emember in Star Wars: The Force Awakens when Rey blasted through the sand, saved Finn’s life multiple times in the span of minutes, and piloted the Millennium Falcon off the planet of Jakku all by herself? Apparently, Hasbro doesn’t.
Instead of including Rey in their newest Star Wars game, they’ve reneged on the promise they made to a little girl and chosen a path of blatant sexism instead. Cool.*
*SO NOT COOL
Hasbro left Rey — inarguably the main protagonist of Star Wars: The Force Awakens — out of the Star Wars version of Monopoly, citing “insufficient interest.”
The Chicago Tribune reported that Hasbro made the Rey piece for the Star Wars Monopoly game and sold it in several international markets but didn’t release it in the U.S. “due to insufficient interest.”
Yeah, insufficient interest in not being a misogyny perpetuating monster company, I guess.
This announcement comes 18 months after Hasbro received this devastating letter from one badass little girl.
At the time, they promised Rey would be included in the game. They legit promised.
Because how can you argue with the sentiment that “girls matter?”
You can’t. What you can do, apparently, is make a vow to an eight-year-old girl, then claim you were crossing your fingers behind your back the whole time and choose to be way sexist instead.
Not a good look, Hasbro.
You can email Hasbro customer service and request the Rey piece, but that’s not really the point, is it?
The point is that Rey more than carries that movie. She’s a hero and a role model, and kids of all genders deserve to be able to buy real estate on planets or whatever using a tiny version of her body.*
*I’ve never played Star Wars Monopoly, but this is what I assume you do.
The really messed up part of this (aside from Hasbro “Psych!-ing” a little girl), is that this far from the first time main movie characters who happen to be female have been left out of movie merchandise.
Rey herself was not included in action figure collections for Star Wars: The Force Awakens long before this Monopoly debacle, prompting the hashtag, #WheresRey.
It’s beyond absurd that it’s 2017 and this is still happening.
The answer is yes. Seeing that Rey discovered and flew the Millennium Falcon herself in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, I’d say yeah, she should have been part of the toy set.
I’m having trouble typing because of the pure rage that’s filling my eyeballs.
And Rey’s not even the only Star Wars character to get the sexist snub!
Oh, there are no Princess Leia products? You mean General Organa, one of the Rebel Alliance’s most powerful leaders?
But I’m getting away from the point. Even if Leia was “just” a princess, she’d deserve as much merch action (figures) as Han Solo and Luke Skywalker. There is no Star Wars without Princess Leia. Period.