Did Disney erase a character from “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker” merch?

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Disney released a variety of Star Wars merchandise as part of Triple Force Friday last week. But it wasn’t long before fans began noticing that something wasn’t right. It was pointed out that Disney has seemingly erased one character from several Rise of Skywalker merchandise items, and fans aren’t happy.

Rose Tico, played by Kelly Marie Tran and first introduced in  Star Wars: The Last Jedi, is reportedly missing from Rise of Skywalker merchandise. Several have pointed out that she was previously seen on merchandise items that were previewed earlier this year. But now, those same items have apparently been edited and reproduced without Tran’s character.

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Credit: Lucasfilm

One Twitter user and popular YouTuber Jenny Nicholson pointed out that Rose was missing, comparing the scenario to the #WheresRey phenomenon that occurred a few years ago. In case you missed it, fans had noticed back during the first Force Friday in 2015 that Daisy Ridley’s character, Rey, hadn’t been included in a lot of  Star Wars merchandise items. The #WheresRey hashtag took the internet by storm, and Disney later seemingly added Rey to numerous merchandise items.

Now, as fans are pointing out, another female Star Wars character seems to have been edited out of merchandise items, and #WheresRose is the latest Star Wars trend in the Twitter universe.

Take a look at the merchandise in question below, in which two shirts display what seems to be a before-and-after look with and without Rose:

Whether or not you’d rather buy the “Rebel” t-shirt with Rose front and center, it’s undeniable that she was a main character in The Last Jedi and she’s expected to have a role in The Rise of Skywalker. Removing her from a t-shirt that looks like it was meant to include most of the major characters in the upcoming movie is pretty strange, but not entirely surprising. Here’s why.

A large portion of Star Wars fans ruthlessly and tirelessly criticized the introduction of Kelly Marie Tran‘s character in The Last Jedi. Many made questionably racist and sexist comments toward Disney and Lucasfilm regarding Rose being a part of the Star Wars universe, and Tran even left social media after experiencing so much cyberbullying and hate from the Star Wars fandom.

As Nicholson pointed out in her Tweet above, it could seem like removing Rose from The Rise of Skywalker merchandise caters to those who don’t want to see her character in the films at all.

One Twitter user later pointed out that Rose wasn’t added to a lot of The Rise of Skywalker designs until later, although the reason for this hasn’t been explained further.

And one company that sells licensed Star Wars merchandise later explained that Rose wasn’t intentionally removed from any of their designs:

Still, this hasn’t stopped fans from believing that Rose was edited out of the merchandise that previously included her:

Disney has not yet responded to the #WheresRose claims and inquiries, although we’ll update this article should they give an explanation for the seeming exclusion of Rose from Star Wars merchandise. Whether or not you’ve been able to purchase Star Wars merchandise that includes Rose, one thing’s for certain: she will be included in The Rise of Skywalker, and we can’t wait to see her role in the upcoming film.

What’s your take on the #WheresRose Star Wars merchandise conversation? Let us know in the comments!

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