George Lucas Responds to Critics Concerning Diversity in First Six Films: “They Would Say, ‘It’s All White Men”

George Lucas Its not all white men

Disney and Star Wars have gained a reputation for being “woke,” but even before woke critics, some fans observed a notable lack of diversity in the first six movies.

At the Cannes Film Festival, George Lucas addressed criticism of the initial “Star Wars” films, including concerns regarding race and the predominantly male cast in the Galaxy far, far away.

They would say, It’s all white men. Most of the people are aliens! The idea is you’re supposed to accept people for what they are, whether they’re big and furry or whether they’re green or whatever. The idea is all people are equal.

Star Wars has always carried political undertones, with George Lucas acknowledging the heavy discrimination against robots in the franchise, a theme increasingly relevant in today’s AI era.

Furthermore, Lucas addressed criticisms regarding the lack of significant female characters, countering with the argument that Princess Leia remains a cornerstone character in the franchise.

Who do you think the heroes are in these stories? What do you think Princess Leia was? She’s the head of the rebellion. She’s the one that’s taking this young kid who doesn’t know anything and this boisterous, I-know-everything guy who can’t do anything and trying to save the rebellion with these clowns … And it’s the same thing with Queen Amidala.

“You can’t just put a woman in pants and expect her to be a hero. They can wear dresses, they can wear whatever they want. It’s their brains and their ability to think and plan and be logistical. That’s what the hero is.

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