A same-sex kiss in ‘The Rise of Skywalker’ is being heralded as ‘historic,’ but Disney has a long way to go in LGBTQ representation

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  • Warning: There are spoilers ahead for “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.
  • A kiss is shown between two female characters in “The Rise of Skywalker.”
  • The moment is well-intentioned but falls flat because it features two minor characters who were cut out of showings of the film in other countries.
  • It would have meant more for LGBTQ representation to show two prominent characters like Finn and Poe share a similar moment. Oscar Isaac, who plays Poe, told IGN “the Disney overlords were not ready to do that.”
  • Disney has a history of showing brief “gay moments” in recent films like “Avengers: Endgame” and “Beauty and the Beast.”
  • Marvel’s “The Eternals” will feature a more prominent openly gay character when it comes to theaters next fall.
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There’s a moment near the end of “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker” where two female characters from the Resistance share a brief kiss. The Hollywood Reporter called it historic for being the first same-sex kiss in a “Star Wars” movie.

“In the case of the LGBTQ community, it was important to me that people who go to see this movie feel that they’re being represented in the film,” director J.J. Abrams told Variety in early December.

However well-intentioned the moment was meant to be, it’s incredibly frustrating that the kiss occurred between two minor side characters. Commander d’Acy’s biggest role in the movie is telling Finn and Poe that General Leia is dead. The other woman is a background character who the audience never meets.

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The moment feels added simply to pander to LBGTQ audiences and for Disney to give itself a pat on the back on a job well done by showing “representation” on screen.

It’s more insulting when you know the moment has been cut from screenings in Singapore and Dubai, suggesting it was added in such a way that it could be easily removed from the film.

A pattern of subtle gay moments in Disney blockbusters

The moment is also troublesome because this isn’t the first time Disney put a scene like this in one of its larger movies. Disney put a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it “gay moment” in 2017’s “Beauty and the Beast” near the film’s end. The company also had a similar overblown moment in “Avengers: Endgame” that was praised for showcasing Marvel’s first openly gay character.

You may imagine the openly gay character must have been one of the film’s dozens of superheroes on screen, right? Nope! It was just one of the “Endgame” directors vaguely discussing a blind date he went on at a support group in the opening moments of the film.

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“Representation is really important,” co-director Joe Russo told Deadline. “It was important to us as we did four of these films, we wanted a gay character somewhere in them.”

“We felt it was important that one of us play him, to ensure the …read more

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