Think about the droids: they’re obviously sentient, are depicted as having emotions, form friendships. They are, in effect, people. Yet they’re treated as indentured servants at best, even by the good guys: Poe is referred to as BB-8’s “master”. If the movie had put a flesh-and-blood creature in that kind of position, the unacceptable connotations would be obvious.
It’s what I think of every time I watch anything Star Wars- R2 is clearly intelligent, and C3PO is sapient, though I don’t know if I’d call him intelligent.1 Apparently xenoethics were never invented in that galaxy?
- I have a deep dislike of a robot that’s that much of an idiot all the time. ↩