If Star Wars has taught us anything, it's that there's a whole lot of diversity in the universe, and that it's a good thing. A giant fur-covered Wookie is best friends with Harrison Ford, a tiny green man living in a swamp trains the Rebel Alliance's greatest hope, a giant slug can be a king--people in the reality dreamt up by George Lucas's know how to look past species, language, and creed. People in our world, however, seem to struggle with such a tolerant outlook.
In the comments and reviews on Amazon for Chuck Wendig's latest Star Wars book, Aftermath, which takes place after the Empire is defeated in Return of the Jedi, one user was not happy about the introduction of a gay character, stating:
"I also don't like the inclusion of so many gay characters because my personal opinion is that homosexuality is not normal. Sodomy is not normal and I am tired of the liberal media trying to make me accept this lifestyle."
Wendig, however, who has no patience for such closemindedness, took to his blog with this incredible response:
"And if you're upset because I put gay characters and a gay protagonist in the book, I got nothing for you. Sorry, you squawking saurian -- meteor's coming. And it's a fabulously gay Nyan Cat meteor with a rainbow trailing behind it and your mode of thought will be extinct. You're not the Rebel Alliance. You're not the good guys. You're the fucking Empire, man. You're the shitty, oppressive, totalitarian Empire. If you can imagine a world where Luke Skywalker would be irritated that there were gay people around him, you completely missed the point of Star Wars. It's like trying to picture Jesus kicking lepers in the throat instead of curing them. Stop being the Empire. Join the Rebel Alliance. We have love and inclusion and great music and cute droids."
Well said! After all these years, it's great to see that Star Wars is still a force for good.
[H/T Pink News]