In the midst of an abundance of excitement for the final trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, was a bit of shade. As fans counted down to a big moment, the new trailer and the beginning of advanced ticket sales, a strange hashtag started appearing on Twitter, #BoycottStarWarsVII. But why, why would anyone want to #BoycottStarWarsVII? Well, if you were among the curious that clicked, you got a startling truth that the hashtag was the effort of a group of white supremacists that don’t like the fact that the new leads of Star Wars are a woman and a black man.
Since I’m not a racist nutjob, I’ll turn this over to a Twitter user with the silly and confusingly pointless handle of “End Cultural Marxism” to explain the situation.
— End Cultural Marxism (@genophilia) October 19, 2015
There you have it, #whitegenocide. Of course, Daisy Ridley and John Boyega starring in Star Wars does nothing to undo the fact that the majority of acting jobs still go to white actors, and that most working screenwriters and directors are still men, but it was a positive step forward. Or rather, for most rational people, it was a positive step forward. You may recall there was criticism of the initial casting of the upcoming sequel for not having enough women and people of color in the cast.
There’s also the fact that Star Wars was never a completely, lily white affair. African-American actors Billy Dee Williams and James Earl Jones each had roles as Lando Calrissian and the voice of Darth Vader, respectively. Someone else on Twitter also pointed out that George Lucas‘ wife, businesswoman Mellody Hobson, is black. So Star Wars and Lucas have hardly been scions of racial purity (from the white supremacist point of view).
As the BBC pointed out, there were over 110,000 tweets in response to the hashtag #BoycottStarWarsVII and they were, by and large, counter tweets to the effort. People commenting on a similar article over on Geek Tyrant made the case that we shouldn’t give air to this kind of racist stupidity, but that’s short-sighted. Bad things grow in the dark, and social change happens more sweepingly when everyone that believes in a world built on respect and inclusiveness work together to spread the word and counter such negativity directly.
At the end of the day, now one that loves Star Wars is going to be turned away by this racist point-of-view. I know that Stormtroopers wear white armor, but that hardly means that they’re symbols of white power.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens opens in theaters everywhere on December 18. You can buy your tickets now.
Source: Geek Tyrant