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“Star Wars: The Force Awakens” Gets Racist Backlash


In case you have been living under a rock on the planet Tattoine you know that the final trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens premiered on Monday Night Football. The internet went absolutely nuts. As a lifelong Star Wars fanatic I can tell you that I watched it five times in a row and could barely sleep that night from the excitement. I’m tempering my expectations, they could be as bad as the prequels, but I am cautiously optimistic. Presale tickets went on sale and shattered box office records for advanced ticket sales. But not everyone is happy with the movie. A hashtag, #BoycottStarWarsVII, began trending online. Why are people so mad? Because according to these racist trolls the movie promotes “White genocide”. You might wonder how a movie about space wizards and space ships could promote the eradication of the White race. Well, I’ll tell you their “logic”.

The main characters in the film are a younger generation of space adventurers named Poe, Finn, and Rey. They are played by Oscar Isaac, John Boyega, and Daisy Ridley. Even though the film also stars original cast members Mark Hammill, Carrie Fisher, and Harrison Ford, the cast is just too diverse for these racist jackholes. Oscar Isaac is Latino and John Boyega is Black and the thought that the universe is anything but only White males is too much to handle. They also bring up the face that director JJ Abrams is Jewish. It doesn’t really make a whole lot of sense because James Earl Jones, a Black man, was the voice of Darth Vader. Billy Dee Williams also starred in the original trilogy as Lando Calrissian. Carrie Fisher was the female lead in the originals and she is Jewish. Sam Jackson starred in the prequels as Mace Windu and Latino Jimmy Smits also appeared. So, when exactly was Star Wars strictly White, Christian, and male?

I for one credit Abrams with doing an amazing thing in casting such an ethically diverse cast. For far too long much of science fiction has lacked anyone who wasn’t White and male. Latinos in particular have not been represented, even in ethnically inclusive Star Trek. I for one am glad that the kids of today are going to see a Latino flying an X-Wing or a Black dude wielding a lightsaber. Representation is important, people. At the end of the day it doesn’t matter what these racist people think. The movie is done, the cast is set, and it is going to make a billion dollars at least.

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