Getting offended: because a movie can’t just be a movie these days!
The latest Star Wars film won’t be released until December, but people are already going crazy over it. Tickets have just gone on pre-order, nerds are dissecting every five second trailer released, and people have lit effigies of Jar Jar Binks on fire to appease the gods of films in an effort to ensure that the movie won’t suck.
Oh, people are crying racism, too. Did I mention that? Star Wars is racist now. No, we’re not talking about Mace Windu and his grape-flavored lightsaber. People are claiming that Star Wars is racist towards white people.
#BoycottStarWarsVII has been going around Twitter. An interesting mixture of trolls and legitimate racists, people are getting up in arms because Episode VII has minorities in it! *Gasp!*
Here are a few of the tweets:
The anger wasn’t just limited to the movie itself, however. It’s director also came under fire.
False. Typical Jewish behavior is to not accept Republic Credits.
But that’s not the point!
I just find it a bit funny. Star Wars is set in a universe full of countless, diverse lifeforms! Literal aliens of every shape and size. Thousands of unique cultures, societies, species, and races. And what is everyone getting angry about?
A black stormtrooper!
Well (puts on nerd glasses) I guess it’s time for a lesson in SW lore! The Imperial Stormtroopers are a military force manned by people (99.9% human) from across the galaxy. However, before the Empire, the Clone Troopers were the defenders of the Republic. Similar armor, but there was a difference. Each and every trooper came from a single genetic template. Jango Fett, the most feared bounty hunter in the galaxy, was the father of the Clone Army. Guess what?
He wasn’t white!
Now, I seem to be proving the racists’ point. However, may I remind you that after the Clone Wars, the Imperial Army began recruiting non-clones? The military was no longer based on Fett’s genes. So humans of every size and color poured into the Stormtrooper Corps. Here is what the Imperial officers looked like:
To conclude, my point is that Star Wars is technically more white than ever! So you can relax, any racists reading this (congrats on learning to read, by the way) you can safely view Star Wars without having to feel threatened by a person of color from a galaxy far, far away.