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appreciation post: Rose Tico

I had a few problems with The Last Jedi (though no more than most Star Wars movies really) but you know what wasn’t one of them? Rose Tico. I loved Rose. She was 100% utterly totally A Mary Sue. And that was AMAZING.

No, really. I am very very pro-Mary Sues and I think you oughta be too. Rose’s story has been told in a thousand fanfictions, not just for Star Wars but for every fandom. The ordinary, overlooked girl who becomes a heroine, kisses the hero, BITES the bad guy (man I wish that scene wasn’t cut), flies a spaceship, saves her crush. As one of those people who used to write (or at least read) those fanfictions, it felt terribly gratifying to meet Rose.

(When told about men these stories are usually received differently.)

I’ll forever be furious that Rose’s role in The Rise of Skywalker was reduced because of all the assholeish trolling and complaining. What other reason could there have been? There were still plenty of places her story could have gone, even in a movie as overstuffed as Rise was. At the very least the camera should have cut to her during the big Resistance speech about all the people they had lost, because she lost someone too.

Anyway, on the tiniest chance Kelly Marie Tran is reading this, Rose was a wonderful character and I’m so sorry you had to put up with racism and misogyny and body-shaming from “fans.” I hope one day they’ll feel ashamed of themselves.

Where’s Rose Tico In The New STAR WARS: THE RISE OF SKYWALKER Merch? — Nerdist

It’s Force Friday, a regular event where Disney previews its upcoming Star Wars projects through new merchandise. This year is extra special, as three new major Star Wars projects are on the horizon (which is why this year it’s called “Triple Force Friday“): the video game Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order, the Disney+ live-action TV…

Where’s Rose Tico In The New STAR WARS: THE RISE OF SKYWALKER Merch? — Nerdist

This is infuriating. How in the everloving hell did we go from here –

To here?

(pics via)

Like I know, I knoooow, Chewie and the droids aren’t on that t-shirt either. But Rose was so important when she came along a couple years ago, arguably much more important in an overall sense than the legacy characters and various droids. (Sorry guys). She was the first Asian woman to be a Star Wars lead. And now just… sigh. She’s not in the action figure set, not on the shirts, not on the most recent poster. Way to go, Star Wars people! Way to subtly take the side of the people who racially harassed Kelly Marie Tran off social media.

Okay, I snapped off a post yesterday about not bashing Rose in the same breath as praising Kelly Marie (Loan) Tran, and so many of the replies were basically saying “why???” in different words. So I’ll try and explain it with a hopefully not too clumsy metaphor:

Let’s say… you go a play with some people you don’t know very well. Maybe you like the play, maybe you don’t. You and your group stick around afterwards to meet and maybe socialise with the actors. Then at one point one of the actresses who was playing one of the heroines comes up to you and says something like,

“Those people from your group started off by saying they hated my character, and then they started saying I was only hired because of political correctness, and then they started throwing racial slurs at me. I’m fed up, and I’m not going to put up with it anymore.”

“That’s awful,” you say. “That behavior is unacceptable. I’m going to tell them to stop.” But then you add, “I mean, I hated your character too, but that was obviously the fault of the directors and writers, not you!”

Ms. Hypothetical Actress would probably feel justified in thinking you were a patronizing twat with an axe to grind, and probably less supportive than you seemed, since you had to add a disclaimer on the end. And if you’re white (I am too) it would decidedly sound like your true meaning was “I care about the racism you faced, I promise, but not quite as much as I care about expressing an irrelevant-to-the-actual-problem opinion which sounds an awful lot like I’m trying to fit in with the people racially harassing you.”

You know?

Anyway, imagine that conversation on a MASSIVE scale, and that’s pretty much what happened and is still happening to Kelly Marie Tran. Just… you know, especially if you’re white, your opinion on Rose pretty much has nothing to do with anything regarding Kelly’s harassment. Even if you’re not saying it to her face the whole thing obviously bleeds right back to her, so… yeah.




Hi everyone!

The reason for this project is simple— to show Kelly Marie Tran some love, following her recent Instagram deletion and deactivation due to the amount of harassment she’s received. Whatever you may think of TLJ or Rose Tico, a real love human being with a heart as big as KMT’s doesn’t deserve to be run off like that.

So, this will be a compilation of art and writing and everything in between that celebrates KMT. She has a fan mail address and so ideally anything submitted would be printable so it can be sent. More details to come on submission parameters.

But please, spread the word and reblog to get as many people on board as possible! KMT is a ball of sunshine and it’d be great to have the positive outweigh the negative.


Oh that’s a really good idea! I wish I could draw, man. But I really want to show her how much she’s appreciated!


Seriously, this fucking fandom.

I’m sorry, if you are the kind of person who goes online to harass creators and actors, then you don’t fucking deserve Star Wars. You should never be allowed to watch Star Wars again. None of it. Not the new stuff. Not the old stuff. Your DVDs and Blurays should be burned and you should not be allowed to replace them. Any Star Wars toys you have should be taken away and donated to kids who would appreciate them.

Star Wars does not belong to you just because you are a “fan” and you have no right to harass the people who are behind the franchise. I mean, what is it that you even like about these movies? Because, if you think harassing these people is ok then you obviously don’t understand them beyond “ooh, laser swords and space dogfights!!!”

Grow the fuck up and get a life.