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Monday, October 24, 2022
MRC Complains New Obi-Wan Kenobi Isn't Manly Enough
Topic: Media Research Center

Marvel and DC aren't the only fantastical universes the Media Research Center has been bashing for failing to conform to right-wing orthodoxy. Summer intern Michael Ippolito -- who has a thing about masculinity -- devoted a June 3 post to complaining that a new iteration of Obi-Wan Kenobi was insufficiently manly, and he has apparently decided that not manly enough for the MRC's purposes is exactly the same thing as "grooming":

The attack on male characters never stops coming from the groomer kingdom Disney. The House of Mouse wants to ensure that every male character is emasculated to make way for their new diverse and PC characters. The days of strong and silent male characters are long gone, and here come the weak beta males. 

Disney’s most lucrative property, Star Wars, has released a new television series for its streaming service Disney + titled “Kenobi.” The series focuses on the iconic science fiction hero Obi-Wan Kenobi, played by Ewan McGregor, during his time on Tatooine. Three episodes have been released so far, revealing Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy’s goal to make every male hero a bumbling fool of himself. Not surprising, based on her previous comments that“The Force is Female.” 

The degradation of male heroes is evident in this new series. Obi-Wan Kenobi was portrayed as a stoic hero who was not afraid of putting himself in harm's way. He was dedicated, competent, and brave. However, after a few doses of Disney’s woke brand, the character has become a shell of his former self. This new woke Obi-Wan is bitter, cowardly, and chooses to run away from his responsibility. As described by YouTuber Overlord DVD, Obi-Woke Kenobi is now an old hermit in despair: “He hasn’t been practicing his Force skills so they’re pretty much of little use to him in an emergency and, worse, Kenobi no longer even believes in the mission” 

Soy Kenobi “No longer believes in the Jedi. As badly as Kenobi has neglected his mission and failed in every regard, that way, he is shown to be even more cowardly than Luke.”

Characters that once inspired audiences are now vessels for a woke agenda. We see Kenobi overshadowed by female characters who either boss him around or constantly save him from danger throughout the show. This is no shocker given that all-new Star Wars media has brought back classic male heroes to make them weaker and overshadowed by their female counterparts.

Ippolito didn't explain why some random guy who makes YouTube videos is any sort of authority on anything beyond his spouting of accepted right-wing narratives.

Ippolito also whined that a "Kenobi" co-star pushed back at racist comments from fans (like Ippolito?) and that she had support from the franchise in doing so:

What’s worse is the off-screen propaganda Disney is promoting. When fans were criticizing actress Moses Ingram, who stars alongside Ewan, about her character, she immediately played the race card. Star Wars went to her defense online, and even McGregor stepped in on Twitter to say, “You’re no Star Wars fan in my Mind” if you don’t accept this new woke character. If Ingram is dealing with racist comments, she should handle it professionally, not send the woke mob after her audience.

Ippolito offered no evidence to support his claim that Ingram's caracter is "woke," or did he offer any proof that there weren't racist attacks on her -- or why she, but not the racists, was the one "playing the race card." And isn't sending mobs after people and businesses it doesn't like what the MRC does for a living, making it a profession and, thus, no different from what Ingram did (which was merely posting images of the racism on her Instagram account)? White didn't detail what his version of "professionally" responding to racism looks like.

Ippolito concluded with yet another rant: "This is not a shock coming from Disney. The openly progressive company has turned every beloved character into crusaders for their woke cause. Children, who used to grow up watching positive figures on television, will now have leftist propaganda shoved in their faces. If they speak, they better be ready to be branded a racist." Again, Ippolito failed to show that any of the racist attacks faced by Ingram somehow weren't actually racist.

Ippolito returned for a July 6 post complaining that our favorite Luke Skywalker made a joke about abortion on the internet and, of coruse, turned into a personal attack:

Another woke Hollywood lefty is on the loose with more terrible takes on abortion. So get your lightsaber, because Star Wars actor Mark Hamill just gave one that’ll make you wish you were getting force-choked.

Following a common theme on left-wing Twitter, Hamill demonized couples willing to adopt babies from unplanned pregnancies as malicious, discrediting the 36 couples that wait for every one baby that is adopted. Instead of allowing the baby to grow up in a household, Hamill would rather see the baby murdered. 

Sick stuff.

But is it that surprising coming from this lefty loony? Does Mark Hamill forget his most famous role involves a character that is adopted into a family to give him a better life? What Hamill doesn’t want known is that he reportedly pressured his son’s former girlfriend into almost having an abortion. When Los Angeles model Maegan Chen was pregnant with Hamill’s grandchild, he advocated for getting rid of the baby.

Actually, Hamill was just playing into a meme that started with a photo of a creepy-looking couple holding a "We Will Adopt Your Baby" sign. We're sorry that Ippolito 1) is not current on internet traditions, and 2) has no apparent sense of humor.

Posted by Terry K. at 5:05 PM EDT
Updated: Monday, October 24, 2022 5:46 PM EDT

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