Dumb quote of the day--right there in front of them for thirty years and they never even noticed edition

>> Monday, April 02, 2012

There were no LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender) characters in any of the Star Wars movies. So if BioWare, the maker of Star Wars video games, adds LGBT characters for kids to select as their action figure it could be something like Darth RuPaula, a combination of Darth Vader, one of the most popular Star Wars characters, and RuPaul, the renown transgender cross dresser.

Florida Family Association has prepared an email for you to send that urges officials at BioWare’s parent company Electronic Arts and Lucas Films to stop any additions of LGBT content to Star Wars video games.
-The Florida Family Association, as quoted by Yannick LeJacq,
"Florida Family Association warns people of what's sure to be Bioware's next queer menace: Darth VaPaula",
Kill Screen, March 21st, 2012.

Oh man. See, I hate to stereotype. I really, really do. But I can't help it. He's slender, effete, is fussy about his appearance (and everything else, really) and enunciates in what we might neutrally call a distinct manner. And he's bulky, rugged, a real handyman who tends to be more stoic than his partner. Together, they're all-but-inseparable, bickering as lovers sometimes do yet clearly and utterly devoted to one another.

And of course they're in all six movies.

I mean, come on. Yes, I know it's wrong to just assume and I'm sure I'm succumbing to all kinds of stereotypes, but come on. You've got, pardon the expressions, a classic queen and his little bear. I mean this in anything but a negative way (in fact I applaud and approve, not that they need my endorsement to be happy in their personal lives): they're an adorable couple, and you really have to be touched by that moment in Star Wars (the first one, I mean, a.k.a. Episode IV a.k.a. A New Hope) when C3-P0, thinking his life partner has been mortally wounded in the Battle Of Yavin, offers to donate any of his transistors that might be necessary (as if the Rebel Alliance doesn't have a spare parts room or Luke can't just run up to the nearest Radio Shack for one of those assorted baggies that cost a few bucks and have everything in 'em).

Sure, sure: some of you thought they were asexual. That they're just "buddies". Probably figured Liberace was just keeping his options open, too.

Just tell me these guys aren't one of the greatest--if not the greatest--same-sex couple in cinema history. They're groundbreaking: a gay couple that appears onscreen with no explanation, no excuses, no special attention; they just go about their business in a professional manner same as anyone would, their obvious attraction and lifelong commitment to one another just a thing that occurs right in front of everyone without comment. As it should be, with their partnership extending nearly forty years in the movies, not counting the Expanded Universe (they met thirty-two years before the Battle Of Yavin and Return Of The Jedi occurs four years after Yavin, if you were wondering).

They're a cute couple. How could you possibly hate that unless there's something profoundly wrong with you?

All this happened to be my first thought when I read about the FFA's dumb comments at Penny Arcade. "No gay characters in Star Wars, really? Have they even seen the movies?"

My second thought: they shoulda heard about that draft of the first screenplay where Chewbacca was Han's wife.

"Imagine the HJ", indeed.


Megan Monday, April 2, 2012 at 8:40:00 AM EDT  

Darth RuPaula?

I know a lot of gay people. None of them look or act like RuPaul. If that's their idea of "gay", well, they've been living on another planet.

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