ByJonathan Osterman, writer at
Let me preface this by saying that racism is real and does exist in our modern society. This article is in no way meant to be dismissive of real racism which is a serious problem. However, the media hype about the Star Wars race issue is not real, it’s fabricated hype.

It should be no surprise to anyone that the media is fond of fabricating stories in order to get clicks which generates ad revenue, it’s how they make a profit. Recently the media has been hyping the idea that a huge number of Star Wars fans are angry that John Boyega was cast in the film because he’s a black man. This simply isn’t true. What started out as hardcore Star Wars fans being upset that John Boyega was cast as a Storm Trooper was quickly escalated by the media to give off the impression that these fans are simply angry because he’s black. The real issue was that these fans were upset that the Storm Trooper mythology’s continuity was broken since Storm Troopers are supposed to be clones and therefore all look the exact same. Having a black man play a Storm Trooper seemed to contradict the continuity and integrity of the mythology. Of course we don’t know enough details about the movie to say that the mythology is actually broken so these fans may be upset over nothing. The point is, they aren’t upset simply because he’s a black man like the media would like you to believe.

Of course there will be a minority of people who are racists that protest anything race related but those people are such a small minority that they aren’t even worth giving attention to. Just think about it, how many people do you know in real life that are upset about John Boyega’s casting in Star Wars because they have problem with black people? Probably zero unless you happen to be a member of the KKK. Star Wars fans are not opposed to black actors in general, take Billy Dee Williams from the original films or James Earl Jones as Darth Vader, two beloved characters in the Star Wars fan community.

Many people don’t realize just how clever the media is. They paint a picture of the world through misleading headlines and when people believe the headlines it creates a controversy that never really existed in the first place. What happens next is people start flooding the internet with anti-racism memes and videos which only help to perpetuate the nonexistent issue even further giving the hype more credibility than it deserves. Just don’t believe everything you read online, especially if it doesn’t match up with your real life experience. The picture of the world that the media paints is so far removed from real life that if we start to believe everything the media says we start to believe we are living in the fantasy world the media has created.

Written by Jonathan Osterman

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