Before you get defensive seeing your beloved Padmé front and center in a piece with cultural appropriation in the title, know this: I am nisei Japanese American and am descended from a samurai family, Kato. When I watched Star Wars as a three year old I had no inclination of what seeing Darth Vader and the Jedi on screen should’ve meant to me culturally. But many Americans of color do have that connection to seeing something of their culture in these films. And yet there are very few creatives and actors of color writing, designing, and acting out these elements. Using pieces of marginalized cultures without crediting or including them in the creative process, and THEN profiting off of them is a problem much of Hollywood has, but we are all about Star Wars here at #SWRepMatters. Also, if we were talking about more than one franchise you would be reading for hours, as this would include a large volume of examples (And honestly, it still could).