Criticize the writing, fine. Criticize the acting, fine. Criticize the storytelling, directing, fight choreography, in-universe continuity, sound, music, special effects, whatever, it's fine!
But there's a lot of telling on ourselves in this thread tossing in complaints of "diversity hire" and "woke agenda." If you're making a criticism that couldn't be applied if the character was straight, white, and male, maybe stop and have a think about why you're having the urge to do that rather than just blurting it out.
And good grief @ the reaction to the behind the scenes "The Talk" with Moses, and Ewen's public defense of her. I swear, every time racism is brought up, a bunch of fragile people become willfully illiterate. I promise you, no one told Moses "most Star Wars fans are racist." I promise you, no one said or even suggested that anyone who criticizes anything about her character is racist.
Quoted from mrm_4:
I watch Star Wars YouTube channels all week long. I never have organically came across someone upset about whatever the buzz issue is. I’m always TOLD “everyone’s upset about (enter race/gender) in Star Wars” and it’s always about a weak shallow character that has a lame role or sucks at acting. Then it’s backed by these SJW accounts that didn’t exist last week with screenshots of like 4 tweets from literal nobodies. It’s always the same song and dance with Disney Star Wars. So annoying. The 3rd Sister is a lame character played by someone who isn’t doing it justice with her acting.
You better like her character no matter what and don’t you question anything or point anything out that says otherwise or you’re a racist misogynist pig.
This post actually nailed what Moses was warned about and what Ewen called out, without realizing it. When they talk about the hate and harassment someone is getting, whether it's Moses Ingram, John Boyega, or Kelly Marie Tran, they aren't talking about disgruntled fan channels on youtube. The racist backlash isn't some video you have to click a link or search up to watch. They are actually 100% talking about mobs of "literal nobodies" sending anonymous hate messages on twitter/insta/whatever directly to their intended victims. Articles about it might only take the time to show you four or ten examples, but there are hundred, sometimes thousands of them. Being nobodies doesn't make it any less horrible to experience or to witness.
Unlikely, because the number of people who actively want to see more diverse representation plus the number of people who aren't bothered in the least by it comfortably outnumber the people who actively get mad when they see people of color and lgbt representation in their SW/LotR/Marvel/whatever.
I mean, did you watch the original trilogy? Luke was always a princess.
Let's be real though, we all know it would be the other way around.