Star Wars VII may be the most anticipated movie of a generation. Ticket sales are available two months beforehand. And yet there’s a disturbance in the force: a group of white nerds are rightly upset that Star Wars is painting white people as the enemy.
Is the very white Star Wars being culturally appropriated by the Jewish J. J. Abrams?
Much like the changes in Star Trek match an overall mutation in liberalism from can do Kennedyism to multi-culti nihilism, Star Wars is being made to fall in line. (For what it’s worth GotNews.com is pro-Star Wars, pro-Firefly over the more fascistic Star Trek.)
The racial politics of Star Wars have been talked about for some time.
The mulatto Lando Calrissian betrays our heroes before he is redeemed. The black Mace Windu is essentially a nonentity in the earlier episodes. Jar Jar Binks, who is voiced by a black man, is similarly irrelevant though I’ll note that it’s Binks’s vote that gives us the Empire. Huh.
Star Wars is a productive of a white America whether or not we want to accept it. The action figures that made George Lucas a billionaire were purchased by suburban white families.
Here’s what JJ Abrams reportedly said about white people in passing:
Read that statement to yourself: If you were to substitute “Jewish” or “black” for the “white” you’d have a problem.
It was white and Jewish-American nerds that put us into space and yet it’s Guatemalan-born (Oscar Isaac), Mexico-born Kenyan (Lupita Nyong’o), and the British-born white girl (Daisy Ridley) and the British-born Nigerian (John Boyega) who get to fight for the Rebel Alliance.
None of these countries even have a manned space program.
Forgive me if this white nerd calls bullshit.
— Jack Posobiec?? (@JackPosobiec) October 19, 2015
One of the problems of the prequels is how unrelatable the characters were. Sure, part of the problem is the green screen but another unnoticed problem is the lack of Americans in the lineup. Canadian Hayden Christensen plays Anakin Skywalker. Irishman Liam Neeson plays the forgettable Qui Gon Jinn. The Israeli Natalie Portman plays Queen Amidala. And Scotsman Ewan McGregor plays Obi-Won Kenobi.
How about some American actors?
Is it an accident that the most iconic of the Star Wars characters, Han Solo (played by Harrison Ford), that archetype Westerner, is an American? Of course it isn’t. Mark Hamill is American. So too is Princess Leia’s Carrie Fisher. James Earl Jones, the voice of Darth Vader, is a black American.
Space belongs to the people smart enough to invent rockets and indoor plumbing. It belongs to a frontier people, thank you very much. And now the frontier is flooded with the Third World, drowning out the ambitions of those white nerds.
Is it any surprise that we all pin our hopes on a white immigrant from South Africa to hopefully reopen the final frontier?
But SpaceX is grounded (for the moment) and so, too, will be a generation of young white boys (yes, they’re boys) who won’t be much interested in a version of the future where they are cast as the villain.
(By the way, most of this post was an elaborate troll that ensnared lots of my critics.)