Two of my favorite things in this world are named Tico- Taco and Rose.
Rose Tico (played by Kelly Marie Tran) was introduced to us in Star Wars: The Last Jedi and I instantly feel in love.
Others didn’t share my love though.
Tran was the first Asian American woman and first woman of color to portray a leading character in a Star Wars film and a lot of folks just couldn’t handle so much change at once- I mean…a girl AND one of color- at the same time???
I’m not going to go into her character because you are either a Star Wars fan and know who she is or you’re not and don’t really care- her character isn’t really the issue I have.
First- Rose is gorgeous.
Second- Rose is a hero.
I remember the uproar that I saw online when TLJ came out and I didn’t understand it at all- sort of like when (mostly guys) lost their shit at the thought that there could be lady Ghostbusters!
I didn’t agree- I loved her. I still have her picture hanging in my cubicle at work and every figure that was released of her- from her Funko Pop to every size of figure they released- I bought. I have the tiny cheap one and the big fancy expensive one; I have them ALL!
I was pretty excited to see previews of the new Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker stuff we were going to get- Rose was in a lot of the group shots and she had her own REBEL shirt!
Well- that merchandise is showing up and, sadly, Rose has literally been photoshopped out of it!
Now, I’m not sure if this means they removed her character from the movie or something- because it doesn’t come out until December but I truly hope that isn’t the case; I’m hoping Disney didn’t cave to the “fans” that couldn’t stand to see a woman of color stepping up.
I know it’s rough, for some of those folks, having Rey as such a huge character and it’s hard for them to understand how such a massive universe could have more than one strong female character or how an Asian girl could be so amazing. (I know Princess Leia was awesome.)
Maybe they had too many woman of color- I’m seeing that Lupita Nyong’o and Naomi Ackie are also in the upcoming movie- so maybe they felt like they didn’t want “too many” of those strong non-white girls.
I’m not sure what the issue is or why Rose is disappearing but I don’t like it and I’ve noticed a lot of chatter on the interwebz of others who don’t like it either…I’ve even seen bootleg shirts being made with her image added BACK to them and, if I decide to buy any merchandise from this movie, I can tell you- I’m going with the bootleg stuff.
I also read that maybe Rose merchandise under sold – but if that were the case, why did they have her on the preview stuff? They clearly knew how her merchandise sold long before those previews were created.
Plus…I can tell you- most of the stuff I bought from the new movies were 99% Dark Side/Sith and 1% Rose- that’s it. Rose is the ONLY Rebel I’d every buy merchandise of (from the new movies) so if you don’t give me Rose you can keep your Rebel scum merchandise.
Love, Peace and Sharkyness