Disclaimer: If you're the kind of person who says things like "gay agenda" or "libtard" in a non-ironic capacity, you might want to close this tab now. If you carry on reading, I cannot be held responsible for your comically unreasonable response to the news that J.J. Abrams has hyped up the impending arrival of a gay character or two in Star Wars: Episode 8 or beyond.
Speaking at the Oscar Wilde Awards (nope, me neither) this week, The Force Awakens director addressed the gay elephant in the room:
"When I talk about inclusivity it’s not excluding gay characters. It’s about inclusivity. So of course [there will be gay characters]. I would love it.
"To me, the fun of 'Star Wars' is the glory of possibility. So it seems insanely narrow-minded and counterintuitive to say that there wouldn’t be a homosexual character in that world.”
Considering that this franchise is a $2-billion-per-movie beast with huge influence and an excellent recent record of diversity in terms of gender and race, introducing a gay or bi character into the mix seems both logical and important.
Mind you, Stormpilot shippers should probably hold onto their panties for now, because that particular pairing still looks as unlikely as it did in December. That said, if the first gay character turns out to be C-3PO, there will be blood.
Episode 8 began filming two weeks ago in England, and will apparently move to Dubrovnik, Croatia imminently, where new cast member Benicio Del Toro has allegedly been spotted, according to the ever-reliable Mr. A. Source.
Thanks to Abby on Tumblr for the excellent header art. Star Wars: Episode 8 will arrive in theaters December 15, 2017.