This article contains spoilers Star Wars: Tales of the Jedi Section 6.Star Wars: Tales of the Jedi He may have successfully written off one of the first LGBTQ+ characters in the Disney era. It’s a matter of record for the Disney era. Star Wars He’s had a big problem with LGBTQ+ representation (at least when it comes to his movies and TV shows). Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker It featured a lesbian kiss in the background, but this was so minor that Disney could have easily cut it in Singapore to avoid the higher age rating. Unfortunately, Lucasfilm continues to make LGBTQ+ mistakes. Star Wars.
Star Wars: Tales of the Jedi Episode 6 was very familiar to viewers who were familiar with the broader transmedia franchise. Star WarsBecause the same story as EK Johnston hit Ahsoka Novel. This is no accident; Lucasfilm’s Dave Filoni explained in an interview NerdistIt was a classAccording to the same outline I gave for the publication of the novel. It was always the same story.“In both stories, Ahsoka lives on a farm planet and shows her ability to use the Force when she helps someone in need – she visits the Inquisitor. Even Ahsoka’s amazing lightsaber fight is the same, the former Jedi quickly defeats her. She’s not armed with an Inquisitor. But unfortunately, there is one crucial detail that has changed. Star Wars: Tales of the Jedi It deleted one of the first LGBTQ+ characters from the Disney canon, while also whitewashing a black character.
Cayden Larte was very important to Star Wars.
In the novel by EK Johnston AhsokaThe former Jedi becomes best friends with two black sisters who live on the farming moon of Radha. Kaiden Larte, the elder of the two siblings, befriended Ahsoka when she arrived on the moon and helped stabilize Ahsoka. Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith, the inhabitants of Rada tried to rebel against the empire by introducing new crops against the imperial restrictions and depleting the nutrients of the soil. This was a spontaneous rebellion, unrelated to what would become a rebel alliance, and these rebels were quickly defeated. Ahsoka refused to participate, but she couldn’t stand by and watch them die.
EK Johnston’s books have been tremendous in increasing diversity. Star Wars Galaxy version of the book Ahsoka She was a follow-up, immediately developing the Black Woman as a main supporter and establishing her future role in the Rebel Alliance, culminating in Ahsoka’s bail request to rescue these early rebels. She was described as one of the first openly LGBTQ+ characters in the Disney era when she confessed her attraction to Ahsoka. “I could kiss youShe told her former Jedi Padawan.I mean, not now. My time is terrible and you have all these Jedi hangers on. I just wanted you to know if we die.“Ahsoka’s confused reaction has led many to suggest that she is also considered gay and smelly.
But Star Wars: Tales of the JediAhsoka’s Tales changes all that. While Filoni claims to be telling the same story, he clearly didn’t bother to revisit the EK Johnston version, simply coming up with his own version based on a note he gave to Lucafilm Publishing. The Laerte sisters are gone, replaced by a white pair, and there’s no hint that one of the replacements could be considered queer. A prominent black LGBTQ+ character was literally erased in the retelling of the story.
Star Wars erases all but Cayden Larkin from the canon
This can be done continuously, but the adjustment is difficult. Another story might suggest that Ahsoka decides not to join the rebellion. Star Wars: Tales of the Jedi In Episode 6, she instead heads to another rural community and experiences remarkably similar events, prompting her to call the bailiff organ again. Star Wars Canon is messy, mainly because there are so many stories told in countless different mediums, and fans often engage in self-canonization to fix it. Moreover, as Obligatory dork side Notes, there is some evidence that Lucasfilm deliberately left wriggle-room for this argument. In the two brothers and sisters Star Wars: Tales of the Jedi It was originally their name, but Lucasfilm chose to remove their names, possibly because they realized the characters were too different from the Laerte sisters in the book.
But it’s important to remember that, despite the possibility of messy maintenance, this can be an afterthought or a header. Filoni’s point remains; That’s what he said. Star Wars: Tales of the Jedi Episode 6 is based on the same memo Johnston sent to publisher Lucafilm for the novel. According to him, “It was always the same story.As for Lucasfilm, Star Wars: Tales of the Jedi The timeline stretches back to when Ahsoka joined the rebellion. There’s no room for Kait Laerte in that story (and the hint of Ahsoka’s queerness, which is also deleted for gay and aromantic readers).
The Tales of Jedi Kaiden Larte retcon was completely unnecessary.
Kaeden Larte’s deletion is so disturbing because it was so unnecessary. It didn’t take much to adjust the skin tone of the two siblings. Star Wars: Tales of the Jedi Episode 6, and a single line of dialogue may indicate that the older sister is queer. The decision not to name the characters makes this feel almost purposeful; Although Lucasfilm Animation created this story, one realizes that they whitewashed a black character and removed sexual orientation, instead of correcting the wrong. Star Wars LGBTQ+ has a history of mistakes, and this could have been easily avoided.
This issue becomes more problematic when considered in the near future Star Wars Trends. Since 2015, Lucasfilm Publishing has introduced black and queer characters in canon books and comics light years ahead of movies and TV shows. Abandoning the old approach of continuity and canon that effectively played different media off of each other, new books and comics were equally canon to movies. It means that these new characters are as important as anyone seen on screen.
But new Star Wars He has begun to break the canon, hand-waving the obvious contradictions into the pretense that different versions are true.From a certain point of view.“Previously seen as just a bad habit for hardcore fans, this approach has now effectively erased black LGBTQ+ behavior. This poses a real threat to the future.” Star Wars Television is expanding into the High Republic era, which is currently being explored in books and comics that are popular for their inclusion of both queer and black characters.
Star Wars needs to improve its LGBTQ+ representation
Star Wars: Tales of the Jedi A long-standing problem serves as another example; The sad fact Star Wars It needs to improve its representation, especially on TV and film. Andor It’s best viewed as a follow-up to the franchise, reminiscent of the Disney+ TV show. Star Wars It’s always political, making clear comments about prejudice and featuring the franchise’s second screen couple (the rebellious Vel Sartha and Cinta Kaz). The fact that they are still only the second and shows how much improvement has to be done.
Lucasfilm Publishing continues to lead the way in integrating LGBTQ+ representation into its books and comics. Unfortunately, as mentioned, even this seems to be under threat; As exemplified by the sad example of Kaiden Laerte, keeping that element doesn’t seem to be a priority in any reformation for Lucafilm Television. We hope there will be enough response Star WarsThe latest blunder to force Filoni and the Disney+ team to admit their mistake.
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