Bonds of friendship, family, and allyship cut across social divisions and bring us into relationships with people who have different experiences from us.
Finn was the black man who was introduced as the male lead to one of the biggest movie franchises of all time. He, and his fans, deserved a lot better.
Rey reflects Han, Luke, and Leia's choices and values. And that makes her worthy to be their comrade and the heir to their legacy.
Ultimately, the movie respects its characters, and that's what's most important.
I dislike toxic masculinity in heroes, but am much more tolerant of it in supporting characters. Why?
Finally, the Star Wars sequel we’ve been waiting for!