Let me start this post by saying that I, Maddie Myers, has red hair. This is a dye job on my natural golden-blonde, referred to by some as “strawberry blond,” based on the steps of the natural bleach job I get from the summer sun.
You can check out my Instagram and make up your mind how angry you want to be with me for the fact that I personally think it’s funny to replace the word “Jedi” with the word “ginger”. Star Wars Jedi: Survivor,
Many fans call Cal Kestis “boringcharacter, but I disagree. She’s soft-spoken, but spunky — not cheeky like Nathan Drake, perhaps, but bless her for it, because that filth can be irritating. And he’s got something that few other (maybe zero??) Star Wars leading men have. I’m talking about his hair.
In video games, it is very common for female characters to have red hair, often an unrealistically vibrant shade of crimson. This includes the default female version of Commander Shepard in the Mass Effect trilogy, as well as Joanna Dark. perfect dark, or – more recently – Aloy at Horizon Games. Of those famous examples, Aloy is the only one whose red hair appears to be natural; Also, she has got freckles.
It’s also more common in the Star Wars world to see female redheads instead of dudes – Mon Mothma and Aura Sing, for example. Among the male cast, there’s Domhnall Gleeson as Hux, but of course, Hux is no hero.
Similarly, in video games, male redheads—let alone freckled gingers—rarely become the protagonists. there is reno from final fantasy 7, a side character and a bit of a bad boy. secondary protagonist in Atreus God of war ragnarok Has red hair, but it’s not as vibrant as Reno’s. Then there’s Ganondorf, a problematic caveman. All three are trickster types of color, Atreus being the most heroic of the bunch… though he also goes by “Loki”. (Cal Kestis actor Cameron Monaghan himself played a trickster villain Gotham,
but in Star Wars Jedi: SurvivorCal Kestis is a hero – no question! – and he was in Jedi: Fallen Order, Very. I loved that Cal was a redhead then, and I still love it now. Is it a form of representation that I think is really a big deal? No. Prejudice against redheads and gingers exists, but some would claim it is a significant social ill. Still, Kailh’s hair is something that makes her a little different from the norm. From what I can recall, no one in the games ever talks about his hair, or his other ginger-adjacent traits (freckles, translucent eyelids, etc.). And because he’s so unusual, both as a ginger leading man and specifically in the Star Wars world, I personally enjoy replacing the word “Jedi” with “ginger.”
The Star Wars Jedi games are set in the wake of Order 66, so the Jedi have all been murdered – except for a precious few who have escaped captivity like Cal. There are some clear cultural analogies to Order 66 from the history of our world. However, discrimination against ginger is not one of them.
Unfortunately, my fun is cut short now that I’ve learned that someone made a mod for Star Wars Jedi: Survivor Joe dyes Cal’s hair. In a now-deleted Twitter thread, Monaghan responded with frustration at the existence of such a mod. According to Popculture.com’s article about their thread, they wrote: “Seriously, is ginger hating still a thing? We’d be one of the only groups where being born or looking a certain way is our responsibility.” Dirt up above isn’t taboo, is it? He then retracted the statement, saying the thread was a “light-hearted joke” and continued: “People who look outside of the norm are awful. Redheads are awesome. If anyone tells you that you are not great because you differ from what is considered ‘the norm’, know that you rock.
That’s a nice attitude in Monaghan’s last post, even though it was deleted. and if someone makes a mod for it Star Wars Jedi: Survivor He replaces the word “JD” with “ginger,” just… maybe don’t tell Cameron Monaghan.