Upon the arrival of this year’s Force Friday, fans prepped themselves to get even more excited for
The trend echoed the #WheresRey and #WheresFinn sagas when the main characters of the new trilogy could barely be found in any of the toy or clothing merchandise that was released for
As noticed by Twitter user ReyZestDance, the calendar appeared on Amazon this week, sold by Disney as the official calendar for the film. But when you look at who’s featured on the calendar, things get strange and ultimately disappointing.
Naturally, the calendar showcases 12 characters from the film—one per month—six representing the Light Side, and six the Dark Side. The first three characters showcased make a lot of sense: Rey graces the January page, Kylo is on the February pag e, and Finn finishes up what can arguably be called the core cast triptych with March. Filling out the Light Side, the droids take up one page, Poe Dameron another, Chewbacca fills the fifth, and the iconic Billy Dee Williams takes the sixth.
All of these characters make sense when it comes to who fans would want to see on a calendar, but the exclusions of Leia, Jannah, Zori Bliss, and of course the brilliant hero we now know will be Commander Rose Tico are extremely questionable, especially when you look at who fills the other six spreads.
The thus-far unnamed Knights of Ren are given two pages, which at first glance seem to be utterly interchangeable until you look closer and realize that they’re wearing slightly different masks. There is, of course, the obligatory Stormtrooper page, but then there’s also a Sith Trooper and a Snowtrooper, which means there are more Troopers featured on this calendar than there are named female characters. Seeing as there are at least four who could’ve been featured in relation to
Though it may seem silly to get caught up in the lineup of a calendar when you put this next to the other choices that the
The actress who portrayed Rose was notoriously bullied off of social media by trolls who couldn’t stand the fact that she was a vital part of the franchise they claim to love. With that context, it’s fair to wonder whether or not Disney is making a choice to market this film without including the two women of color who apparently play key roles: Rose and Jannah. This would also explain Leia’s absence after certain fans were angry at her powerful force flight in