I'm just still in shock that this is actually a thing.
Apparently, there are people who are claiming that the upcoming Star Wars: Episode VII movie promotes an anti-white agenda.
No, this is not a joke.
Of course, many were just as appalled by the hashtag.
Wait, people are trying to boycott the new Star Wars because they think there's an "anti-white" agenda? Is this some big joke?— Just Josh (@DeadRadical) October 19, 2015
prediction: the only people who end up participating in #BoycottStarWarsVII are nine guys who haven't left their moms' basements in years.— Machine Gun Kelly (@kellybarnhill) October 19, 2015
So, a bunch of racist white dudes are calling for people to #BoycottStarWarsVII because of the diversified cast. Wowza.— Rob O'Skeleton (@RobHand) October 19, 2015
There is a hashtag asking for a Star Wars boycott because the protagonist is a Black man. I don't even know what else to write here— The Book Smugglers (@booksmugglers) October 19, 2015
Others horrifyingly supported it with racist tweets that literally left me sick to my stomach.
Hi. I'm from Germany. Since I don't get told enough that I'm a Nazi on Twitter, I support #BoycottStarWarsVII— Sebastian Peitsch (@SPeitsch) October 19, 2015
#BoycottStarWarsVII because white children deserve wholesome movies, not more PC anti-white diversity crap.— End Cultural Marxism (@genophilia) October 19, 2015
Just another franchise built by white money and given to non whites for the sake of "diversity". #BoycottStarWarsVII— fyi (@cucksbeware) October 19, 2015
And still more claimed that the hashtag wasn't even real and just an excuse for people to use trolling to bring up a non-issue.
No one is boycotting Star Wars. Stop pretending to fall for a troll hashtag just so you can promote some dumbass narrative about nerds.— Ian Miles Cheong (@stillgray) October 19, 2015
As a writer, I am not often left speechless. But my brain doesn't seem to know where to even begin with the wrongness of this movement, which has gained so much traction that it is trending on Twitter. And the feed is full of ignorant comments that just make me sad for the world.
And it just makes me want to see Star Wars VII even more because negative, racist thoughts like this just aren't allowed to dictate the conversation. It can't be allowed.
We should be better than this. We should be more accepting and more loving than this.
I've worked with J.J. Abrams in the past. He is a kind, genius of a man who is doing what a great director should do by recognizing that diversity only enriches a movie and its characters. And that isn't something that he's forcing into the Star Wars franchise. We're talking about an intergalactic world here, where the movie wouldn't be complete without as many different-looking beings as possible, whether human in origin or not.
I can't wait to see the richness Abrams brings to this world that I, and many others, grew up loving. The franchise can only be better for it. The characters that we see on screen can only be better for it.
No one should be questioning that intention. It just shouldn't be allowed. Period.
As soon as she did, Twitter's response to Star Wars VII took a turn for the better.
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