It is fucking cowardly. Just like making Rey a Palpatine was cowardly. Like I liked Rise of Skywalker, but I'm happy to point out a few ways where shit could have been done better. But to look at it and not even try to improve and move forward with conviction, but start trying to go "Nah man that shit totally didn't happen" is pathetic.I'm not sure cowards is the right word. Its certainly sloppy, and we can debate endless back and forth which side of a reboot we're on, but I will agree its awkward to do. I wonder if its mostly a business choice. They want to do more stories, and the way the Sequels began and ended boxed them into a corner. First off it was a mistake to declare the entire EU non-canon, but also the sequels don't allow for a lot of stories. Mara Jade. How could she possibly fit into the Sequel timeline as Luke's love? And there are a bunch more characters and stories they may want to tell but can't, and just decided "fuck it, not like Daisy Ridley is coming back as Rey, so just pull it off like a bandaid and start working on new shows."
Awkward and sloppy, but I'm not convinced its cowardly.