I think it's pretty safe to say that nearly everyone, their grandmother, and the family cat are busy getting frothy at the mouth and losing their collective s**t over the fact that there's a new Star Wars movie dropping in just under two months.
But while the world busies itself over the latest and last The Force Awakens trailer, and the box offices of the internet attempt to keep up with demand for all the IMAX showings you could shake a stick at, a small social media movement has begun generating heat for... pretty unique reasons.
The #BoycottStarWarsVII movement is attempting to coerce people who have been waiting for 10 years (arguably 16 since The Phantom Menace) to entertain the possibility of a good 21st century Star Wars movie, to not spend their own hard earned cash on a Star Wars ticket because... there's a woman and a black guy (Daisy Ridley and John Boyega respectively) in the lead roles.
No, really. The hashtag, which began circulating on Twitter this past Sunday evening, was irate over The Force Awakens being devoid of lead characters that aren't white and male, and even went as far to posit the sci-fi epic was secretly pushing some kind of anti-white agenda.
One perpetuator named "End Cultural Marxism" believes we should:
#BoycottStarWarsVII because it is anti-white propaganda promoting #whitegenocide...
Another believes we should ignore the biggest movie event of the year, possibly even the decade, because:
it's nothing more than a social justice propaganda piece that alienates it's core audience of young white males.
And the troll calling for the end of Cultural Marxism's added that:
A friend in LA said #StarWarsVII is basically "Deray in Space".
Which is obviously a direct calling out of the sterling work of civil rights activist DeRay Mckesson. But the icing on this cake of abject insanity is when this particular racist troll remarked that "JJ Abrams is an anti-white nut" and a "Jewish activist."
I Sense Much Fear...
Twitter was bemused and highly amused in equal abandon by the #BoycottStarWarsVII movement, and decided to add their ten cents to the discussion:
The Irony Awakens
This social media movement, which believes the inclusion of a woman and a black man in the lead roles of the new Star Wars movie will have a negative effect on children who couldn't give two damns about race and gender and are only there to see things go "pew-pew-boom," and *imitates the sound of a lightsaber being swung around*, have chosen to neglect how the Star Wars saga isn't exactly a barometer of cultural and gender diversity.
Before John Boyega first popped up into frame wearing the official garb of a Stormtrooper, there were like... what... three black men involved over the course of six movies...:
- Darth Vader was voiced by James Earl Jones
- Billy Dee Williams's Lando Calrissian
- Samuel L. Jackson's Mace Windu
And all of the above were glorified supporting characters to the exploits of Luke Skywalker, Jedi and white hero extraordinaire, Anakin Skywalker and Han Solo.
And the only women of glorified supporting status were:
- Carrie Fisher's Leia Organa
- Natalie Portman's Padmé Amidala
Everyone else that wasn't wearing a mask, a Māori clone, or existing as an alien life-form was pretty much white.
This sounds like the work of the Empire to me. Which is mind-melting levels of irony, don't you think? These people that are tossing around a hashtag that laments the lack of white male leads are basically touring social media attempting to eradicate people that are different to them in one blind and swift movement.
And as they go, they sow the seeds of order and racial and gender homogeny through a glove crafted of obsidian black material, best saved for wielding red bladed lightsabers.
I dunno, man. It's not every day that I get to see someone that looks like me attempting to save the galaxy, so I'll definitely be heading to the cinema.
(Sources: Twitter, THR, Buzzfeed)