Star Wars was chastised for a woke tweet advising critics of its new program not to be racist, despite the fact that the Disney-owned series previously lowered black star John Boyega’s face on a movie poster to satisfy Chinese consumers.
The statement came in reaction to a string of Instagram posts uploaded by Moses Ingram, who portrays Reva Sevander, nicknamed the Third Sister, in the franchise’s new miniseries Obi-Wan Kenobi, displaying apparently racist sentiments made to her by Star Wars fans.
‘We are proud to welcome Moses Ingram to the Star Wars family and excited for Reva’s story to unfold. If anyone intends to make her feel in any way unwelcome, we have only one thing to say: we resist.’ the franchise said on Twitter early Tuesday. If somebody attempts to make her feel unwanted in any way, we have only one response: we will resist.’
But people are now reminding the world that things seemed different for Star Wars in the past.
Radio show host Dana Loesch hit back at the franchise, pointing out how members of its promotions team diminished characters of color to ensure the film would be profitable in China.
‘Didn’t you shrink, or cut altogether, all characters of color from your promotional materials in China so you could get that market’s dollars?’ she questioned, referring to the poster for the 2015 film The Force Awakens.
Boyega, 30, who played lightsaber-wielding Finn in the flick, appeared much smaller on the Chinese advertisement than the U.S. version. The British actor and lead role in the sci-fi epic was placed under Han Solo and Princess Leia, as TIE fighters firing upon the Millennium Falcon take up the right side of the poster.