In 2013 Dr. Shawn Smolen-Morton presents “The Magic Negro in Science Fiction Film: District 9 and the Alien Uncle Tom” during a Humanities and Social Sciences Symposium. It articulates a lot of what is disturbing to me about the Finn character in Star Wars, the Force Awakens.
Gender-wise, the Rey character is just as bad as the romanticized tough-as-nails orphan “Annie” of the film.
Desperate for validation, both feminists and African American ethnonationalists are claiming this film represents some sort of victory, while it is pandering to the lolita-femdom and jungle fever fetishists.
If it wasn’t intentional, Disney, with all its resources, and a patient and dedicated Star Wars audience, could have done better. They could have done more to show the transition from stormtrooper slave mentality, to traitor for good reasons, to escaped slave, to Rebel fighter. They could have been more realistic about how Rey managed to survive. They could have not had everybody operating on social contracts and moral codes that would definitely not have been uniform.
So watch the video. This is a brave man taking on a touchy subject.