We Need to Talk about this
There is an aspect of the Deception Arc in the Clone Wars that is overlooked far too often, especially in posts which exonerate ObI Wan for his actions (most of them, let's be honest).
What Kenobi did was more that just LIE to Anakin.
He inflicted on him (and Ahsoka) the exact same pain and grief and trauma that the death of Qui Gon Ginn in Episode One bought to him.
For all the fans howl and scream and rage about how much Obi Wan suffered, and make endless GIFs about his "infininite suffering" because his lost his Master and "father figure" - he inflicted exactly that on Anakin and Ahsoka Tano.
Like if you look closely, you can see tears welling up in Ahsoka's eyes as she cradles Obi Wan's "corpse". You can hear the despair and anguish in Anakin's voice as he calls his name and desperately tries to revive him.
Actually, it may have been worse for them, because they were both younger than he was when Qui Gon died. Ahsoka was barely 16 and Anakin maybe- 22? Whereas he was 25.
The fact that WE as the audience instictively know Obi Wan isn't dead doesn't exonerate him of this. The characters don't know. Ahsoka and Anakin both think they have lost their best friend/Master, and the mentor figure who they looked up to. Anakin believes he has lost his BROTHER, the man who practically raised him.
This is exactly the same pain, the same suffering, the same level of torment and trauma that Obi Wan suffered when he lost Qui Gon. He meant as much to both of them as Qui Gon did to him.
So every single time you say that Anakin "had no right" to feel the way he did about Obi Wan's actions in the Deception Arc, it is exactly the same as saying that Obi Wan "had no right" to feel the way he did over the death of Qui Gonn.
Every time you condemn him for being "selfish" because he was upset and hurt, I reserve the right to deny and minimize Obi Wan's suffering.
The simple fact that Obi Wan was willing to inflict this on Anakin and Ahsoka, "for the mission" was beyond callous. He KNEW how it felt to lose a beloved Master/Mentor figure in to violence. He knew how it felt to hold him helplessly as he died, to weep over him.
He KNEW how much pain it would cause, but not only did he not show a modicom of sympathy , he judged Anakin for the way they felt. He USED him and Ashoka in the worst way possible.
Your constant attempts to exonerate Obi Wan of all wrongdoing during these Episodes by denying the pain that he inflicted on those who he supposedly loved, and gaslighting them represents everything that is wrong with this fandom.
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I don't pledge allegiance to no flag.
I pledge allegiance to people who are important to me.
People of various origins.
People of different skin color and religion.
People of different orientation.
A big family of man/woman under one God, who became human.
Who taught us to be truthful
and to live humanely.
A lord of peace who defied the masters of war an death.
Who lay in a grave -
a symbol of all the hopes that people had to bury -
but rose from the dead,
that we can rise and show our true colors
where people value their origins,
their pride in their race,
I pledge alliance to people who try to do their best -
day by day -
to make this world a better place.
People who are not interested
in a particular religion,
but in spirituality.
The ultimate concerns of life.
The Living waters.
People united in their wish
to live in peace with their neighbors.
Show some Reverence of Life.
With them I share the hope
that we don't just pass our time -
somewhere, somehow -
but find true life and meaning.
With thanks to my dear tumblr friend @lancelane for his support and inspiration...
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