#LucasFilm and parent company #Disney continue to tarnish their own reputations. While both claim to be inclusive EEO companies, they continue to pander to countries (especially China) that don’t like people of color.
In an official tweet posted to celebrate “Star Wars Day” (May the Fourth) yesterday, the official #StarWars Twitter account shared a fan-made poster by artist Leke Fonge intended to represent the film “Star Wars VII: #TheForceAwakens”, which was the first of the three Disney Star Wars sequel trilogy of movies.
The poster shared by the official Star Wars Twitter account (and later deleted) depicted two characters from the film: Rey and Kylo Ren:
But, a poster by the same artist and shared on the official Star Wars website includes Finn standing between Rey and Kylo Ren, along with the Millennium Falcon and a number of First Order TIE fighters:
The same artwork that was posted on the official Star Wars website was then also shared on Disney+:
After fans noticed this obvious discrepancy and complete removal of John Boyega’s character of Finn from the poster shared on the official Twitter account, they were outraged and were highly critical of Disney and LucasFilm. This prompted the powers that be at Disney or LucasFilm to delete the original tweet that left out Finn, then replacing it with a different tweet with the exact same wording and yet another poster that not only included Finn, but depictions of Han Solo and Chewbacca also:
At no point was one of the other people of color ever depicted in these pictures: Poe Dameron as depicted by Guatemalan-American actor Oscar Isaac.
This removal of Finn was very reminiscent of the original movie posters released in China for “The Force Awakens” in 2015 that had severely shrunk Finn as compared to his very prominent position in the poster released in the U.S.:
And in Sept., 2020, John Boyega had this to say regarding the treatment that he and his character received at the hands of Disney and LucasFilm:
“You get yourself involved in projects and you’re not necessarily going to like everything. [But] what I would say to Disney is do not bring out a black character, market them to be much more important in the franchise than they are and then have them pushed to the side. It’s not good. I’ll say it straight up.”
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- Official Star Wars Twitter Account
- People Magazine: John Boyega Says His Star Wars Character Was ‘Pushed to the Side’ by Disney: ‘It’s Not Good’
- British GQ Magazine: John Boyega: ‘I’m the only cast member whose experience of Star Wars was based on their race’
- Vanity Fair Magazine: John Boyega Gets Real About Star Wars and Racism: “It Changes You”