“Star Wars: The Force Awakens” highlighted bromance between Poe Dameron (Oscar Isaac) and Finn (John Boyega), to a great extent. Poe gives Finn his name, replacing FN-2187, and then gives him a jacket. When reunited after believing one another dead, Poe runs towards Finn and throws himself into an embrace.
Is this just friendship between two mature men or there is a subtle hint of an LGBT bonding?
GLAAD (formerly the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation) is now calling for the franchise to introduce an openly homosexual character. According to Variety, the organization makes this recommendation “as part of [their] studio responsibility index, an annual survey of portrayals of LGBT characters in major studio releases.” Other than Paramount, Disney also didn’t feature a non-heterosexual character in any of their films last year.
GLAAD president and CEO Sarah Kate Ellis said diversity won’t be achieved if a homo character will be introduced just for the sake of it. “It is not enough for LGBT characters to simply be present; rather, these characters must be crafted thoughtfully and better reflect the full diversity of the LGBT community,” she wrote down in a statement. “Leaving LGBT people out of the picture—or including them only as a punchline—keeps old prejudices alive and creates an unsafe environment, not only here in America, but around the world where most audiences see these depictions,” Ellis concludes, reveals Jezebel.
The Force Awakens received praises and criticism widely at the same time for casting as leads a white woman and a black British man. However, GLAAD’s suggestion might give the series a whole new dimension in the critics’ world.
Allegedly, Oscar Isaac is down with the possibility of a romance between his character and John Boyega’s Finn. Additionally, director J.J. Abrams has underlined his plans to add queer characters into the story. He said, “So it seems insanely narrow-minded and counter-intuitive to say that there wouldn’t be a homosexual character in that world. When I talk about inclusivity it’s not excluding gay characters,” Abrams added. “It’s about inclusivity. So of course.”
On that note, Isaac jokingly said earlier ,“I think it’s very subtle romance that’s happening; you have to watch it a few times to see the little hints.” He also added that he was playing romance “in the cockpit.” Boyega said recently, “I’m looking at the director Rian closely so he can get me involved early, so I can prepare myself. So who knows?”
So now, can we expect a new LGBT romance emerging soon in the Star Wars Galaxy?