ByJack Carr, writer at
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J.J. Abrams, the Star Wars: Episode VII director who is much richer than you, has got a few choice words regarding Hasbro's insane decision to exclude Rey from their new Star Wars Monopoly set.

In case you'd forgotten (or wiped it from memory in disgust), the storm began brewing when various pieces of official merchandise from Disney bizarrely did not feature Rey, The Force Awakens's badass and decidedly female hero.

And then this happened, and the Internet pretty much lost its shit.

Despite Hasbro's claim that they excluded Rey from the set for spoiler purposes (even though it's coming out months after the film...) the company did respond to the backlash by announcing that a revised Monopoly set featuring Rey will be made available this year:

“We love the passion fans have for Rey, and are happy to announce that we will be making a running change to include her in the Monopoly: Star Wars game available later this year."

When even an eight year old is smart enough to know that "without Rey there is no The Force Awakens. It awakens in her!", you know a few asses are getting fired over at Hasbro.

Will somebody please fast-track Annie Rose's education and get her a job at Disney? They could probably use her PR skills.

In the latest twist in the tale, J.J. Abrams has finally weighed in on the controversy to share his disgust at the clearly sexist and totally nonsensical exclusion of Rey from the game.

“I wish I had more details about merchandising and the schedule, I’m learning things as you are. I will say that it seems preposterous and wrong that the main character of the movie is not well represented in what is clearly a huge piece of the Star Wars world in terms of merchandizing."

Preposterous indeed. Abrams then put in a few calls, as one does when one has the phone numbers of literally everybody who matters in the world.

"I read that she wasn’t in the Monopoly game and was quickly making phone calls about this because if it were true — and it is true, and now Hasbro, of course, has said they’re going to put Rey in — it doesn’t quite make sense why she wouldn’t be there. She’s somewhat important in the story.”

She's more than somewhat important. The Force Awakens is her story. The Star Wars set doesn't exactly look like one of the more attractive Monopoly sets anyway, but at least now those who buy it will be getting their hands on something that isn't depressingly sexist and patronizing.


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