New Disney Star Wars director said she 'enjoys making men uncomfortable' in 2015 interview with Jon Stewart

"I like to make men uncomfortable, I enjoy making men uncomfortable."

Hannah Nightingale Washington DC

A clip has resurfaced on social media from 2015 showing Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy, the Canadian-Pakistani filmmaker tapped to direct the next Star Wars movie saying "I like to make men uncomfortable."

"What is the balance of activating a force for change, but also trying to permeate that patriarchy, that power structure, and is that a part of the calculation of your art as well and what's been the reaction to that," the host asked.

Obaid-Chinoy opened by stating "I like to make men uncomfortable, I enjoy making men uncomfortable," which was met with laughter from the audience at the 2015 Women in the World Summit in New York City.

"It is important to be able to look into the eyes of a man and say, I am here and recognize that and recognize that I am working to bring something that makes you uncomfortable and it should make you uncomfortable, because you need to change your attitude. 

"And it's only when you're uncomfortable, when you're shifty, when you have to have difficult conversations that you will perhaps look at yourself in the mirror and not like the reflection and then say, maybe, there is something wrong with the way I think or maybe there is something wrong with the way I am addressing this issue," she said.

Obaid-Chinoy came under fire on Wednesday after saying in a recent interview that "it’s about time that we had a woman come forward to shape the story in a galaxy far, far away."

During the interview, CNN host Kristie Lu Stout focused on how the Pakistan-born Obaid-Chinoy was the "first woman and the first person of color to direct a Star Wars film" which is scheduled to be released in 2026 and pick up the story of Rey Skywalker, the heroine of the controversial Star Wars sequel trilogy.

Obaid-Chinoy recently posted on Instagram about the film that had been announced at the 2023 Star Wars Celebration event in London, writing, "It has been quite a day in London....The news is OUT! I am so very excited to be directing the next Star Wars movie and bringing Daisy Ridley back to the galaxy," adding, "I have always been attracted to the heroes' journey and the world definitely needs more heroes!"

She continued, "The blueprints of the heroes we see on screen are rooted in reality - I’ve spent my life meeting real-life heroes, who have overcome the most oppressive empires and battled impossible odds and that to me is the heart of Star Wars...which is why I was attracted to the promise of a new Jedi Order … and why I'm particularly excited about being immersed inside a Jedi Academy with a powerful Jedi Master... #starwars."

In response to the clip going viral, the Daily Wire's Matt Walsh wrote, "This movie is destined to be Disney’s biggest flop yet."

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