Back in the day NAZI’s used to engage in the extermination of what they deemed “inferior races” and attempt to grind the free world under the heels of their jackboots . In 2016 they seem mainly concerned with complaining about science fiction characters. This is a bit of an improvement, we suppose, but their incessant adolescent whining is hardly befitting of a “master race”. Even Hitler didn’t pause during the Nuremburg rally to have a moan about how Captain America kept punching him in the jaw. The gormless goosesteppers are back at it again, this time insisting on a Rogue One boycott.
In a thread on the fascist subreddit r/altright, a user named Genfrancopepe described the upcoming Star Wars installment as “Anti-White Social Engineering”, claiming that it portrays a multicultural cast (gasp!) lead by an empowered white woman (double gasp!) fighting against a predominantly white evil galactic empire.
User stanicpriest13 chipped in: “Good, now I don’t feel as bad about not watching the new films. The new films are going to flop big league anyway. You can push the female heroes as much as you like, but even most women don’t find it interesting.” An insightful and cutting analysis of a film series which opened with the third highest-grossing film of all time.
Like almost everything Hollywood produces, according to r/altright, the subtext of the Star Wars franchise is war on the white race, instigated by a sinister cabal of Jewish producers and screenwriters. One poster labelled it “A Jew masturbation Fantasy of White Hatred”. For people who aim such vitriol at science fiction, they sure seem to like writing their own.
The last boycott didn’t exactly go as planned. Neo-NAZI’s turned their noses up at black stormtrooper Finn, completely failing to make an even minor dent in The Force Awakens’ $2.068 billion take at the box office. It seems like people are more interested in compelling storytelling than they are in the fetishist fever-dreams of internet warriors who wish it was still 1939.
It’s easy to see why a tale set in a galaxy far, far away feels a lot closer to home these days. Steve Bannon, White house strategist and former editor of NAZI newsrag Breitbart recently made his own Star Wars comparison: “Darkness is good… Dick Cheney. Darth Vader. Satan. That’s power.” When a man with the ear of the president praises a figure who murdered a room full of children over religious differences, It’s understandable that people are worried.
Science Fiction has always been a place where we can give hope to the disenfranchised, telling stories that bridge divides, heal wounds and build new and better worlds. We can be thankful that the writers of Rogue One seem aware of their responsibilities as storytellers in a frightening world, with screenwriter Chris Weitz recently tweeting the Rebel Alliance symbol featuring a safety pin. The pin has come to symbolize solidarity with minority groups, immigrants, refugees and LGBT peoples. As an added bonus, we can now all head to the cinema confident that we won’t end up sat next to a NAZI. They always take both armrests.