By Nicholas Whitt |Staff Writer|
John Boyega, actor in the upcoming film Star Wars: The Force Awakens, has been targeted for issues that may not pertain towards the actual film but for being black.
The release of the new trailer had people go straight to social media, trending #BoycottStarWars, with comments stating key words like “White genocide.”
“#BoycottStarWarsVII because I am sick of muds being casted in white parts. #StopAppropriatingWhiteCulture,” tweeted @DarklyEnlighten, who is notorious for posting racial slurs. The tweet may have been removed before print.
“#BoycottStarWarsVII because instead of using the force, they use affirmative action,” stated @Bjom_Blonde
It seems that people will turn heads on what they might love just because a black man is involved in it, even if it has to do with a fantasy genre or fictional characters.
“The fact that some people believe white genocide is possible by a fictional character playing in a science fictional film shows how fearful white people are when discussing race,” stated by Andre Thompson, Internal vice Chair of the Black Student Union from UCSD.
Thompson continued, “for the greater part of black history black people have found ways of relating to predominately white cast in movies and TV shows, so its rather strange that the same cant be reciprocated for a black actor. “
The ironic part is how Star Wars has always been a diverse galaxy filled with different classes, races, and extraterrestrial species.
The skin color of a Jedi should not be our priority; let’s worry more whether director J.J Abrams gave Jabba the Hutt light saber skills or something just as ridiculous.
Abrams stated he was excited to show the new trailer and that he doesn’t “care if you’re Black, White, Brown, Jawa, Wookiee, Jedi, or Sith. I just hope you like it.”
With many black individuals having an important role in the Star Wars universe, why would this cause an uproar?
“It’s also weird that Samuel L. Jackson was a prominent portion of the Star wars series as well as the voice of Darth Vader being a black man. Black genocide has been happening since the conception of this country but yet it’s easier to get a campaign going to boycott a movie about space ships then boycott racist police officers,” stated Thompson.
Despite the boycott, Star Wars: The Force Awakens is scheduled for release on December 18.
Tickets recently went on sale, selling $6.5 million worth of tickets and broke a record for IMAX ticket sales, which were six times more than the amount sold for Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight Rises in the same time period, according to Ashley Jenkins of Rooster Teeth.
The ticket sale activity was so overwhelming that websites like Fandango crashed, added Jenkins.
With ticket sales breaking records and online forums spreading the word, there is no doubt that people will still lineup to see Star Wars; boycotting might not be successful because there’s no such thing as bad publicity.
Honestly though, the next thing people will complain about is how Jar Jar Binks isn’t in the new movie, #BringJarJarBack.