Star Wars Facebook Defends Rose Tico's Role

Posted 2017/12/25 0 0

Grab some popcorn, you might need it!


The official Star Wars Facebook account released a video earlier this week showing Kelly Marie Tran’s audition for Rose Tico.  However, few negative commenters didn't see Rose as a hero, proclaiming that she was "the most useless character ever" next to Jar-Jar Binks.

However, Star Wars weren’t taking the criticism lying down, and soon hit back in brilliant fashion.

Rose makes her debut in The Last Jedi, and soon becomes a vital part of the Rebel Alliance after being tasked with a mission that sees her travelling to casino city Canto Bight with Finn (John Boyega). In an interview with Variety, Tran discussed being part of a diverse cast and bringing more representation to the Star Wars franchise, specifically to Asians who’ve never had a main character they could identify with.

“A lot of Star Wars fans who are specifically Asian never had a character they could dress up like, or they would and people would always call them ‘Asian Rey’ or ‘Asian fill-in-the-blank.’ I get very emotional when I see people who are able to identify with this character. That means a lot to me and I don’t think it will ever get old. It feels like a big deal because it’s so rare, I wish it wasn’t. I wish that you and I could be having a different conversation. I wish that all different types of people of all races and all upbringings were all equally represented in this industry that influences so many people. But the fact is that’s just not true, so it is important to talk about it. I’m always thinking about that little girl that never saw herself in things.”

Like Finn and Rey, Rose and Paige were people who came from nothing and nowhere, who the Empire and the First Order never saw as more than cogs in a machine, who were merely trying to freeload when they asked for basic human rights in their society. Taking her and elevating her to the status of heroine, and romantic foil for Finn, is a win for women like her everywhere.