March 06, 2016

Say 'no' to the SJW agenda: Luke Skywalker isn't gay, James Bond isn't black, and Batman isn't a transsexual

StaffRebel Columnist

Social Justice Warriors have an obsession with trying to morph existing fictional characters into things they are not in order to fit their agenda.

It was just a few weeks ago that SJWs got annoyed with the casting of Iron Fist on Netflix as a white man. This happened despite the fact the character IS WHITE. Social Justice Warriors naturally made this into a travesty because in their world properly casting a character is a bad thing. It didn't take long at all for a petition calling for Marvel to recast the character as an Asian man to circle the internet.

The beta male crybabies over at Gizmodo wrote an article titled “It Actually Really, Really Sucks That TV's Iron Fist Is White.”

How do you think an article titled “It Actually Really, Really Sucks That TV's Luke Cage Is Black” would go over? Chances are whoever wrote it would be called a racist. I wouldn't call that individual racist just because of the title of a non-existent article though. I'd call them an idiot because they don't support casting an actor who best represents the character in the comic to play the role.

I would be just as annoyed if DC had an Asian actor play Cyborg or Spawn. Both of those characters are black and they are best to be played by black men.

At the same time, however, there is a big difference between Spider-Man and Peter Parker.

While the character of Peter Parker is a nerdy white dude who takes photographs for the Daily Bugle, and lusts after pretty redheads (what is he, Charlie Brown?) while secretly saving the day as Spider-Man, there's no reason why other people can't take up the heroic role.

The character of Miles Morales – an alternate world Spider-Man – works for a number of reasons. For one thing, it's nice to explore Spider-Man from a different perspective. No Uncle Ben or Aunt May. No Mary Jane. No typical Peter Parker storylines. It's a fresh story with different characters.

For Miles Morales, the fact that he's a black-hispanic is secondary to the fact he provides the audience with a new take on the character, making things less predictable for long-time fans.

The story of Peter Parker is tried and tested. And Marvel was smart not to suddenly turn him into someone else – essentially taking Parker and making him black. Morales works because he's someone different and he's done well. Unlike the new all-female Ghost Busters cast which looks AWFUL.

The same can be said for Bruce Wayne as Batman. While Wayne should always be a rich white dude whose parents were gunned down, this hasn't stopped other characters such as Damien Wayne, Nightwing and Azrael and even Jim Gordon from taking up the role as the Dark Knight from time to time.

And while James Bond is a white man, there's no reason a black actor can't play 007. The only catch would be that James Bond wouldn't be his name. Why? Because it's better to create something new.

Point: a character can be completely different from its existing incarnation and if done well, fans will welcome the idea with open arms.

Sadly, we have some creators who let the SJW nonsense get to them. Harry Potter author JK Rowling totally supported a black actress playing Hermonie in a play despite the fact the character is white on all book covers featuring her. You'd think if the character was meant to be black, Rowling would have said something much sooner. As in, before the first movie was begun shooting. Well over 10 years ago.

Instead of retconning an existing character's appearance, why not just write some new books and create a badass black wizard? Perhaps the thought of more dump trucks full of money is too much for Rowling's creative mind to fathom.

And now, we have actors pushing the SJW agenda onto beloved characters. Even the ones they play.

I read an article this week about Mark Hamill, the actor famous for his role as Luke Skywalker in Star Wars and The Joker in numerous Batman animated films and video games.

Hamill told The Sun, “fans are writing and ask all these questions, ‘I’m bullied in school… I’m afraid to come out’. They say to me, ‘Could Luke be gay?’ I’d say it is meant to be interpreted by the viewer.”
He added, “if you think Luke is gay, of course he is. You should not be ashamed of it. Judge Luke by his character, not by who he loves.”

While I agree that Luke should be judged by his character and not who he loves, the fact is... no. Luke Skywalker isn't gay.

Long before he found out Leia was his sister, Luke had the extreme hots for her the moment he saw the message intended for Obi Wan inside R2D2. “Who is she? She's beautiful,” he said to C3PO.

And hey, lets not forget about how worried he got when Han Solo began thinking about making a move. “Do you think princess and a guy like me?” Han asked Luke while aboard the Millennium Falcon. “No,” Luke was quick to respond.

But the most fine detail about Luke's sexuality and his hots for Leia comes from a deleted scene in Empire Strikes Back. Just look at how Luke and Leia act around one another before their infamous kiss.

Yea, considering they ended up being brother and sister, that's really, really awkward and a good thing it wasn't in the final version of the film.

Okay, so strange incest scenes aside, what else? Well, in the now defunct expanded universe, Luke goes on to marry Mara Jade after the events of Return of the Jedi.

Is Luke Gay? I would certainly hope not, as there's no conceivable notion for him to be a homosexual except for diversity's sake. And that's just ridiculous.

Of course, JJ Abrams – social justice warrior extraordinaire – says he'd love the idea of gay characters in the Star Wars universe, going as far as to say not having one would be “counterintuitive”.

He clearly never paid attention to the films as there's already plenty of gay Star Wars characters. Their names are C3PO, Jar Jar Binks, Wicket the Ewok and that Rancor trainer dude who got really sad when his pet died.

Seriously though. Existing characters should be off limits. If there's going to be characters who are gay, they shouldn't be gay for the sake of being so.

Fans of franchises would be smart to fight back against the social justice warriors trying to infect our entertainment through affirmative action. I've had several friends, none of which who are white (just for the record), stand with me on this subject. Why? Because they're true fans of these characters. Wanting the best representation for them should always transcend variables such as race or gender because they're completely irrelevant when it comes to fandom.

Just say 'no' to the backwards SJW way of thinking. All they're fans of is their agenda.

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commented 2016-03-08 07:10:30 -0500
My son is biracial. He does not give a rats ass about the new star wars movie featuring a diverse cast. Neither do the other kids I know. Either it’s because of the new disposable media mentality or he can already see the dishonesty/lack of originality/authenticity behind the new film. They all can. That movie bombed in Toronto… The most multicultural city on earth. The toys sit on the shelves. No one gives a shit… In a way it’s worse than the prequels because political correctness and stupidity killed the franchise. The actors did the best they could with what they had, but shame on Disney. I guess that’s not an original concept though, is it?
commented 2016-03-08 03:22:36 -0500
This stupidity of identifying long accepted characters that are white, now all have to be identified as some other race is getting annoying at best. If other racial communities want fictional hero types to reflect their particular colour, then take your pens in hand and start creating your own characters of your race, as white writers have done. And it seems those white created characters are being stolen by having other than white actors represent those characters. I have always been against having whites play roles that were clearly Asian or Black characters. Example: a white guy playing the role of a Chinese individual in the programme Kung Fu on television. It most definitely should have been a Chinese actor. But if this out of control commitment to political correctness continues what is the next accepted white traditional character to fall ? I can see in our future perhaps a Black Santa Claus, a Black Easter Bunny, an Asian Superman or an Asian Tom Sawyer, where will it end. Because it would only be fair to have white actors play high profile roles of not only fictional characters of other races but also real historical figures that are Black and Asian, you know, just to as they say, give the character a new perspective. So when they make a film of say, Martin Luthor King’s life, Nelson Mandela’s life or the Bruce Lee story again, it seems fair to have a white actor in the role. I remember watching a show on TV as a kid, it was called, The Wild Wild West, it was a great show and the lead characters were white, they became the idols of millions of viewers every week. Flash forward to a few years back and a favourite character of mine in a new movie of The Wild Wild West was cast as a Black guy, as much as I like Will Smith ( I was a big fan of The Fresh Prince of Belair) I was disappointed in that the look of the character had been changed, for me it was a betrayal of my fan worship of the show. So let’s just have whites playing whites, Asians playing Asians and Blacks playing Blacks and Aboriginals playing Aboriginals, Etc. And definitely no more Johnny Depps playing Aboriginals, I’m not Aboriginal but even I was insulted.
commented 2016-03-08 02:26:38 -0500
I say let ’er rip, GLBT the heck out of the Marvel universe andSci-Fi legacy films – let the market decide if the public gives a sxxt- go spend $40mil on a gay batman flick and see what the returns are.
commented 2016-03-07 21:51:34 -0500
The character is a white martial artist and the SJWs want him to be cast as an Asian.

Because that’s what Asians don’t get cast as a lot. Leads in martial arts movies and series. Why even hide the inherent racism?

Progressivism melts your brain.
commented 2016-03-07 16:06:54 -0500
So stupid. What goes around comes around… I really hope we reboot Black Panther as an old chinese woman because old chinese ladies are under represented.
commented 2016-03-07 15:50:38 -0500
Isn’t it the sjws that get into SUCH AN UPROAR about cultural misappropriation? Don’t they care, or maybe they are too close-minded to see the irony.
commented 2016-03-07 14:40:48 -0500
I think The knat is starting to crack, pretty soon he’ll be missing HARPER. !
commented 2016-03-07 13:24:36 -0500
Man i totally agree. They did cast Idris Elba in Dark Tower, even though the character is white and looks like Clint Eastwood
commented 2016-03-07 12:29:28 -0500
Well said. Retconing an existing characters’ gender, race, sexual orientation, etc. JUST for the sake of diversity is very shallow. Unfortunately, I have a close friend who thought Hermione being portrayed by a Black actress in the upcoming play addresses the “pervasive whiteness” in media. We are both Asian and I can’t agree with her observation at all. I have seen a few snobby reactions claiming that Black Hermione is the “real deal.”

SJWs should create new characters so they can achieve the diversity they want (as opposed to whining non-stop). At the same time, they need to realize audiences care more about character development in terms of back story, personality and goals. Having the same rehashed story with altered characters’ identities that won’t bring anything new to the table is not going to impress viewers.

@nathan W: If people still want their gay Luke Skywalker or other non-canonical takes on existing characters, they can always turn to fanfiction, fanart and fan comics.
commented 2016-03-07 11:19:45 -0500
Nathan…..your having trouble seeing the forest, the trees are in the way. Idiot!!
commented 2016-03-07 10:14:43 -0500
Lad Reme – I tend to think of it as “Sexually Jilted Whacos”
commented 2016-03-07 09:49:51 -0500
SJW, Stupid Jumped-up Weirdo’s.
commented 2016-03-07 09:38:33 -0500
Lol. They should make a movie where gay Skywalker and black Bond are a gay married couple who take on evil Batwoman, climaxing with the scene where, after much effort to protect Gotham City from Batwoman and her henchwomen, she discovers her real self, a man, and in finding his/her true self stops being such an evil curmudgeon. This could be followed by a closing scene of them romping around in a male gay threesome in a penthouse suite. If they could sneak in a legal adoption to the gay male couple that would be awesome as well.

I’m white straight male, but the way you guys get worked up about this stuff just boggles my mind. Who cares what colour, sexual orientation, or whatever? Like, wtf does it even matter? It’s like like anyone is forcing you to be something that you’re not.

That having been said, I hate SJWs probably even more than white supremacists, and them getting pissed off that a white character is played by a white person is symptomatic of their complete retardedness. But, LOL, it would crack me up big time to see the reaction to the basic theme proposed above.

OK, seriously though, the premise of the article totally makes sense. If you want to cast more black and gay actors, come up with some new characters.
commented 2016-03-07 09:20:11 -0500
Drew, funny, I was thinking the other day about, what if Babar was a giraffe, instead of an elephant.
commented 2016-03-07 01:20:52 -0500
SO when is the new white SHAFT coming out?
commented 2016-03-07 01:20:11 -0500
When will these companies learn that the people who buy what you sell do not want this phony SJW crap. You are appeasing people who do not purchase your products anyways. WHAT THE HELL FOR?
commented 2016-03-06 23:46:00 -0500
create new characters, sure. change existing characters to suit some warped minds’ perception is where I draw the line. they don’t get my money and I am pretty sure I am not alone.
just wait and see how ghostbusters flops at the movies. twitter has begun to decline since sarkesian joined the fold. these people shit-up everything they touch and when the powers that be begin to lose money because of it, they will change their tune in half a heartbeat.