The subset of diehard Star Wars fans who bemoan the "woke" characters and storylines originating from an inclusive standpoint is about to go ballistic over yet another new development within the vast franchise that is otherwise bringing anticipated jubilation.
\u201cBi/ace solidarity is my favorite. \nObi-Wan Kenobi is my favorite. \nToday is my favorite. \n\ud83d\udc9c\ud83e\udd0d\ud83d\udda4\ud83d\udc96\ud83d\udc9c\ud83d\udc99\u201d— Taryn \u27a1\ufe0f SWCL (!) \u2728 (@Taryn \u27a1\ufe0f SWCL (!) \u2728) 1658540896
A new spin-off novel exploring Obi-Wan Kenobi's sexuality is the latest point of contention voiced by the "toxic" Star Wars fandom, a demographic primarily comprised of homophobic, cisgender heterosexual white males.
Padawan is a young adult novel entering the Star Wars canon written by Kiersten White.
The most talked about passage from the novel that was just released on July 26 includes a scene in which a teenage Kenobi–who is apprenticing under Qui-Gon Jinn to become a Jedi knight–discusses topics such as romance and kissing with a boy named Casul.
In the book, Casul tells Kenobi–who is indifferent about romantic relationships:
“I don’t think love is in my future, either, and I’m fine with that. As long as I have the Power to keep my family safe, that’s enough for me."
"Though I will admit I’ve been curious about kissing and why Audj and Zae-Brii enjoy it so much. So if you’re ever curious, too, let me know.”
Kenobi blushes in response, and tells Casul:
“I will. Let you know, I mean. Not that I will do that, right now, with you. Or anyone.”
Twitter user @ewansobi gleefully shared their findings suggesting the character of Kenobi could be interpreted as being on the asexual/aromantic spectrum or bisexual.
\u201c// Padawan book spoilers !!! \n\nHere is the part where Obi-Wan questions his sexuality and talks about being aromantic/bi !! :,)\u201d— mads (@mads) 1658542427
The ambiguous Kenobi goes on to say:
"I would never want to be in a relationship with a leader ... I'm sure if I ever fell in love it would be with someone calm. Peaceful. Easy to get along with."
Another part of the book suggested that Kenobi wanted to be like a certain group of people as opposed to wanting to be romantically linked to them, adding, "Or maybe he wanted to kiss all of them."
@ewansobi added that the character with whom Kenobi was having these conversations identified with he/him pronouns.
\u201cI love fighting people in the comments keep them coming I\u2019m entertained\u201d— mads (@mads) 1658542427
The revelation left toxic fans unhinged.
\u201c@thatstarwarsgrl Disney loves to destroy innocence. I am so heartbroken. Its one insult after another to lore.\u201d— thatstarwarsgirl77 (@thatstarwarsgirl77) 1658934002
\u201c@thatstarwarsgrl In a young adult novel too. It\u2019s also a very sexualised narrative for something meant to be for YA. It\u2019s all more BS indoctrinating and sexualising children!!!!!!\u201d— thatstarwarsgirl77 (@thatstarwarsgirl77) 1658934002
@chelseybcoombs What’s the point of it though. Like why does he need to be Bi it doesn’t make him more interesting… https://t.co/jWCfsL5WmF— My Passion was Playing Football (@My Passion was Playing Football) 1658953524
For those who can't seem to grasp the relevance of Kenobi's sexuality, it has less to do with significant plot advancement and more to do with representation for a marginalized audience.
\u201c@chelseybcoombs Yes! As a fellow bi in a straight presenting relationship, it\u2019s so important to see this in media. That journey of self discovery is so important in figuring out where you may land in whom you are attracted to. Plus, it can change and evolve as you learn more about yourself.\u201d— Chelsey B. Coombs (@Chelsey B. Coombs) 1658926604
\u201c@emtimmins_1 I *wish* I had had media that presented bi and queer people in a positive way growing up - I may have realized I was attracted to people of all genders far earlier than I did instead of burying it below the surface for two decades.\u201d— Chelsey B. Coombs (@Chelsey B. Coombs) 1658926604
\u201cOBI WAN KENOBI BEING BI AROACE IS SO IMPORTANT TO ME IM SO HAPPY ABOUT THIS\u201d— caleb (he/xe) (@caleb (he/xe)) 1658543710
The fact that Kenobi might be canonically LGBTQ+ had many fans cheering for a historical turning point.
\u201cOBI-WAN CANONICALLY CONFIRMED AS BI/ACE IS A WIN FOR THE HISTORY BOOKS!\u201d— \ud83d\udcad (@\ud83d\udcad) 1658553830
\u201cobi-wan being canonically bi aroace is the best thing to happen in 2022 and you can quote me on that\u201d— \ud83d\udc1dani \ud83c\udf19 (@\ud83d\udc1dani \ud83c\udf19) 1658537248
\u201ctoday's fourth aroace character of the day is obi-wan kenobi from star wars !! he is also bi (both implied)\u201d— aroace character otd (@aroace character otd) 1658971627
\u201cobi-wan kenobi. bi or pan. on the ace spectrum. i\u2019m falling to my knees.\u201d— caitlin #lukestan (@caitlin #lukestan) 1658522049
In the animated Clone Wars, series, Kenobi does canonically have a love interest in Mandalorian duchess Satine Kryze.
Although they have never been seen being physically affectionate together, they have declared their love for each another. Some fans have even speculated that Kryze’s “nephew” is their secret lovechild.
But Kenobi's new sexual identity would not negate his feelings for Kryze, despite angry fans arguing it wouldn't be possible for him to still have feelings for her under this new piece of information.
They clearly don't understand the concept of bisexuality or they are too blinded by their homophobic rage to stop and think.
One Twitter user thought the speculation was obvious.
\u201cObi-Wan confirmed queer as if we didnt already know from these alone\u201d— Dilf Enthusiast (@Dilf Enthusiast) 1658549004
Some even thought his sexual identity was already written in the stars.
\u201cobi-wan kenobi having bi in his name twice was not a coincidence i can confirm\u201d— kennedy (@kennedy) 1658568326
\u201cOBI-WAN KENOBI GOT \u201cBI\u201d IN HIS NAME TWICE FOR A REASON!\u201d— din (@din) 1658548577
\u201cThe SW Fandom is wreaking havock about the possibility that Obi Wan might be Bisexual (according to the new Padawan book) \nBut those cowards forget that you can't spell KenoBI without "Bi" \ud83d\ude0c\u201d— Civilised\u2122\ufe0f (@Civilised\u2122\ufe0f) 1659026583
\u201cCorrect me if I'm wrong, but I'm pretty sure his name isn't Ostraight-Wan\u201d— \ud83c\udf34\ud83e\udd8c\uff33\uff59\uff4e\uff54\uff48\uff49\uff4f\ud83e\udd8c\ud83c\udf34\ud83d\udd1cCanFURence (@\ud83c\udf34\ud83e\udd8c\uff33\uff59\uff4e\uff54\uff48\uff49\uff4f\ud83e\udd8c\ud83c\udf34\ud83d\udd1cCanFURence) 1658951770
Jedi sexuality has long been a divided topic among hardcore fans as Jedi are known to be forbidden from "attachment."
However, the franchise creator, George Lucas, has clarified that despite their monastic regime, Jedi were allowed to engage in sex.
"The thing that is forbidden is attachments - and possessive relationships," Lucas confirmed.