Rose, from The Last Jedi is said to be the most hated Star Wars character since Jar Jar Binks. So perhaps I will ruffle a few tail feathers when I say she was my favorite character from the movie. I often say this on forums I frequent related to Geek culture (I am indeed a Geek, but you knew that) and my comments are often taken ironically. Which is really funny for me. I say how much I enjoyed her character and watch the “lol!” as if I was poking fun but I wasn’t. I can’t seem to convince anyone that my affection for the character is real.
[epq-quote align=”align-right”]”We’re going to win this war, not by fighting what we hate, but saving what we love.”[/epq-quote]Though I normally keep away from pop culture and movies here this one is different because of the reason I love the character Rose. She represents the potential in all of us to stand up for liberty and justice despite her low station. She’s not important. She’s basically the galactic equivalent of a pipe-fitter. When she has her first run-in with a real hero, someone who has stories told about them, she is awe-struck. Wow, a real life hero. But when that hero tries to do something she doesn’t think is right she isn’t blinded by his legend nor does she assign to him any greater importance of privilege about doing what’s right than anyone else. She electrocutes the crap out of Finn and drags his sorry butt back to where it belongs.
She then goes on an adventure and shows that a person can be anti-war but still engage in war if that is what’s required to gain freedom back for people. In the end she saves a friend’s life. She says the line that some have considered sappy but I think is a real call, “We’re going to win this war, not by fighting what we hate, but saving what we love.” This is true in my mind. We aren’t going to win liberty if all we do is talk about how much we hate socialism, hate communism, hate antifa. We have to talk about what we love, liberty, individualism, choice, true justice, unalienable rights. These things inspire far more than hatred does.
Rose stands up for what’s right, regardless of who she’s faced with, and doesn’t consider her job a reflection of her own place in doing what’s right. She respects liberty and is no respecter of persons and she kicks butt and takes names but when needed has the compassion she needs. For me, if there is a message to The Last Jedi it’s that you don’t have to be “somebody” to make a difference and stand up for what is right. When we talk about the real world and the liberty movement that’s exactly what we need. In the end, no matter how much you like Ron Paul, he is NOT going to save the day. YOU ARE. WE ARE.
Source of Inspiration:
Tran speaks about her Star Wars persona with obvious affection, adding that some of the praise that’s meant the most has come from people drawn to her because they, too, might do crucial yet less visible work behind the scenes: “Every movement has people like Rose.”