Sybil's "Hollywood Hysterical Histories"!... Homophobia! Even in a Galaxy Not So Long Ago, or Far Away...

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Friends, we all like to think that the folks that make our movies are openminded and progressive, but it's time for all of us to face the reality of Hollywood's hidden homophobia! Case in point; the immensely successful, lucrative, and beloved Star Wars franchise which has now continued into dozens of spin-offs, sequels, and product licensing. Did you know that the new robot-character, BB8, a jolly, rotund re-imagining of the iconic R2D2, was originally a very different and flamboyant addition to the cast? BB8 was created as an openly gay intergalactic hairdresser-florist-wedding-cake-baker-party-planner with multi-directional laser capabilities, and full cosmetic application tools and attachments. BB8 was designed to arrange, host, and accessorize any gala or planetary festival while still disintegrating any wedding-crashers, drunken in-laws, or "bug-people". Sadly, George Lucas felt that the little robot was too flamboyant and... "faggy" during early audience testing. He was replaced by the more streamlined and "reserved" model, although the producers offered that his new orange striping was still "very festive". And his high-pitched voice kept him "child-like"...

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