis is – a misguided person has recut The Last Jedi to remove those pesky women and all their annoying agency.
I have not seen this cut, but I’m confident that even if I hated The Last Jedi (I did not), I would think this is the worst Star Wars movie ever. Even worse than the prequels.
Based on the reaction of another small contingent of men, aka the cast of Star Wars, I’m not alone.
The Jedi aren’t gone yet!
The Guardian explains that the new “defeminized” cut of the movie was posted to the piracy site The Pirate Bay under the super-cool title “The Last Jedi: De-Feminized Fanedit (aka the Chauvinist Cut)”. Not all the women have been removed, but their importance to the plot seems to have been, and the movie has been reduced to a hearty 46 minutes.
In this edition of the film, Leia no longer scolds Poe, despite the fact that she is the leader of the Resistance and he is a petulant idiot who deserves scolding. Captain Phasma, who is covered in armor so thick you might not even know she’s a woman, somehow gets an even quicker death, because apparently the whole three minutes (if that) she takes up in the the entire new trilogy were far too many. Laura Dern’s character, responsible for one of the most memorable moments in the history of the franchise, is out (Poe pulls the kamikaze mission instead). And Rose, Kelly Marie Tran’s crowd-favorite, gets renamed Asian Lady, because the person who made this is both a misogynist and a bigot!
One tweeter posted the entire list of changes and it’s repulsive and hilarious at the same time.
I couldn’t find the full list, but I found one of the short versions, with all misspellings included. pic.twitter.com/8bq3VDxnPG— Erkhyan Rasamoelison 🇲🇬🇫🇷🇺🇸 (@Erkhyan) January 16, 2018
My favorite nugget from The Guardian’s article is the fact that the person who uploaded “The Chauvinist Cut” of the movie apologized for “plot holes and continuity errors” as a result of his edit.
No one knows who created the edit or what motivated him, although The Last Jedi‘s writer/director, Rian Johnson, suspects a masterful troll did it to get a rise out of the Star Wars fanbase. But one thing that is beyond a doubt is how badly the recut film’s creator got dragged.
Film critic and writer Priscilla Page shared a screenshot alerting Twitter to the movie’s existence and added some pointed commentary:
— priscilla page (@BBW_BFF) January 16, 2018
Her tweet was picked up and echoed by a few people you may be familiar with, including Rian Johnson, the film’s writer and director:
Luke Skywalker himself, the outspoken Mark Hammill:
Agreed. But let me add— Mark Hamill (@HamillHimself) January 16, 2018
🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣- mh https://t.co/H3jacep5sU
And John Boyega, who plays Finn:
Great points. Hope it’s okay to make a final point...— John Boyega (@JohnBoyega) January 16, 2018
Whoever created it couldn’t have picked a worse moment to throw a tantrum.
You may have noticed a little something happening in our culture lately, a kind of up-swell of female voices standing up and shouting down years, decades, generations, centuries of abuse, disrespect, harassment, inequality, and violence.
Sometimes it goes by the hashtag “#metoo” to allow the diverse, seemingly infinite parade of voices to join with their sisters in standing against the kind of terrible and often illegal behavior men in power and men in general have been practicing, and getting away with, for ages. At times it’s been harrowing to see the speed and power of these voices, causing men of all stripes to run for cover lest they too be outed for their misdeeds.
But it’s been inspiring too, to watch necessary change happen so swiftly, and with such solidarity. Unless you’re a Sith!