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Why Obi-Wan Kenobi on Disney+ is Already the Focus of Controversy



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Spoiler Warning: Obi-Wan Kenobi on Disney+

The Star Wars prequels still divide fans to this day. For some, they’re remembered fondly, and for others, it was a dark time for the galaxy. You will often hear fans hold up the third entry in the prequels, Revenge of The Sith, as the best installment, and it could be in many ways. It commits to the dark tone of the trilogy’s premise. Maybe even too much.

The film features a controversial moment when Jedi kids are training, and a Sith Lord bursts in to kill them all. Not exactly a timely scene to revisit, but that’s what we got. The Obi-Wan Kenobi

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series opens with another assault on children, with a Jedi teacher fighting for their lives to no avail. Some viewers raised issues with the timing of this particular scenario. For others, it was a return to a very iconic moment from the prequels when it actually went that dark.

Star Wars is a unique brand that tends to get a pass for certain questionable creative choices made throughout its legacy. Some of the fanbase is undoubtedly experiencing a level of Star Wars fatigue, while others are forever loyal and supportive of the brand no matter what it is. Something as well respected and loved as Star Wars requires the best possible support structure. The way these things roll out is similar to any major sport, with impassioned fans expressing themselves in all kinds of ways and, in some places, completely uncalled-for and over the line. No doubt, this is what leads to charges of racism when criticizing the casting. Unfortunately, casting is already a very sensitive issue by design. This is why many people wanted to draw a line in the sand between casting and racism.

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The debate refers to Moses Ingram, who plays Inquisitor Reva, based on the ‘School of Inquisitors’ that first appeared in Star Wars Rebels from 2014. There are several great actors who could have filled those shoes, and Moses Ingram was who they landed on. One can speculate all day on what it would have been like to have Viola Davis, Gina Torres, Yaya DaCosta, Janelle Monáe, or even Grace Jones returning in a big way for that role. All of them could have been great. Moses Ingram has acting range, and the body movements and stunts look fantastic. Fans making the issue political by throwing around triggering words like “woke casting,” “identity politics,” or “racism” will all make themselves heard.

Star Wars will always have a wide spectrum of engagement because of its massive orbit that will likely never find perfect harmony with the Force. Let’s examine all the ways Obi-Wan Kenobi was triggering for fans.