I saw the tweets about this today, and I was like oh yeah, I remember hearing about that.
And then I saw the pictures and just— wow. What it would have meant to have these women in the movie, all this time. I can’t properly articulate it but it’s hitting me unexpectedly hard.
Wow thats a shame, even a nice old lady too. These Space Valkyries should have been left in.
They really should have.
I lived, ate, and breathed Star Wars from age 2 until 2005 when RotS finally beat the enthusiasm out of me, and I have NEVER, EVER in all my reading on behind-the-scenes and makings-of heard of these shots. It’s a shame there was no relaunched edit of the original trilogy they could have slipped these in OH FUCKING WAIT THERE’S BEEN LIKE 3 OF THOSE NOW.
Fuck. FUCK. Whoever decided to edit out and bury these needs to french kiss an angle grinder.
I want to see the old lady in the A-Wing. Seriously, it’s like, she’s somebody’s grandma. Some kid in the Outer Rim Territories got greased by the Empire for seeing something she wasn’t supposed to see, and her grandma, the bush pilot, decided “Fuck this, I’m gonna strap on an fighter and make the Empire fucking PAY for the moment it decided to fuck with MY FAMILY.”
DON’T. MESS. WITH. GRANDMA.
These are quickly being put into the “always reblog” category.
Whenever there is a war, there are women who are warriors. Then they get erased from history. Happens in real wars and fictional ones alike.
Men talk about war more than women. Usually, men would rather hear the feats of other men because they identify more with them. As such, media discussing war is marketed towards men. Big fucking surprise.
This isn’t anyone being erased: Its women not talking about women as much as men talk about men.
Why aren’t you talking about Lyudmila Pavlichenko? — a sniper who ran from building to building and held back a platoon of nearly 2000 men alone with a single rifle, switching from position to position to fool them? She has 309 kills and is the most successful sniper in all of world history.
Or Anna Yegorova? — a WWII Sturmovik pilot who redefined dogfighting and became a heroine of the soviet union?
Jacqueline Cochran, one of the most accomplished pilot in all of world history who formed the ATA and made air-racing mainstream?
Nancy Wake: A badass spy and saboteur and resistance commander who survived four days of Gestapo interrogation, saved over two hundred downed Allied pilots from falling into the clutches of the Nazi penal system, blew up a couple German supply depots, had a bounty of five million Francs placed on her head, and then killed an SS stormtrooper with her bare hands by apparently dishing out a hardcore Austin Powers judo chop to the throat?
I bet you don’t even know any of these names.
Discussions of war in terms of culture has been a masculine hobby. What you’re asking is the same as the way men and women’s magazines inherently differ.
You’d be outraged if a man said he was infuriated that Cosmo didn’t talk about issues relevant to him like body building, fast cars, fighter jets, men who accomplish cool stuff, cool technology and tittering like children over who’s hot and who’s not the same way women do — but over women. You’d say its not his territory, wouldn’t you?
This isn’t about men or women: This is about people talking about who they identify with the most. This is why you saw those pilots and you felt included.
Do you seriously think in 1977 that the public (not just men but other women) thought women honestly gave a shit about science fiction? The fact they shot this footage means they wanted to be progressive and 20th Century Fox (who financed and released it) said nobody wanted to see that. You want to complain? Complain about Fox, NOT LucasArts.
They were victims of executive medelling!
Marketing strikes again!
Interests have diversified hugely but if you want male dominated hobbies to discuss this stuff, you have to actually start the conversation and name names and talk about feats instead of complaining and everybody else doing it for you.