At the Oscars last night C-3PO received a special honor for his pioneering positive portrayal of a gay robot in the original Star Wars trilogy.
Released in 1977, a time when gay robots were portrayed as comic relief at best (K-9 in Doctor Who) and promiscuous and immoral at worst (HAL in 2001: A Space Odyssey), A New Hope showed audiences a robot who was kind, intelligent, multi-faceted, and, of course, totally gay.
“George (Lucas) supported me the whole way,” the teary-eyed robot said onstage in his acceptance speech. “I had this idea of what I wanted the character to be, and I was worried he wouldn’t allow it. This was not a time when people did this. But he stuck by me, and he was nothing but supportive. George, you deserve this award just as much as I do.”
Refuses to comment on Star Wars prequels
Though he was full of praise for Lucas at the Oscars, C-3PO has been more critical in interviews. “I always thought we could do more,” he told Humanity Death Watch earlier this year. “Jedi came out in ‘83, right at the beginning of the AIDS epidemic. I told George we were in a unique position to do some good, but he didn’t want any part of it. I even had a scene sketched out in an Ewok nightclub. It would’ve been tasteful. But George nixed it. It was all politics back then, of course, and Star Wars was his baby, but still.”
When asked about the Star Wars prequels, C-3PO refused to comment, only shaking his head and sighing heavily.
The robot, who has been happily married to Colleen Adams for thirty-seven years, has high hopes for upcoming Star Wars films. “Times are changing, and Disney is changing. Who knows? This character might get even gayer. And I don’t age like human actors, so I’m sticking with this franchise for as long as it takes to see some progress.”
Also at last night’s Oscars, a posthumous award was given to Rosie the Robot from The Jetsons. Though she played a heterosexual maid on screen, in her private life she was a proud lesbian and staunch proponent of gay rights.
Photo credit: “The first duty in life is to be as artificial as possible.” by JD Hancock, licensed under CC 2.0