A video online recently went viral of award-winning director Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy, the new director of an upcoming Star Wars film, at a panel at the Women In The World telling the audience that she "enjoys making ment uncomfortable" with her work, a trend that is likely to continue under her direction of the new Star Wars film.
"What is the balance of activating a force for change but also trying to permit that patriarchy, that power structure, and is that a part of the calculation of your art as well, and what's been the reaction to that?" the host of the panel asked.
"Oh, absolutely. I like to make men uncomfortable. I enjoy making men uncomfortable," Obaid-Chinoy said in response. "You know, it is important to be able to look into the eyes of a man and say 'I am here' and recognize that. Recognize that I am working to bring something that makes you uncomfortable, and it should make you uncomfortable because you need to change your attitude. It is only when you are uncomfortable, when you are shifty, when you have to have difficult conversations that you will perhaps look at yourself in the mirror and not like the reflection and then say maybe there is something wrong with the way that I think or maybe there is something wrong with the way I am addressing this issue."
The statement received immediate pushback from many online, with Daily Wire podcast host Matt Walsh writing, "This movie is destined to be Disney's biggest flop yet." The film in question was revealed at the Star Wars Celebration in London last year and is expected to be released in 2026. Following the announcement, the director explained that it was "about time" that a woman shaped the blockbuster franchise.
"I'm very thrilled about the project because I think what we're about to create is something very special. We're in 2024 now, and I think it's about time that we had a woman come forward to shape the story in a galaxy far, far away," she said to CNN host Kristie Lu Stout, as reported by Fox News Digital.
As Disney continues to embrace the woke agenda that has come to dominate the box office in recent years, Americans have been increasingly turned off by its products, with eight of its releases seeing considerable underperformance compared to previous years, as reported by The New York Post. Some of the year's biggest flops for the Walt Disney Company included 'Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania,' 'The Marvels,' the remake of 'The Little Mermaid,' and 'Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny.' With the direction that Star Wars is going under directors like Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy, it is likely that the once mighty franchise will be added to the list of box-office disasters.
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