Before you get fooled by the so-called “diversity,” of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, consider the following questions.
- The majority of the characters are still white. How many visibly hispanic, Asian or Native American characters are there? Do they survive?
- The protagonist is a Black man, named Finn. Does having one token Black man make a film diverse?
- Where are the Black women in the film? Maz Kanata is voiced by Lupita Nyong’o, yet her character isn’t even human.
- It is very telling that Disney now owns LucasFilms and the same company that boasted about giving the world it’s first Black Disney princess, who was actually portrayed as a frog for most of the movie, gave us a first Black female protagonist in Star Wars, but she is really a non-human creature.
Given all this, is it really fair to call this movie diverse or is it just another movie with a token Black male character, narrow depictions of other people of color and no black women?
Seems like a typical Hollywood movie to me.
In conclusion, Star Wars: The Force Awakens may be very entertaining, especially when you throw on some 3D shades, but it is not as a diverse as it makes itself out to be.
I’ll keep my Nollywood films, thank you. #Hollywhite