Thursday, August 14, 2008
Seriously, is this the best George Lucas could do to include some sexual diversity in the Star Wars mythos?
Now, according to this blog, there has been an openly gay character in the extended Star Wars universe.
And, of course, the "sexuality" of C3PO is under some debate.
But the point is, both "Capote The Hutt" and C3PO, if they indeed are meant to represent homosexuals, represent them as stereotypes.
Isn't there any room at this point for a non-stereotypical gay Star Wars character of more importance than one created for a related videogame or paperback?
But that's the charm of the Star Wars universe, isn't it? It's like seeing everything through the eyes of an eager eight-year-old boy raised on old movie serials from the 1930s and 40s. Lots of fun and adventure, low on subtlety, bits of unintentional offensiveness here and there.
(That's why I like Star Trek just a little bit more. Though they could do a better job in this department as well, as documented here.)