Originally Posted by VaderDave
I guess I'm not getting what's so objectionable about the casting in the new Star Wars movies.
There are two complaints about the "diversity" in the new Star Wars movies. The principle one is that it's just poorly executed -- forced, obvious, and jarring. Distracting, but also diminshing of the movie. Not only because you would like to think the resources that went into the diversity checklists could have been used to make a better movie, but also because it gets them a pass with the critics. And it works, as the Force Awakens is generally regarded as a good movie despite being terrible.
And, going to lawyerdad's jab about me making my own sci fi universe, it's embracing the awful "United Nations in Space" reconning from the prequels. The rebels and the empire are supposed to be embroiled in a civil
war. Yes, they talk about the "Republic" and all that, but the empire/republic dichotomy is almost certainly supposed to be a false one--like the Romans, whose republic was every bit an empire before it had emperors. Look at Leia -- she's a princess, she's openly contemptuous of robots and aliens. Luke's father was a knight, etc. The rest of the rebels are organized and disciplined and wealthy. They're privileged people fighting against people who look like them for more privileges, like 99% of rebels throughout history. It's a more interesting and real world.
ETA: and just think about the potential for social justice warrior stories. Robot lives matter!