The victim was a huge ‘Star Wars’ fan.
The Change.org campaign was created by Star Wars fan Joshua Yehl, commemorating his best friend Drew Leinonen. “He and I bonded over many things,” writes Yehl, “but nothing brought us together like Star Wars.“
In a heartfelt video message to Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy and Disney boss Bob Iger, Yehl celebrated the diversity of The Force Awakens, and asked that the next film include an LGBT character inspired by Drew Leinonen.
“How this is done—using his likeness, running his name through one of those Star Wars Name Generators, etc.—is totally up to you,” wrote Yehl on the petition site. “You are all masters of your craft, so I know that whatever you come up with will be marvelous.”
Yehl also quoted The Force Awakens director J.J. Abrams, responding to earlier calls for queer representation in the franchise: “The fun of Star Wars is the glory of possibility. So it seems insanely narrow-minded and counterintuitive to say that there wouldn’t be a homosexual character in that world.”
It’s hard to argue with that.
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