Note to readers: The following is written by a nerd, for nerds. If you don’t care about Star Wars, this is your one chance to jog on. You have been warned.
It always mystified me how certain people can look at a completely digital movie alien and determine that the creators must be racist.
It happened with “The Phantom Menace.” While probably the weakest of all the Star Wars films, it didn’t deserve the crucifixion it received by film critics for allegedly being some sort of racist manifesto.
The party line, as laid out by the New York Times and other syndicated reviewers, was that Jar-Jar Binks was a caricature of American blacks, the Trade Federation villains were Chinese, Watto was a stereotypical Arab,
Because all of that was pure PC baloney, the critics couldn’t even agree amongst themselves who was being stereotyped. Were the Trade Federation Nemodians Chinese, or were they Japanese? Was Watto Arab or was he Jewish? Is Jar-Jar supposed to be African-American, or is he West Indian? The soothsayers of racism basically saw whatever they wanted.
They even went so far as to criticize the Gungans for being portrayed as primitive, apparently because they ride animals into battle. Now, I’ve watched this movie quite a few times, and I have yet to figure out how a race of beings equipped with portable combat force fields, personal force shields, electromagnetic pulse grenades, stun spears, and the technology to build massive, air-containing cities deep underwater, complete with advanced submarine technology, can be called primitive.
None of these questions was ever answered by the complainers of course, it was enough for the PC louts to cry racism.
Now we’ve got a new Star Wars movie coming out, and the hopes for it being a good film that can stand up with the original and “The Empire Strikes Back” are high. So high, in fact, that people are already snapping up tickets two months out.
No sooner did the tickets go on sale, though, than someone started a #BoycottStarWarsVII hashtag on Twitter. The reason we’re being asked to boycott? Because the new Star Wars is racist.
Now as far as I know, nobody outside of the cutting room or perhaps studio big shots has seen this movie yet, so once again this is all based on assumptions, except this time the assumption is that the movie is anti-white.
I’m still mystified, as I was with “Phantom Menace.” Apparently, because one of the trailers showed a black actor wearing stormtrooper armor, this is supposed to be some sort of Black Lives Matter victory.
When people inexplicably started complaining about, “ohmygosh, a black stormtrooper,” the actor John Boyega replied simply, “Get used to it.”
That’s probably about as much effort as should be expended on these kinds of complaints, but some people just have a whole lot invested in foisting their own world views onto a space opera fantasy. For the record, the new movie poster shows the same character holding a blue lightsaber, so it seems he is actually a Jedi.
“#BoycottStarWarsVII because it is anti-white propaganda promoting #whitegenocide,” according to someone named End Cultural Marxism. “A friend in L.A. said #StarWarsVII is basically ‘[Black Lives Matter activist Deray McKesson] in Space.’ Jewish activist JJ Abrams is an anti-white nut.”
Abrams is the producer on the new film. You may know some of his work on “Lost,” “Cloverfield,” “Alias” and dozens of other movies or TV shows.
Allegedly, Abrams is some sort of political fanatic because his last “Star Trek” (the other “Star” franchise) movie had some scenes that people took as commentary on the Bush presidency. (Here I thought it was just a commentary on “The Wrath of Khan.”)
Another twit tweeted, “It’s nothing more than a social justice propaganda piece that alienates its core audience of young white males.”
Funny thing about those young white males is most of them think Mace Windu was one of the best characters in the prequels, and none of them fainted at the sight of Lando Calrissian or the sound of James Earl Jones voicing Darth Vader.
They also didn’t collapse to find that Jango Fett, the original source for the clone troopers, was played by Temuera Morrison, a Maori and Scottish actor from New Zealand.
This is deep nerd intel, but by the time of the original Star Wars, now Episode IV, the Empire was no longer using clone troopers but was recruiting any riffraff that fit into the uniform, giving them a couple weeks of basic training and sending them off to be cannon fodder. So a stormtrooper some 30 years after “Return of the Jedi” could be anyone of any color or species, unless Disney rewrites that part of the mythos.
I guess I just don’t get the compulsion to turn a fantasy like Star Wars into some sort of racist political screed. And I don’t want to get it.
So all of you folks who judge movies from under a kofia hat or from behind two eyeholes in a bed sheet, please do the rest of us a big favor, and go see something other than Star Wars in December.
This is not the movie you’re looking for.