Star Wars: The Force Awakens has been pretty universally well received. While not without its flaws, Episode VII delivered the fans a film that felt truly connected to the original trilogy, and that they could be glad they spent the money to see. One of the other reason modern audiences are praising The Force Awakens is because the trio of good guys (Poe, Finn, and Rey) are captivating and represent a diversity in both Hollywood and a galaxy far, far away. Of course, there are still nay-sayers and Jimmy Kimmel recently addressed them in a sketch where he edited the opening crawl to be more bro-friendly. Check it out.
This is too funny. Jimmy Kimmel has such an impressive way of addressing social issues and prejudice while not being overly preachy. The opening crawl of each Star Wars film is one of the most iconic parts of the franchise. Kimmel’s edited crawl bros out the text, and even goes so far as to draw on a pair of boobs for effect.
Jimmy Kimmel’s sketch came from a report by a men’s rights group (yes you read that right) that their boycott of Star Wars: The Force Awakens apparently cost Disney a whopping $4.2 million. The group is named Return Of Kings and committed to the Star Wars ban due to Disney’s apparent agenda that is pro women and pro non-white males. What a shame. It’s a true mystery where the group got the number of 4.2 million, and where their proof is. Since The Force Awakens has shattered box office records around the world, it appears that even if their fictional number was valid, it didn’t hurt the company that much.
The entire concept of a men’s rights group shows how crazypants this organization is. White men are the most privileged demographic in the country, so it’s seems bizarre that a group like this would even be established. Furthermore, how can you read about Return Of Kings and not think of the Lord of The Rings novels and movies. I guess keeping male privilege alive and well is precious to them. See what I did there?
While Rey is the true hero of The Force Awakens, we’ve seen her role reduced in merchandising opportunities. The social media campaign #wheresrey is massively popular, with fans pointing out when Rey is left out of merch that contains the male stars. Indeed, Hasbro just fell into some hot water with Rey being left out of the Force Awakens monopoly. They made a statement today the game would be re-released with the inclusion of the female protagonist.
Thanks Jimmy Kimmel for being able to make a somewhat infuriating conversation hilarious. The force is strong with you.
Corey was born and raised in New Jersey. Double majored in theater and literature during undergrad. After working in administrative theater for a year in New York, he started as the Weekend Editor at CinemaBend. He's since been able to work himself up to reviews, phoners, and press junkets-- and is now able to appear on camera with some of his famous actors... just not as he would have predicted as a kid.
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