Regarding recent uproar and outcry about True Galactic Badass Queen Rey [No Last Name At Present] (19, formerly of Jakku) being left out of toys and monopoly game sets, director J.J. Abrams addressed the viral #WheresRey hashtag controversy during a TCA panel.
Lack of female representation in toys is nothing new, even for mega blockbuster action leads.
Good news though, J.J. Abrams has proven himself aligned with the Light Side of the Force, and will not in this instance need his ass handed to him in the style of a certain Wannabe Sith Cry Baby Villain with grandfather issues.
According to EW, as reported by ONTD approved source Vanity Fair, during the Television Critic's Association press tour last Saturday, J.J. called the lack of plastic representation for Queen Rey "PREPOSTEROUS!", going on to further state that it is "preposterous and wrong that the main character of the movie is not well represented in what is clearly a huge piece of the Star Wars world."
He also dragged Hasbro's mediocre response to criticism about their Rey-less Monopoly set, stating that when he found out about the omission of film lead Rey (played by ONTD Sweetheart Daisy Ridley), he immediately picked up the phone about it and got to yelling.
"I read that she wasn’t in the Monopoly game and was quickly making phone calls about this, because if it were true—and it is true, and now Hasbro, of course, has said they’re going to put Rey in—it doesn’t quite make sense why she wouldn’t be there."
(J.J. Abrams at the TCAs, Officially Not Down With Has Bros)
In other J.J. Abrams news, he also recently addressed criticisms about ONTD Best Film 2015 Award Nominee 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' re-using old plot, last seen in 1977 Carrie Fisher powerhouse 'Star Wars: A New Hope'.
Abrams defended the current James Cameron de-throner against criticism that TFA has similar plot and structure to ANH, saying he understands why some people might call it a "rip-off", and was prepared for some fans to take issue, but that the similarities were important to tell the story.
J.J. reiterated how important it was for him to "introduce brand new characters using relationships that were embracing the history to tell a story that is new - to go backwards to go forwards."
"We inherited Star Wars. The story of history repeating itself was, I believe, an obvious and intentional thing, and the structure of meeting a character who comes from a nowhere desert and discovers that she has a power within her, where the bad guys have a weapon that is destructive but that ends up being destroyed – those simple tenets are by far the least important aspects of this movie, and they provide bones that were well-proven long before they were used in Star Wars."
(J.J. Abrams on Plot Stealing, And Why Those Plot Devices/Tropes Weren't Even Original Then)
Source: JJ on Rey Merchandise and Hasbro.
Source: JJ on The Force Awakens plot similarities.
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