Few fandoms are more opinionated that the ‘Star Wars’ bunch and few things are more universally loathed within the fandom than the ‘Star Wars Holiday Special.’ Despite the panning behind this odd television special, some aspects managed to seep into the main canon, such as Bea Arthur’s song-singing bartender.
This information comes from the new anthology book ‘From A Certain Point Of View.’ The book is a series of vignettes involving characters from the original film and periphery characters who readers learn had something to do with the overall story.
One short story written by Chuck Wendig titled, ‘We Don’t Serve Their Kind Here’ focuses on Wuher, the barkeep at the famous Mos Eisley Cantina who uttered the title phrase to Luke Skywalker.
The short goes on to explain why Wuher doesn’t like droids (his parents were killed by Separatist droids and he was saved by Jedi Knights), and one paragraph confirms Arthur’s character Ackmena as canon in the ‘Star Wars’ universe. It also confirms that she’s married to a woman named Sorschi, making her one of the few LGBTQ characters in our favorite galaxy far, far away.
The paragraph states:
Eventually the day wound down. Wuher gave the cantina over to the night-shift barkeep, a tough old broad named Ackmena who lived out on the Delkin Ridge with her wife, Sorschi. And Wuher did what he always did: He went, had a glass of blue milk to settle his stomach, and then he went to bed.
Arthur’s Ackmena famously appeared in the ‘Star Wars Holiday Special,’ with Arthur using her trademark deadpan wit and biting comebacks that made her so popular on the ‘Golden Girls.’ After warding off some unwanted advances from a humanoid who drank from a mouth on the top of his head (swipe left!), the Empire imposed a curfew on the entire planet of Tatooine, forcing Ackmena to kick people out of the cantina.
The character sang “Good Night, But Not Goodbye,” backed by Figrin D’an and the Modal Nodes, as she bid everyone farewell. It was definitely weird but Bea Arthur can pretty much do no wrong as far as I’m concerned.
So, there you have it! A little ‘Star Wars’ factoid to hold you over until ‘The Last Jedi’ hits theaters on December 15!