In the Star Wars universe, one of the big stories this week had to do with new Star Wars: The Last Jedi actress Kelly Marie Tran leaving social media allegedly after dealing with trolls and harassment online. Coming to her defense were people like Rian Johnson and Mark Hamill, but Stephen Colbert has taken things a step further, creating his own original Star Wars trailer just for all the trolls out there. If you'd like to hear how Kylo Ren got his penis cut off and more, do watch the video, below.
As part of his monologue late last week, The Late Show with Stephen Colbert opened up about the potential Rose Tico issue, noting that there is "some troubling news from a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away" before recounting what reportedly happened to Kelly Marie Tran on social media. Colbert then proceeded to talk about the attacks on the "beautiful, talented young actress" before revealing he and the Late Show team had created their own version of Star Wars for all the trolls out there. In this version, Rose Tico is the hero. She is joined by Rey, who cut off the penises of popular characters like Kylo Ren and Poe Dameron and sent them into a deep, dark hole, leaving room for the ladies to take over the franchise. (Poor Finn isn't even mentioned.)
The whole thing is specifically designed for the trolls, and not even just people who like trolling the Star Wars franchise. The rest of the fake trailer reveals the "movie" will be populated by the female ghostbusters, the new female Doctor Who and even a lady wearing a Rick & Morty t-shirt---all the things trolls on the Internet love to hate. But the real clincher? Chewbacca was a woman this whole time. That's right Chewie fans, that's not a bromance between Chewie and Han, after all.
On a serious note, there were a lot of people who weren't pleased with the way Rose Tico was written in the 2017 movie, and many of those people have been vocal about their displeasure. Still, it's one thing to not be pleased about a character and to talk about criticisms in a calm manner with an even tone. It's another thing to go online and troll the person who played that character and make them feel bad about their race or gender. It's not the first time a Star Wars actress has left social media, either. Daisy Ridley, who plays Rey in the franchise, left Instagram in 2016 after not being able to deal with people online, either. While Kelly Marie Tran hasn't outright said she left social media due to the trolls, it's not difficult to see why people online have made a connection.
On another note, if Stephen Colbert ever does decide to partner with Disney and Lucasfilm for an absurdist Star Wars comedy film, I'm all in. Because if there's anything the galaxy far, far away could use right now, it's probably a little levity. For now, if you didn't mind Rose Tico, she'll be back in Star Wars Episode IX, which is going to hit theaters on December 20, 2019. Here's what we know about the upcoming project.