|‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ cast members Oscar Isaac, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, director JJ Abrams and producer Kathleen Kennedy at "Star Wars Celebration in Anaheim, California, April 17, 2015. Source: Reuters|
This post is for all the so-called "Star Wars fans" who hate having a Black man as the lead. Please boycott Star Wars. Never see another Star Wars movie. Never buy another Star Wars bathrobe. Never go to another Star Wars convention. On behalf of the millions of real Star Wars fans, we don't want you anyway. Please leave.
Today we're getting the next Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer. It's amazing and exciting news. But, the Internet is what it is.
There's a disturbance in the force. A new hashtag started trending called #BoycotStarWarsVII. Why? Is it because of the Syria refugee crisis that displaced 7.6 million people? Is it because the 7.8 earthquake in Nepal that left 200,000 in suffering? No. It's because of a much greater threat. It's possible that racist nerds may have to watch a Black man star, and even kiss a White girl, in a movie. They worry it'll promote "White Genocide" and "Race Mixing" which are currently listed as #2,567,989 and #78,000,778 on the list of the humanitarian crises affecting the world.
What are they mad about? Star Wars Episode VII is the long-awaited sequel to Star Wars: Return of the Jedi from 1983. It stars John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Academy Award winner Lupita Nyong’o, Gwendoline Christie, Crystal Clarke, Pip Andersen, Domhnall Gleeson, and Max von Sydow.
One of the hundreds of human, and non-human, stars of the movie is Finn who's played by John Boyega and wears a stormtrooper uniform. He happens to be Black. It's also rumored (rumored mind you) that he's the main character in the film and could end up in a relationship with Daisy Ridley. Ridley is White. That's it. That's what's causing the commotion. I've already listed six good reasons why a Black Guy is wearing stormtrooper armor, but it's not enough for some people.
Boyega has recognized that some people hate his character and has responded with style and grace. In an interview with V magazine, Boyega said that these fans are just going to have to "get used to it." "I’m in the movie, what are you going to do about it? You either enjoy it or you don’t. I’m not saying get used to the future, but what is already happening," Boyega said. "People of color and women are increasingly being shown on-screen. For things to be whitewashed just doesn’t make sense.” While many assume his casting is some sort of attack on the White majority, Boyega says that's garbage. "I had a multicultural society to take advantage of," Boyega said in the interview, "I worked hard and ended up where I am today."
But, none of that stops racist trolls hiding behind keyboards from declaring they're fighting back at Hollywood by boycotting the film. That's cool with me.
The reality is no matter how many chat rooms you have and no matter how many hashtags you start, you're in the minority. There aren't enough of you guys to fill a theater. Even if there are millions of you guys, we don't want you anyway. Star Wars is about unity and equality. It unites people around the world and has crossed every ethnic and social boundary in the human race. It starred Billy Dee Williams as one of the greatest Black characters in science fiction history. It's wonderful and 99.999% of fans love equality. It's sad to think there's a vocal minority who want to promote hate-speech. So good riddance. I wish I could say there was a big moral reason I want you to boycott, but it's purely selfish.
The advance tickets for the movie go on sale today and I'm sure it'll be sold out in minutes. The movie opens two months from now, but the crash has already started. First tickets for "Star Wars 7" were released in the U.K. on Monday. In the U.S., we have to wait until Monday evening to reserve our tickets. But it's already crashing ticket sale sites. It crashed ticket sites of ODEON, Cineworld, Vue and PictureHouse. That's just for one country. Can you imagine what's going to happen when the tickets go on sale during ESPN's Monday Night Football game? It'll be madness!
So, the fewer people buying tickets, the better my chances of getting a family four-pack for opening day. The fewer people in line, the better my chances of getting those middle row seats that really make the 3-D pop out of the screen. The fewer people buying toys, the better my chances of getting that special edition Finn action figure with the light-up saber.
Please boycott Star Wars. While you're off gnashing your teeth at the horror of ethnic diversity, we'll be enjoying one of the greatest cultural events of the decade. I'll get extra butter on my popcorn for you. While you're at it, please boycott Star Trek, Doctor Who, and Marvel superhero films. It took me forever to get Avengers tickets.
Official Star Wars Force Awakens Summary
Star Wars: Episode VII will be directed by J.J. Abrams (Super 8, Mission: Impossible III, Star Trek) and is being scripted by Abrams and Lawrence Kasdan (Raiders of the Lost Ark, The Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi). Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy, J.J. Abrams, and Bryan Burk are producing, with Tommy Harper (Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol, Jack Ryan, Star Trek Into Darkness) and Jason McGatlin (Tintin, War of the Worlds) serving as executive producers. John Williams is returning to score Star Wars: Episode VII.Directed by J.J. Abrams
Cinematography by Daniel Mindel
Production Design by Rick Carter and Darren Gilford
Starring: John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, Max von Sydow, Lupita Nyong'o, and Gwendoline Christie, with Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew and Kenny Baker
Release Dates: December 18, 2015 (USA)
Official Site: starwars.com
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About the Author: Maurice Mitchell
I'm an avid science fiction fan, former professional graphic designer, and certified blerd. After the death of my Star Wars action figures, I use my powers for good and not for evil.
Visit my concept art blog: http://filmsketchr.blogspot.com
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