Star Wars:The Last Jedi The De-Feminized Fanedit
"We wanted to write this as a joke, then someone actually did it."
by Gaudie Correspondent for North-East Pembrokeshire
image via Wikimedia Commons
In the latest event of level-headed and ration discourse from the Men Rights Activist circles, a fan-edit has surfaced that removes as many women as reasonably possible from Star Wars: The Last Jedi. This appears to include female pilots, Laura Dern, and ‘That Asian Chick’.
The task apparently necessitated removing almost two hours of footage, making the new, De-Feminised version, around 45 minutes long.While the movie is now considerably shorter the creator stated in their release notes: (Uploaded to the fire sharing website The Pirate Bay)
“There are plot holes and continuity errors,” But assures us that: “Kylo is more badass”
Other changes include the removal of almost any male character being talked down to, subordinate too, or displaying any form of character flaw in relation to a women. This display of masculine prowess sits on the verge of being overshadowed by the throbbing rod of mother issues lurking below the surface.
While the creator of the re-cut attempted to remove women, he(?) appears to have been unable to change the central thesis of the movie; that being the cultural and ideological conflict between intersectional liberation (and aesthetically feminized) movements of the post-60s social order, and the hyper-masculine nature of reactionary populism present in the current cultural strata.
Both of these movements illustrated in the populist, hostile, and visually masculine reaction against Syrian refugees sitting in contrast to the appearingly feminized desire to help those, particularly children, in need.
This conflict manifests itself visually in the climax of the film where the rebels, led by a woman, take shelter in a large cave. The Empire then attempts to infiltrate this through the repeated pounding with their laser cannon. The sexual symbolism being so obvious it seems laughable it wasn’t visible to the creator of the fan-edit. However, the sexual experience of an individual who would take the time to remove all women from a children’s movie is open to speculation.
This reactionary fan-edit merely serves as an indicator to issues the film attempted to address in the first place. That being the fundamental conflict between the masculine and feminine identities in post-emancipatory society, in relation to the changing meaning of gender identity as a whole. With the repeated destruction and decline of the First Order, and their decline from The Empire in previous instalments being comparable with the deindustrialization of traditionally masculine industries and the growing relevance and earning power of women in the workforce, a previous source of masculine pride.
Fear and apprehension visible in the creators desire to remove any attack on characters who bear a masculine identity is a clear indication of this insecurity manifesting itself.
When asked for an opinion on the topic actor Mark Hamill responded with 114 cry-laughing emojis.