The creator of the divisive Disney+ “Star Wars” series “The Acolyte” is firing back at those claiming that her show is nothing more than “lesbian space witches,” calling the criticism “reductive.”

In a recent interview, Leslye Headland – also billed by The Hollywood Reporter (THR) as the first openly queer person to create anything in Star Wars history – talked about all the pushback. Even with modernized implications of Ultimate Tag Headland said: ”I never set out to make a political show -even though it had some of that LGBTQ messaging.”

Star Wars: The Acolyte has quickly divided the fanbase down the middle with the release of its first episodes on Disney’s streaming platform. It has an 85% Rotten score from critics and only a 14% audience rating, the lowest out of anything in Star Wars.

Disney has come under fire in recent years from fans who feel the company has allowed itself to become an engine of “woke” storylines and characters – with “The Acolyte” being branded the most progressive yet.

During an interview with Headland and non-binary series star Amanda Stenberg, a comment from a journalist for The Wrap about the show being “arguably the gayest Star Wars by a considerable margin” managed to go viral.

Headland was much more literal, responding, “That wasn’t the goal.” Still, she was game to play the part: “I’m kinda, weirdly here for it,” she admitted. She continues, “I don’t believe that I’ve created queer, with a capital Q, content.”

Headland also talked that controversial storyline involving the third episode of The Acolyte which critics consumed as validation of their darkest doctrinal fears related to overt LGBTQ propaganda. The story posited that two ultra-powerful witches in a society composed entirely of women conjured up some force magic and made their two daughters, the show’s twin protagonists portrayed by Stenberg.

Fed up fans attacked the series on social media, deriding it for making “lesbian space witches canon in Star Wars.”

Headland rejected this interpretation, and told the outlet “These chicks are in a matriarchal society. Being a gay woman, I read this as a footnote stating all these statements above except there are no men in their community. The two of them having a closeness would be expected. It seemed plot-driven.”

I mean, I would say it’s just super lazy to call them lesbians. I think it tells me [that] you’re not really listening to this story,” she said.

Headland added that she is not doing an “LGBTQ” show, but says the show is “queer”

I would say that I’m very proud to be a lesbian who was able to achieve this, and certainly, if my show is labeled ‘queer’ it’s because there is some kind of queer content in the show, and I want to embrace whatever queerness is in the show. She told WGNO “I could make something that empowers queer people.

She took aim at fans who criticize the show for its LGBTQ-related narratives, lamenting: “It makes me sad that people would not automatically just say ‘Oh my god of course’ when asked if something is capable of being gay. I think that’s the saddest thing… That like a bunch of people online would somehow trivialize the most important aspect of it.