Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Clone Wars' Ziro Appeal

As if there wasn't enough to turn you off about this Friday's Star Wars: The Clone Wars, now MTV.com is reporting that the computer animated feature introduces a lavender-hued, cross-dressing alien slug that talks like Truman Capote.

Ziro the Hutt, uncle of Jabba the Hutt, is "a new character introduced specifically for the upcoming (Cartoon Network) animated series ... a gay stereotype that makes what Jar Jar Binks represented to the island of Jamaica look subtle by comparison." Furthermore, it was all George Lucas' idea.

Lucas lackey/Clone Wars director Dave Filoni then goes on to insist that Ziro is not gay, but "biologically asexual". Oh sure, I can just hear all the kids who see this flamboyant character say, "he's so biologically asexual".

Note: MTV.com spells the character's name "Zero the Hutt", but it is listed as "Ziro the Hutt" on both Imdb.com and Wookieepedia.

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