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George Lucas Fired Back At Critics Who Think Star Wars Is ‘All White Men’

George Lucas told the audience at his Cannes speech that only one group of sentient beings are discriminated against in the “Star Wars” universe: droids. And it was a deliberate gesture intended to make a pointed remark about prejudice.

“That was a way of saying, you know, people are always discriminating against something and sooner or later, that’s what’s going to happen,” he said. “I mean, we’re already starting with AI, saying, ‘Well, we can’t trust those robots.'” One wonders if he’s read “Star Wars: Dark Droids.”

Lucas is very passionate about the importance of female characters in the “Star Wars” saga and believes that the strength of characters like Princess Leia Organa (“Star Wars” legend Carrie Fisher) and Queen Padme Amidala (Natalie Portman, who’s open to returning to her role) are vital to the universe’s general story. “Who do you think the heroes are in these stories? What do you think Princess Leia was? She’s the head of the rebellion,” Lucas said, citing examples at how in the original films Leia was the one running the show. “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,” he concluded.

The “Star Wars” universe — and the concept of hat makes a heroic character in that world — continues to expand with “Star Wars: The Acolyte” set to begin streaming on Disney+ on June 4.

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