3. Rose Tico (Sequel Trilogy)
Alright, let's dive right into the whirlwind of unfortunate and completely misogynistic opinions surrounding Rose Tico, a character from the Star Wars sequel trilogy who, for some bewildering and unnecessary reason, became one of the most polarizing figures in the franchise.
Rose, portrayed by the wonderful Kelly Marie Tran, brought a fresh, grounded perspective to a universe typically dominated by larger-than-life heroes and villains. She wasn't a Jedi, a Sith, or a roguish smuggler, but an everyday mechanic with a big heart and a passion for the Resistance's cause. Despite her bravery and significant role in The Last Jedi, Rose and, unfortunately Kelly, faced a tidal wave of negativity from a vocal segment of the fanbase. It's as if she accidentally parked her speeder on their collective lawn. Their main beef? Some fans felt her character didn't fit their mold of a "traditional" Star Wars character, criticizing her for everything: from her storyline to her background, which frankly, feels like judging a Tauntaun for not being a Bantha – utterly missing the point of diversity in the Star Wars universe.
I have always taken a stand against the Tico Takedown. Firstly, it's absolute bullsh*t. People are literally just hating for the sake of hating, and they should be ashamed of themselves. Rose's character symbolizes the everyday people who rise to the occasion in times of crisis, embodying the true spirit of the Resistance. She's relatable, earnest, and fiercely loyal – qualities that should be celebrated, not scorned. Her storyline in The Last Jedi adds a necessary human element to a saga often caught up in its mythos and so much drama involving the Skywalker fam. And let's not forget, her mantra, "That's how we're gonna win. Not fighting what we hate, saving what we love," is a refreshingly optimistic take in a series often shadowed by conflict.
It's a true shame that some fans couldn't see past their preconceived notions and, quite honestly, the fact she's a woman (and a great one at that) to appreciate the depth and sincerity she brought to the table. What's more deplorable is the online harassment aimed at Kelly Marie Tran, which is inexcusable and contradicts the very essence of what Star Wars stands for – hope, unity, and the triumph of the human (or alien) spirit.