As one of the film’s leading stars, it is natural to expect her character to be among those in the new Star Wars merchandise line. It was no surprise then whenfans immediately noticed that Rose was missing from leaked photos of “The Rise of Skywalker” merchandise.
Just a heads up @starwars the glaring lack of Rose Tico merch is really making it look like you caved to a bunch of racist misogynists who already were or weren’t going to buy ur merch regardless of her presence. Sidelining your first woman of color? Really bad look. #wheresrose
The hashtag, which soon became viral, took inspiration from the #WheresRey campaign in 2015 when merchandise for “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” also lacked representation for Rey, the main character of the latest Star Wars trilogy.
Fans saw the decision to not make her a prominent part of the merchandise then as blatant sexism.
I remember #WheresRey around the first Force Friday, but what makes #WheresRose more insidious is all the evidence of where she was designed into merch and then willfully removed. The fan conduct toward Rose/KMT was shameful and catering to those fans sends the worst message pic.twitter.com/D85iLBghos
Others have pointed out that her absence from merchandise and trailers could mean a smaller role for Tran in “The Rise of Skywalker”.
Regardless, fans are seeking answers as to why they aren’t seeing her on any promotional materials even if her role was reduced to a minor part.
Disney, where is Rose Tico?
The @starwars mythos owes so much to pan-asian mysticism & “aesthetic” that minimizing an asian character (one of the few big screen ones that even EXIST) in promo & merch stings in a specific way that other, equally terrible erasure of other POC characters doesn’t #wheresrose
“Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker” stars Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong’o, Domhnall Gleeson, Kelly Marie Tran, Joonas Suotamo, Billie Lourd, Naomi Ackie, Richard E. Grant, Keri Russell, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Ian McDiarmid and Billy Dee Williams.
To set your incorrect assumptions straight, I do not lie and normally do not spend time fueling the fire for conspiracies like this, however Rose has been in the artwork for over 5 months. The latest image was not done as an afterthought. check the dates on image file. cheers https://t.co/A6KpHudYnxpic.twitter.com/ghyFWFAsJ5