It’s that time again, where we get to address the argument that’s most commonly parroted by those who understand the franchise the least. This time it comes from Lacey Gilleran of Star Wars News Net and The Resistance Broadcast:
It’s an argument that’s usually whipped out to excuse the monumentally stupid storytelling of the Disney-era. It suggests that stupidity in storytelling is excused if it’s aimed at kids.
But isn’t Lacey an adult? Purportedly.
So she’s ready to excuse herself from her blanket statement.
So is it for kids, or is it for anyone? It’s for kids, except for the adults who like it too. Or something.
Lacey’s followers were ready to show their support of her parroted comment, by quickly citing George Lucas.
But what they aren’t anxious to share, is other comments made by George Lucas, such as this one that he made to WIRED in 2015:
“Just like Star Wars was designed for 12-year-old boys,” says Lucas, “Strange Magic was designed for 12-year-old girls.”
Of course, statements like these must be ignored by the SJW ignorati, because Star Wars is for everyone.
Unless of course legitimate criticism is made against Disney’s storytelling, in which case it’s then for kids. Kids who apparently purchase $800 handbags.
SJWs also like to ignore the interview with Charlie Rose in which George Lucas stated:
“It’s for kids, but adults like it too. It’s for everyone, obviously.”
This problematic quote can’t be pointed out when SJWs need Star Wars to be for kids.
But even more problematic is the fact that Disney Lucasfilm prohibited a lot of kids from one of its 16+ contests:
And the fact that The Mandalorian is rated TV-14. That sure leaves a lot of “kids” out of the fun.
Which may help explain this:
But what Lacey can’t possibly understand because she wasn’t even a zygote in 1977, was that Star Wars appealed to the kids of the time, because it felt more mature than what they were normally privy to. Prior to Star Wars, sci fi film and television was a cheesy affair, with mostly noisy kiddie films. Stanley Kubrick articulated this problem when he wrote Arthur C. Clarke about producing 2001:
“I had been a great admirer of your books for quite a time and had always wanted to discuss with you the possibility of doing the proverbial ‘really good’ science-fiction movie.”
No one had really done that before to any great extent. So when Star Wars came along in 1977, it was really the first to showcase a “used universe.” It felt like the gritty realistic World War II or Western movies that adults watched at the time. And that’s what made it exciting for kids. For the first time, it felt like a sci fi adventure movie was entering a more mature world, and taking itself seriously.
In this way, it appealed to both adults and children, which is why you see so many adults standing in line in vintage photographs:
So who needs to see the commonly parroted sentence that Star Wars is for kids?
Or maybe an SJW activist could bark at the corpse of Joseph Campbell that Star Wars is for kids. I’m sure he’d love to hear it.
Originally published here.