God okay I'm just. So fucking tired. So here's a list of resources to educate yourself on issues within Star Wars. In light of the Bad Batch Finale and the announcement of the second season, it's vital that you educate yourself about the racism and other issues present.
Reminder that you cannot be in the middle. You are either racist or anti-racist. If you do not practice anti-racism and choose to stay "neutral", you are only supporting a system that constantly perpetuates racism and harms people.
And if for some reason, you think I'm overreacting; for some reason, you think I'm sensitive; for some reason, your first instinct is to get defensive and lash out; you really need to do some thinking as to why you want to scream at POC who just want the right to be recognized and seen. Who just want the right to not be erased.
And if you think this is "not good enough" because they're "just blog posts" or whatever - don't bullshit me. Even if I posted a shit ton of scholarly articles you wouldn't have read them anyway if you're coming at me with excuses for why you think the discrimination is okay. These posts are accessible, and well-written, and straight from the lived experiences of the many minorities and the allies that want to amplify their voices. I'm not asking you to take everything at face value. I'm asking you to do your own research and engage in some critical thinking instead of blindly accepting what you're given.
*Disclaimer: while I have read these sources, i read some a while ago and if there's an issue you have with some of them let me know!
(If your post is listed and you want me to take it off the list please dm me and let me know!)
The Bad Batch
#unwhitewashtbb carrd - with extensive resources here that speak about the Māori people, their culture, and the current issues they face. If you care about them, then read these resources and amplify their voices.
Petition to #unwhitewashtbb
Why you're actively supporting racism if you decide not to support anti-racist movements because you "have beef with someone" who's an anti-racist
The importance of speaking about #unwhitewashtbb, from a Polynesian fan (With another post by them!)
How Kanan is whitewashed
Clone Whitewashing #1 - how the SW crew most definitely knows how to animate dark-skinned clones with proper facial features yet chose not to
Clone Whitewashing #2 - with really clear pictures of the whitewashing
Clone Whitewashing #3 - with an extensive Temura Morrison reference sheet
Issues with Echo's design
Reasons why the take that "Omega is light-skinned because she's based on Temura Morrison's sister" and the take that "Polynesian people can be light-skinned too you're just being racist" are absolute shit takes (similar post, #2)
How Fennec Shand is whitewashed - the intricacies of her design
Fixed Fennec Shand design
How Temura Morrison has previously also been whitewashed in SW media
The Clone Wars
Islamophobia in Barriss Offee's portrayal, from a muslim woman.
How Barriss is muslim-coded, from a muslim woman.
"Bleaching" Temura Morrison
General Resources Around Star Wars
Orientalism in Star Wars
The Islamic Origins Of The Jedi
Ableism in Star Wars
Sinophobia in Star Wars, from me, a Chinese woman.
Resources about AO3 and racism
POC are not a monolith: why it's not ok to say "light-skinned minorities exist" in response to calls to stop whitewashing
How whitewashing has affected SW as a whole
John Boyega and Racism
Orientalism in SW Music
Feel free to add further resources in reblogs or just send them straight to me and I'll add them!
Oh, and by the way, if you think "it's just fiction you're just overreacting this doesn't hurt anyone": news flash: it sure does.
CBC News: Anti-Asian Racism in the media
Role of Media in anti-asian racism
NPR: Hollywood colorism
How the media fuels anti-black racism
Ways anti-indigenous racism is expressed in media and in other ways
NBC News: Rise in anti-asian racism
Resources on anti-black racism
What I've listed above is only a single drop in a massive ocean. There are so, so many other minority groups who are also suffering that I haven't listed. I haven't even touched on homophobia, on transphobia, and I've barely touched on ableism, not to mention that there's so many other issues out there. I haven't talked about the issues with how the Tuskens are portrayed, or how Watto is portrayed, or how Jar Jar Binks was portrayed, or how Kelly Marie Tran was treated, or how Trace and Rafa Martez were treated, or how the fandom hates Mace Windu, or how Poe's backstory was butchered, or much, much more. If you have more resources, please please please share them in the reblogs. It is impossible to encompass everything in a single post, but we sure as hell can try.
Alright. I've given you the resources. I've given you my time and energy. It's up to you now to educate yourself. It's ok to make mistakes - we're constantly learning and unlearning. It's ok to need to take breaks, and to save this for later because you're tired and the world is going to shit. We are human.
But it's not okay to stay willfully ignorant. It's not okay to constantly try and belittle the trauma and struggles of minorities just because you've been okay living in a system that's built on oppression. Educate yourself.
One more tip: when reblogging or sharing your own resources, flood your tags with everything to do with Star Wars. Flood the Crosshair tag. Flood the Hunter and Omega tag. Flood the tags, because this is relevant to their characters and to the entire saga, and fans need to know.
Including tags of the people I posted resources from under the cut!
@royalhandmaidens @queen-breha-organa @milfcaptainrex @milfchewbacca @bisexualmikisayaka @fixyourwritinghabits @starilicious @jester-mereel @milfbailorgana @cafffine @milfcommandercody @thecyndimistuff @shoulderpads-mcgee2
(If I'm missing a tag and you want to be tagged please let me know!)
me whenever a clone laughs or fires a blaster or rests their helmets under their arms or runs their hand through their hair or winks or comforts their brothers or tells a joke or scrunches their nose or lies really terribly or rolls their eyes or breathes or just. me when clones
Star Wars does it again
Crosshair’s new username was @saritakryze ‘s idea.
(Also if anyone ever has an idea for a character who’s username is currently just there name I am open to suggestions)
The Dad Batch
Hunter, the Dad Dad
Wrecker, the Fun Dad
Tech, the Nerd Dad
Echo, the Mom
And finally, Crosshair the Dad who went to the shops to pick up more toothpicks but never came home
That one Echo & Omega scene
Hunter: we left Wrecker and Omega alone for 2 hours and they dumped three pounds of sugar into the dryer trying to make cotton candy
Echo, thinking back when him and Fives wanted to do the same thing and Rex said no: did it work?
A short comics strip inspired by @galacticproblems drawing of Crosshair talking with Omega.
Star Wars: The Clone Wars/ The Bad Batch © George Lucas, Lucas Arts, Dave Filoni, Disney
me anytime an adult man in fiction bonds with a kid:
echo is a good mom 😭
Hiii so I’ve been in love w/ sickfics and the art they inspire for a long time! Ik I would be burned at the stake as a witch for this but could u do some sick omega art plz? I live and breathe sick meggie atm and ur art is so adorbs so I would love if u did that 🖤❤️🤍 also get hype for ep 13 cuz I believe that will be a sick omega episode ok thx byeee
I will always jump at an opportunity to draw soft family moments with the Batch.
I imagine everyone pitching in to help when she feels under the weather. Hunter rubs her back when she is nauseous. Tech makes sure she gets medicine, Wrecker carries her everywhere, and she normally falls asleep on Echo.
I also have read in several places about Omega wearing one of their spare blacks as an extra set of clothing. And I love the idea that when she is sick and needs to be in some comfy clothes she puts one on. Its way too big for her, but its soft and warm and smells like family.
Omega: Hey Hunter, what's that?
Hunter, holding an entire bottle of alcohol: an adult drink.
Omega: can I have some?
Hunter: no, it's only for adults .
Omega: but I'm older than you?
Hunter: *tired dad sigh*
studies show that practically every Stanley Hudson quote could have been said by Echo and this is my exhibit A
This is part 2
The Bad Batch, if they had to raise Omega from a baby, because thinking of this makes me SOFT
This has sparked from me now plotting out an AU which is exactly this, the five of them raising baby Omega. Stay tuned for that, in the mean time have some headcanons. They're specifically meant to be about the five of them raising Omega together, but definitely work for each of them with their own kids, so enjoy!
This post is gonna be long because I have so many thoughts. @scarlettroseog and I had the best time discussing these!!
Crosshair: Crosshair is the one who stares at baby Omega when they first get her and is just like "how do I pick it up". Tech offers to show him a useful holovideo on how to safely hold a baby. Crosshair offers to throw Tech into hyperspace. Once he gets the hang of it though, Cross is a natural and can often be found asleep with a baby on his chest. He loves baby cuddles more than life itself, but he'll be damned if he let's anyone know it. He has to act like holding her is the biggest inconvenience you could ever ask of him, but if someone else offers to take her, he'll refuse. He reminds them he never said he wouldn't hold her.
Very much a silent protector, Cross is always incredibly aware of his and Omega’s surroundings and is always looking out for her. He’s most at ease when Omega is still in his eyeline, but as long as she’s with one of the squad, he know she’s safe.
Crosshair is an utter softie and has been caught singing to her, and crying when she grabbed and clung to his finger for the first time. He talks to her in the softest voice, and when she starts to babble he talks back as if they’re having a conversation. Little Omega hangs onto his every word. The others don't understand why he tries so hard to hide his affections, they all think its the cutest thing ever.
Oh, and he absolutely has no qualms cursing around her. He secretly hopes Omega’s first word is kriff to see Hunter’s reaction.
Tech: This. Man. Tech disappears for a whole day when Omega lands in their care, and re-emerges a child rearing expert with a large shipment of baby supplies on its way to them. He has gone to the ends of the Holonet to research absolutely everything he needs to know and eagerly passes on his findings to the others. He's an expert swaddler to the point the others usually just leave that job for him. He's tried countless to teach the others, but Hunter especially just cannot get the hang of it. One time they find him sat shirtless with baby Omega on his chest, and he explains how he read that skin to skin contact is really good for newborns and helps them bond and feel safe. He suggests making a rota for skin to skin contact. Crosshair tells him to never say those words ever again. His enthusiasm comes from a place of absolute love, but he does have to be reminded to rein it in from time to time.
Tech absolutely documents EVERYTHING. He's so in awe of this extraordinary tiny human and all her potential. He tracks and logs her development and milestones, he's recorded her crying countless times to try and decipher what she needs from how she's crying. He even develops a pretty successful formula to help her get to sleep. This guy is revolutionising child care over here. He allows the others to add to his notes with cute pictures and stuff, so its more of a baby book than a scientific log.
Despite his eagerness to learn and give Omega the best care he can, the change she brings to their entire lives does unsettle Tech a fair bit. New priorities, new routines, everything has changed in some way. He does acclimatise, helped by how he dives into learning how to care for her, but its a difficult transition at first.
Baby Omega gives Tech a sense of protectiveness he's never experienced before. She brings his emotions to the surface more than anything else ever could. He records a lot of sounds of her growing up, and the sound of her first laugh might just be his favourite sound hes ever recorded. He finds himself listening to it if he's away from her for whatever reason. When he’s working on projects, he likes having Omega to keep him company. He crafts a little baby chair to attach to his work table, and she sits and watches him work. He talks her through what he’s doing, knowing full well she has no idea what he’s saying, but her sweet little smile makes up for it.
Wrecker: None of them have EVER seen Wrecker so gentle and careful. They warned him once that she's fragile, and they never had to warn him again. He is also swaddling expert second only to Tech - he asked Tech to teach him and practised over and over again on Lula until he got it. Considering Hunter cannot do it to save his life, he's very proud of himself. This guy is so, so sweet with her, he simply cannot cope with how tiny and adorable she is and will not rest until he has gushed about it to anyone who will listen. He even turned an unused storage crate into a crib for her with all the blankets she could ever need. He puts Lula in there too, but the fact she's bigger than Omega gives Hunter anxiety so she is still Wrecker's until Omega is bigger.
Not to worry, though, because Omega spends more time sleeping in the arms of her ori'vod than in the crib anyway. Tech has insisted multiple times that they should allow her to get used to sleeping in her crib, but even he is guilty of falling asleep with the baby in his arms.
My friend has a headcanon that Wrecker knits in his spare time as a calming activity and oh boy am I running with this. Hats. Wrecker makes all the hats for tiny Omega, and all five of them cried the first time she wore one of his creations. He doesn't just stop there, she has blankets, stuffies, bootees, Wrecker should start his own knitwear etsy shop at this point. He plans to donate omega's knitted things to people in need when she grows out of them. Wrecker is at his happiest sat knitting with little Omega fast asleep on him.
Echo: oh my god do not get me STARTED. I'm crying already. Echo is the sweetest most gentle soul and Omega is such a calming presence to him, and he has the same effect on her. A cuddle with Echo and she's out like a light, and Hunter definitely isn't jealous.
Due to his scomp arm, he always asks for help to pick her up or take her into his arms. He usually puts a blanket or something around the scomp as well, he's so afraid that he could hurt her or cause her discomfort with it. He can't hide that it gets him down, he wants to help out with Omega as much as the others can, he wants to be able to pick her up on his own without assistance.
Hunter takes him aside and reassures him that he's doing a great job and that Omega clearly feels safe with him regardless. He knows how self-conscious Echo can get about his appearance and his disabilities, and reminds him how much of an incredible role model he is for Omega. Tech is already hard at work, though. If he hadn't already been working on a prosthetic arm for Echo, he was now and working double time. Seriously, no one knows if Tech is even getting any sleep. At least once they have to force him away from his work and hand him Omega to give him a moment to calm down and relax. In the meantime, Wrecker knits Echo a little scomp cover, and Hunter and Crosshair fashion slings out of spare blankets, so Echo can hold Omega more easily and in general so everyone can hold her hands-free if they need to do something else at the same time.
Echo cries the first time he picks Omega up on his own, and in the same moment, Omega smiles for the first time. Now Hunter is crying, Wrecker is crying (more because he had been trying so hard to get her to smile for him), and Tech is leaping over furniture so he can capture the moment in time.
Hunter: The Dad™. Also a nervous wreck. Hunter is the one you’ll find watching Omega sleep and constantly checking she’s breathing. And waking the poor thing up on occasion, just to be sure. Omega coughs once and immediately, Hunter.exe has stopped working and he’s probably called an ambulance. He puts on a brave face, but in reality, he’s terrified. He’s trained for battle, not parenting. He doesn’t know the first thing about raising a baby, but with his squad behind him (particularly Tech’s extensive research), he knows he’ll be just fine. The one thing hes certain about, from the moment she is left in their care, is that he is never, ever going to let anyone hurt this little girl. Ever.
He is also the one with the rules; no weapons around the baby, no cursing around the baby, no throwing the baby (no one intends to do so, but he wanted to make that very clear just in case), and no eating while holding the baby, after Wrecker dropped half his lunch on her one time. Hunter didn’t find it as funny as Omega did.
His heightened senses come in very handy, he can often sense just moments before the crying starts, and unfortunately for him, he knows before anyone else when she needs changing. At times, the crying takes it’s toll and can contribute to a sensory overload, but with the rest of his squad on hand to help, that’s rarely an issue. If it isn’t his turn for night duty, he has his noise cancellers in, otherwise he’ll be waking up every time Omega does. He finds her presence calming like Echo does, she’s so peaceful when asleep, and her big brown eyes are so alight with curiosity when she’s awake. Hunter finds himself watching her silently observing the world around her, and enjoys going for walks with her strapped to his chest so he can show her just a little bit more of the world. Someday, he’ll show her the galaxy.
- At first, the five of them end up doing everything together. Baby check up? All five of them are piled in that doctor’s office. Baby music class? It was Wrecker’s idea, but all five of them come along. After a while they learn that not every situation requires all five of them.
- Tech suggested making a baby care rota, but they didn’t need one. They just kind of manage to balance out the tasks and the cuddle time. Except Hunter. Hunter is selfish. Hunter will straight up steal the baby from one of his brothers when he decides it’s his turn for cuddles. The only exception to this is Echo. Hunter will never steal Omega from Echo.
Sorry for this absolute essay. I put more effort and focus into this today than I did at work. This has also helped massively in plotting out a couple fics surrounding The Bad Batch and a baby Omega. I cannot cope with the amount of fluff I’ve written today.
Please let me know what you think, add some suggestions! I had a great time writing this and want to write some more headcanons for similar scenarios!
Please give me the Ultimate Dad Batch
You remember those cadets we see evacuating Kamino?
I want Crosshair to learn about that the Empire has plans for the last cadets and tubies of Kamino and goes: Not on my watches. He won’t let any other clones, event reg, being test subjects the way they have been. Then he finds a way to contact the rest of the batch to rescue them.
The other accepts and kind of kidnap Crosshair in the process and go into hiding with all those kiddos in a remote planet and raise the last of clones.
Because I want all of them safe, but most of it just imagine.
- Wrecker playfully roughhousing with the cadets as they all pill up on him. And fake they are vanquish him, like a lion with the cub.
- Tech sitting outside with some of them, teaching them about everything. Each day they go for something one of the cadets choose.
- Hunter doing “survival” camping with them to teach basic survival but to let them learn what freedom feel like
- Omega being the ultimate big sister with all of them. Showing them how to be a kid. She the one that insisted them to make “get well soon” card for Crosshair as hey remove the remain of his chip and he finally can heal.
- Crosshair insisting to continue their training. So they could defend themselves if (when) the Empire find them. He is firm but never push anyone beyond his limit and show them, his own way, how proud he is.
- Echo somehow finds himself taking care of the younger one. He can be found rocking to sleep the tubies. He the one tells stories before bed.
- They all get emotional when one of the cadets comes to them and tell them the name he chose for themselves.
I just want some clones to have a happier ending than most.
I saw the following promotional image for Episode II, and knew what I had to do:
I’m so excited for next year’s season to see Omega and the Dad Batch again!
This is an idea that was sitting at the back burner for quite a while. I wanted to merge my archer!Crosshair... fixation with @transformersluna's TBBmodern!AU AKA Crosahair was a promising olympic-level archer, however military service made him postpone his venture into professional competitive sports but once he got back from the military he picked it up again!
more explanation of the concept under the cut:
So what if Crosshair, encouraged by a school counselor, joined local archery team when he was in high school as a form of dealing with stress and anger? Archery is mostly about "competing" with yourself - to become better than your previous "end". Also since it's a very dangerous sport there are many safety regulations in place that helped Crosshair to interact with people on his own terms as he could gauge the socialization with teammates shielding himself with "can't talk, can't you see I'm standing on the line? shoo!" (which, surprisingly, made him more social). Participating in competitions made him interact with people outside of his comfort zone but also the topics were mostly limited to technobabble about equipment specifications and standard, easily avoidable small-talks so he didn't stand out as rude or aloof. Not to mention, he enjoyed the thrill of standing on the podium (even though he didn't look like it)!
Before joining military he was seriously considering, encouraged by the chairman of his archery team, to try to get to Olympic representation as his performance was very promising.
However him joining the military threw a wrench to that plan but his archery skills, to some degree, helped him in getting sniper qualifications.
After he came back from the military service, and struggled with aftermath of active combat duty, his therapist suggested getting back to the archery because it was something he excelled at pre-military and still brought him comfort when he talked about it during therapy sessions.
At first he practiced at the backyard, however once Omega came to his and his brothers' life, Hunter and Crosshair's common sense put an end to this form of practice. However he tried convince Omega to pick up archery (every brother tried to convince her to pick up their favorite sport), but she preferred something more exciting and social.
It was another step-back, yet one evening he mentioned, in passing, to his co-workers (one day they just... dragged him to a bar for few beers) that he wanted to try to get to the Olympic team once again but had no sponsors and especially no place to train. It somehow got to his boss, who outright said he won't sponsor him, but he allowed Crosshair to practice in one of the warehouses the security firm guarded, as the hall there had similar length as the Olympic archery tracks. Of course he could do it only during night-shifts, FAR AWAY from cargo and with his co-workers either behind him or sitting in the security booth.
STAR WARS: The Clone Wars/The Bad Batch © George Lucas/ Dave Filoni/ LucasFilm/ Disney
It is just a fact that all the clones got Jango’s Dad Instincts™️