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CetaMan wrote: ↑
Non-white leads are something where the only ones who care are probably those who are going to have an issue, the vast majority of us generally don't care who the lead is as long as it fits.
Hence the notion that Disney is somehow taking "risk" by casting non-white leads is hilarious. Perhaps if Disney actually did it in the 1950s it will be considered risky. But in 2015?
In the 1950s, realistically, it simply wouldn't have happened. America was still segregated
, legally, at the time. Keep in mind that Lt. Uhura on Star Trek (who was not a lead, and was just the communications officer) was a big deal in the '60s.
And even today, their are people who will react with hostility, as we see every time such a casting decision is made. Though they may be counter-balanced by those on the other side who would react with hostility to all-white male leads. I also think that the fact that every major new character except Kylo Ren and the droid was a woman or minority (Rey is a woman, Finn is black, Poe is Latino), is significant. Playing it safe would have been to do just one or two tokens. I'm glad they didn't do that.
But either way, they were courting a measure of controversy with the decision, and risky or not, it was something new in a Star Wars film.