The New Mutants director Josh Boone has slammed Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker for its weak attempt at LGBT+ representation.
The Star Wars sequel, released in 2019, featured two unnamed female characters kissing in the background of a celebratory scene. It was widely seen as a sign of progress for a franchise that had never featured an LGBT+ storyline. But many fans were left disappointed by the blink-and-you’ll-miss-it moment, with some questioning why the franchise had failed to offer meaningful representation.
Josh Boone, director of X-Men spin-off The New Mutants, lambasted the moment in an interview with TooFab, calling it “the most embarrassing” example of queer representation. “It was just somebody in the background and [the filmmakers] were like, ‘We’ll put out articles as if this is something you should pay attention to’.” he said.