Rebecca Vineyard
December 02, 2016 5:41 pm
Lucasfilm

The Force Awakens and Rogue One are Star Wars films centering on strong female leads. We LOVE that, but there are some (men, primarily) who don’t. While we can call them crybabies, Star Wars is a franchise with a large male fan base, and it’s possible they wouldn’t want to alienate fans. Luckily, Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy doesn’t feel the need to cater to men who are upset about strong women. After all, the all-female Ghostbusters reboot faced the same sexist silliness, and the sexist reactions to the first Rogue One trailer were hilariously combatted on Twitter.

If you don’t know who Kathleen Kennedy is, you’re at least familiar with her résumé. She produced Back to the Future, Jurassic Park, and several Indiana Jones films; and that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Kennedy became the head of Lucasfilm in 2012, when George Lucas sold the company to Disney. Essentially, we have her to thank for a lot of the new Star Wars goodness we’re getting.

Obviously, Jyn being a woman shouldn’t stop male audience embers from relating to her. However, a lot of people have ideals about what Star Wars *should* be. In a New York Times article about the Jones, Kennedy’s words about placating male fans that made us cheer.

Obviously, Star Wars is an iconic franchise that boasts plenty of female fans as well as male ones. Some might argue that there are more male fans, though, or that alienating any fans can be a bad thing.

Of course, we love Rey and Jyn Erso, and back-to-back Star Wars films that center on strong women. So, we completely agree with Kathleen Kennedy. Now, we just have to wait two long weeks until Rogue One hits theaters!

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