when u get online before ur friend and there’s big news in ur fandom
Tomorrow: Gonna buy shoes for work. Maybe get a hair cut. Paint.
EXCITING DAY IN THE LIFE OF ME.
Oh and I left my paintbrushes with Lee...
That’s it, my NaNo MC is officially a six-foot parthenogenic lizard assassin
dang why do people gotta be like that. But man that thing you said...
I think what breaks my heart most about the Clones is that
the narrative never seems to notice how monstrous it was to do this to them
We don’t see or hear of many, or any, Jedi or even just Republic voices regarding the ethics of this
We see basically brainwashing and indoctrination and are told this is normal and natural and important to make them superior products
When, in our real world there are people who are objectified and encouraged to become superior products (or are condemned to be inferior, or both) themselves— and there is anger that shakes the entire world despite not being the anger of people in power or in charge.
There are no voices that last
There is no fight for them
The death of the Jedi at their (and Sith) hands is framed to be tragic
But the clones have been dead, or at least unalive the whole length of the war. They were born to die and raised never having lived, and only can snatch a glimmer of life if someone manages to be kind to them— random chance.
We are supposed to feel horrified and cry for the people who unironically used them as products, when they die
And we are supposed to feel horrified and angry at the people who unironically commissioned them to be products, when they live
But we, the viewers, do not get many glimpses into anger that ought to be rampant in the galaxy that the clones are the only legal Republic slaves. And when we do, that anger, and those voices, are stopped by the very people we’re supposed to admire and respect.
It would be something if this was all purposeful
But the writers know who the important people are in the universe they’ve made
And so the clones do, too.
And it’s not them.
It’s not them.
Okay it might be hard to swallow as an external viewer but this is not unrealistic. Humans (and thus all star wars species, since their sentience is based on humans) are all too keen to ‘other’ those that they benefit from. All you need is a pervasive narrative that the ‘other’ knows no different, is not unhappy with their lot, is made for x horrid thing. Look, the majority of people on this planet think nothing of animals dying for food for humans because it’s “necessary” (despite plenty of research to the contrary), because animals ‘aren’t like us’ because they’re ‘born for this’ and ‘born to die’ and ‘aren’t as intelligent’…any of the things that could be said in defense of eating meat can be said about the average person’s defense of using clone troopers. It’s taken decades for even the idea that killing animals is wrong when we easily have other options…to even penetrate the ideology of people as a whole…. and even if they know about the arguments, most people wont accept it because meat is convenient for them, they get some benefit from it (tastes good). Likewise with clones, if clones are out there fighting a war and keeping the baddies away, who is going to stand up and say its wrong? The citizen benefits from looking the other way, so they will. And they are given a license to do it without feeling bad because the culture tells them its okay (just like eating cow meat. Eating dog and cat meat will get you in social trouble though because the social narrative of dogs and cats actually rightly recognizes their personhood because we’ve taken the time to get to know them personally). Do you think the media tells them clones are just like them? Of course not. The media is going to tell the citizens clones are essentially programmed soldiers so that their use wont enter the consciousness of the people. Just like the narrative of cows and chickens and pigs being stupid, despite reality being different.
There are probably people out there who see the truth of it and are outraged…. but their voices are going to be utterly drowned out by the vast majority who don’t give a damn because its convenient not to.
To the OP: the writers are fully aware of what they are doing with our emotions as you described, and there is a purpose behind it. It is to call our attention to real life parallels, like what spica-tea wrote. Because there are so many beings in our world who have in the past, and are now, being treated as if they are not as important as others, when in fact they are just as important from their point of view. They want to live just as much. They, like the clones, often only have respect and love from others like them, and not from those who are using them, although those people might believe they respect them after a fashion (like people saying they are grateful to the animal for sacrificing its life so they could eat it, and that supposedly makes the killing okay). Even Fives was only really admired by other clones, to everyone else he was just another clone, and his death was inconsequential to the minds of the jedi. Even if a clone is among the best, if it’s more convenient for them to die, then they will be killed, like racehorses who are slaughtered when they can’t race anymore. When they cease to serve a purpose to the ones who think themselves superior, then any respect those “superiors” might think they have for the “lesser” vanishes, and the being (in this case, clones) is allowed to die. And yes, even people who are otherwise good people, like the Jedi, even great Jedi like YODA, can be completely blind to how they are perpetrating this horrible system, because it’s just “the way things are”. Someday people will look on animal slaughter for convenience’s sake with the same disgust as most of us do now on slavery. But the power of these stories, and what the writers are trying to tell us, is lessened when we don’t realize that the writers aren’t just doing this for shock value, or to play with our feelings for no particular reason. They are drawing inspiration from real life, and the ways people trick themselves into thinking they’re not guilty of injustice.
The reason we don’t get many glimpses of public outrage over this, is because realistically there would be very little. The silence means that the viewer must come to the conclusion of what is right or wrong on their own, without having a hero from the “normal” sentient races championing the clones’ cause. The point is that the writers are paralleling real life so closely that if we want to close our eyes to the clones’ personhood, like the Jedi do, then we can. We can argue that it’s okay, because the Jedi aren’t bothered. But the point is that we have a choice, and we can choose to embrace our discomfort with the whole idea, and realize that even if the Jedi don’t see what we do, that doesn’t mean we are wrong for feeling angry at how the clones are used. Just like how in real life, we can’t rely on role models to tell us what is right or wrong, because they can be just as blind to what is really going on.
people say ‘I love you’ in a lot of different ways
'get some sleep'
'here have my fries'
'Im gonna draw you something'
'here I got you some shit'
'listen to this song and imagine your otp dying in each other's arms'
Well, now I’m going to have “girls don’t like boys girls like swarms of lizards” stuck in my head for three days again
can i read this nano when you’re done