Why does every young Telegraph newspaper writer – I say ‘writer’ rather than ‘journalist’, because these ‘investigators’ no more get off their chairs and go outside and investigate than I do – have to be woke-friendly? Can they really not hire anyone normal any more? Take this Ed Power hack, who has the intellectually-challenging job of writing about … Star Wars:
Rise of Skywalker is closing in on a global take of $1 billion (£760,000). And yet there is near universal agreement that it is, on multiple levels, an enormous flop. Critics are on the whole spectacularly lukewarm on it; many Star Wars die-hards hate the manner in which Disney has brought down the curtains on its “Skywalker Saga”.
To be clear, this isn’t in reference to the tiny and tragic minority of toxic fanboys – they are almost always boys – who have become hatefully obsessed with Disney Star Wars’s supposed “wokeness”.
Yet he reports with apparent approval, or at least with no implied criticism, the complaints of actor Oscar Issac, who is angry that his Poe Dameron character wasn’t made gay:
Also disgruntled is Oscar Isaac (Poe Dameron) who flatly ruled out ever appearing in Star Wars again. He was annoyed that the hoped for romance between Poe Dameron and Finn never came to pass (instead the Rise of Skywalker went out of its way to portray both as straight).
“It seemed like a natural progression, but sadly enough it’s a time when people are too afraid, I think, of… I don’t know what,” he said of a potential relationship between Poe and Finn, adding, “But if they would’ve been boyfriends, that would have been fun.”
He sounded thoroughly fed up. This makes him just one of many. A long time ago in a galaxy far far away Star Wars was the straightforward space opera everyone loved. As we gawp in horror upon the giant flaming wreckage that is the Rise of Skywalker how distant those glory days now feel.
But wanting characters to have a type of sexuality purely for social engineering purposes, not because of it’s an integral part of their character, is the opposite of ‘straightforward space opera’. Those glory days are distant precisely because of this crap. And because people like Power think the bitchy backstage political comments that actors make (which actors have always made) are now worth putting in a newspaper.