I knew there was trouble on June 3rd 2015 when Marvel comics announced that Han Solo had an ex-wife in its comic #6 issue. I didn’t want to believe it, but after later seeing The Force Awakens, I am 100% sure that what I was watching Disney do was on the scale of the old medieval churches in Europe re-writing history with their printing of Bibles to control the mass population through religion. Star Wars was becoming something of a religion around the world, and now that the Disney Corporation had paid 4 billion dollars for it they were taking great liberties with very important characters in an attempt to change their original meaning to the overall story. They didn’t have to, because the property had already been developed by George Lucas over three decades into a positive household name with no signs of abating. Even more alarming was that Han’s revisionist wife was a black woman named Sana Solo proving that Disney was more interested in establishing progressive values in their ownership of Star Wars instead of just continuing the story that so many loved. Disney was deliberately smearing the market impression that Han Solo had on the Star Wars stories and they were doing it not to be more successful, but because they wanted to change the meaning and mythic impact of the overall story arc. That is why if you were listening to WAAM today at 1 PM in the afternoon, you would have heard Matt Clark and I dismantling Disney’s ownership of the Star Wars franchise. If you missed it, you can hear it again here and above this paragraph in two parts:
I am quite a believer that the Bible has been revised to such an extent by political forces over the years that it has lost much of its original meaning—so I don’t trust it. One fine example is the missing Book of Enoch which would have been an important part of Genesis. It is not considered by Jews and many other Christian groups to be part of the Biblical “canon” and knowing that one can only wonder what else has been left out, or added to the stories that have made three of the world’s religions, Jews, Christians and Muslims. Like it or not, Star Wars has become something of a religion. Another few hundred years and it will likely have more influence over mass populations than Christianity does today—and that all starts with these seemingly simple stories being shown in our lifetime. So it concerned me greatly when Han Solo was introduced in Marvel #6 with a black wife—which I didn’t believe at the time. My wife and I talked about it a bit, I was then involved in a large motorcycle accident which soaked up a lot of time and attention. I was also involved in a massive international project that was taking a lot of time. But my concern was so great that I stopped buying Star Wars merchandise at that moment. I had been reading the books and comics to alleviate the daily pressure associated with my life. But upon the release of Star Wars #6 under Marvel Comics, I stopped, immediately.
When Marvel took over the comics which were supposedly Pablo Hidalgo approved from the Star Wars story group six months earlier from Dark Horse I was curious that they didn’t show a desire to connect the story material between the two publishing conglomerates. I didn’t let that bother me too much because comics I don’t consider to be as important as novels—especially the New York Times bestselling books that had taken over the Star Wars canon for two decades in a really positive way. But under Disney’s ownership of Marvel they had introduced a black woman to be Han Solo’s wife in an effect to emphasize negative character traits of one of the most popular characters in Star Wars. Solo was a white guy superman type of character, so I wondered if Disney’s direction was a political one. Later when I saw The Force Awakens, it clarified it emphatically. Disney had revised the Star Wars canon personally created by George Lucas to make the stories more progressive politically. They were essentially destroying a major character for the sake of editing the impact the character had on established mythology. This was equivalent to the way that progressives have attacked Thomas Jefferson as a real historic figure with the Sally Hemings allegations, or to attack Jesus and his relationship with Mary Magdalene, the prostitute in the Bible who traveled with Jesus and was there at his execution. We have witnessed revised history taking place in our public schools and colleges for the purpose of erasing history and now it was happening in Star Wars—an entertainment property that was just supposed to be for fun. Yet Disney was purposely destroying the character of Han Solo because of the impact he had on so many fans as being a very strong, and reliable character. My suspicions were confirmed at the beginning of September when a gay character was included in the new Star Wars novel Aftermath, which I reported a warning to Disney upon release. CLICK HERE TO REVIEW.
I’m not against black characters in Star Wars, or even alternative sexual types. However, Star Wars has always been an updated western, a space opera intended to communicate mythic stories that propelled our society with foundation philosophies. Until Star Wars comic #6, then the novel Aftermath followed by the confirmation of all my concerns with the movie The Force Awakens, I felt I could trust Lucasfilm with a story canon that was personally managed by George Lucas. I could read a story in a book or comic and believe that it had meaning to the overall collection of stories that had been canon until the Disney acquisition of Lucasfilm from George Lucas. Now in a very short time, Disney didn’t even try to cover their intentions with subtlety. They disrespected the long-time fans so much that they counted on sheer numbers to justify their collective activism of taking a deeply traditional story like Star Wars and turning it into a progressive mess. Disney was showing itself to be much more interested in selling the politics of the Obama White House than in just telling a story set in a galaxy far far away. Disney was promoting gay sex and interracial marriages over protecting the value of what made Star Wars successful to begin with. So for me, the only Star Wars canon is the one that took place before Disney took over. The last official book in the Star Wars canon under the guidance of George Lucas was the very good book The Crucible. It takes place 45 years after the Battle of Yavin in the film A New Hope. After watching A Force Awakens, which takes place around 15 years earlier I had thought that there was some time travel going on that gave the Star Wars story group an out if things went wrong with their progressive activism, but I’m now convinced that it’s too late. Disney executives have made progressive concepts their priority which has ruined Star Wars forever, they can’t go back now—they are too committed. Here is how The Crucible went and is officially the way that Han Solo and the other characters of the George Lucas canon rode off into the sunset of storytelling.
When Han and Leia Solo arrive at Lando Calrissian’s Outer Rim mining operation to help him thwart a hostile takeover, their aim is just to even up the odds and lay down the law. Then monstrous aliens arrive with a message, and mere threats escalate into violent sabotage with mass fatalities. When the dust settles, what began as corporate warfare becomes a battle with much higher stakes–and far deadlier consequences.
Now Han, Leia, and Luke team up once again in a quest to defeat a dangerous adversary bent on galaxy-wide domination. Only this time, the Empire is not the enemy. It is a pair of ruthless geniuses with a lethal ally and a lifelong vendetta against Han Solo. And when the murderous duo gets the drop on Han, he finds himself outgunned in the fight of his life. To save him, and the galaxy, Luke and Leia must brave a gauntlet of treachery, terrorism, and the untold power of an enigmatic artifact capable of bending space, time, and even the Force itself into an apocalyptic nightmare.
I have praised George Lucas often because I think he’s a great filmmaker. He is too liberal for me, but I respect him greatly. He does have a black wife, which I don’t think is a big deal and he supports Obama. I gave high praise for his film Red Tails because it was an important story that needed to be told. When he sold Star Wars to Disney he did it because he was 70 and wanted to retire—but he had a massive company with over 2000 employees. It would have been better for Star Wars if Lucas would have just maintained control of his property, but then he couldn’t just let his employees rot—at least in his mind. So he sold Star Wars to a corporation he thought might preserve it, and washed his hands of the responsibility of being a major employer. I can understand all that. I thought it was a good move so long as Disney respected what George Lucas had built.
There is a lot more of George Lucas in Han Solo than in any other character I think. I’m sure George would say that he’s Artoo Detoo, or Yoda and that Star Wars is all about Luke Skywalker. But Han Solo is the old drag racer that Lucas used to be—and in many ways still is. I have read hundreds of Star Wars novels, most of them have Han Solo in the stories so I know the character very well—and he’s what George Lucas wanted to be. And let me say, Han Solo would have never had a wife during A New Hope. He had a long time girlfriend who was a drug addict prior to meeting Princess Leia, but he was not a sleep around. He wanted to be as far away from attachments as possible to protect himself from the obligation of maintaining those relationships and violating his opportunities for freedom. He wanted nothing more to limit his loyalties to his Wookie friend Chewbacca and to travel the galaxy in his hot rod Millennium Falcon. Much of his gruffness toward others was an act, just as he deliberately kept the Millennium Falcon looking like a wreck to disguise the power within it—the ship was the embodiment of Han Solo himself. Solo would have never had a wife, and once he did, he would have never left her. Han Solo is not the kind of character who gets drunk on Nar Shaddaa and wakes up with a wife. Han Solo was the embodiment of all the cowboys that George Lucas grew up loving as a kid, and he created a character that modern kids could look up to. That’s why he was always my favorite character, so it was very easy for me to see the revisionist history that Disney was attempting to perform without getting caught. Only, they got caught. I know too much about all this stuff not to see it. I know Star Wars not just from the surface but the structure of it—where it all started from the perspective of the Joseph Campbell Foundation. I was a member way back when George Lucas was on the Board with Campbell’s wife Jean running things. I’m not just a fan boy who didn’t want to see Han Solo killed in The Force Awakens. I’ve studied history and I know the impact of mythology, and why politics seeks to capture stories to control mass populations. That’s what Disney is doing with Han Solo, destroying him so that they can rebuild him in a progressive way to satisfy their political activism.
Star Wars fans really want to like The Force Awakens. I’m one of them. My opinions as of now are in the extreme minority. Just like a religion, when people find out something is wrong with a mythic device that contains all their foundation thoughts, people tend to get defensive—and some of that could be heard on the broadcast I did with Matt Clark on WAAM radio. But being in the minority does not make me wrong. A million fools cannot erase a truth and what Disney is doing will bite them in the ass—because they are changing essential portions of the Star Wars mythology to satisfy current political concerns. But those concerns will change over the next 60 years and these gay subplots will seem silly to future readers—especially when they seek out the original stories under George Lucas and compare the activism that occurred under Disney. Disney could have made a lot of money and done something really good by just leaving Star Wars alone and letting the profits from the endeavor follow. But they chose to be activists politically—for progressive reasons. Executives at Lucasfilm and Disney looked at Han Solo and noticed that he was a strong, traditional white male, and they wanted to dirty him up. So they gave him a wife that he was cheating on, and she was a woman of color to make her more of a victim. Then they had Han leave Leia in A Force Awakens to return to smuggling as if that was all Han Solo was ever good for without his marriage to a woman of stature and prestige. They purposely muddied up the character to make a point and create more social diversity because that is their value system. And that is why the Star Wars stories for me ended with The Crucible, a New York Times bestseller that has as much value to me as the novel Lord of the Rings, or The Bridges of Madison County. Disney by corporate design to elevate minorities, gays, and women in their stories to appear more diverse, politically, took the strongest character in the Star Wars mythology and erased his essence with a revised canon that makes him into a scumbag more relatable to modern audiences. We are living in an age where a lot of children cannot relate to a Han Solo type, a man who stays with his wife and is loyal to a fault. So Disney tried to weaken the character to appeal to younger audiences—but all they did was cause trouble for themselves. I’m not the only fan who will reject their product. Many others over the years to come will follow and Disney will only have themselves to blame.
For me this whole exercise has provided proof of something I’ve long suspected, that mythologies over time are radically redesigned by politics in all cultures to justify the failures of social mismanagement. The Bible has certainly been altered over the years to reflect the values of the Roman Empire, and the churches of Europe who wanted to use religion as a natural extension of that imperial control. Modern progressives are trying constantly to re-write history from the vantage point of the conquered Indian to erase the merits of cowboy capitalism in the West. And China prohibits proper archaeological study of their many pyramid-shaped mounds to suppress the real history of their ancient culture. Those are just a few examples. And right in front of our faces we have watched Disney revise something in our lifetimes in spite of the many witnesses. I read just the other day a defense of the movie A Force Awakens straying from the original plots created in the Expanded Universe by declaring that Solo had a wife in the EU. No, Solo did not have a wife under the EU. That plot device was created six months before the release of the 2015 Disney film to justify why Solo left Princess Leia after Return of the Jedi to become a typical white, American male—a Homer Simpson loser who can’t keep his pants on, and is unreliable to family life. In Disney’s desire to make Star Wars more accessible to women, and minorities, they have deliberately tampered with what made Han Solo one of the most popular characters in the saga—and they did it out of political activism, not intellectual necessity.
Rich “Cliffhanger” Hoffman
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