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Star Wars Hashtag Embarrasses Media

Todd Wohling / October 22, 2015 at 10:00 AM / Archive

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Rare is the day when we can all sit back and have an earnest belly laugh at how monumentally gullible the intellectual and emotional preschoolers writing for progressive media, including The Mary Sue and Salon, are.  This is one of those days.

If, like me, you’re staying away from the hype surrounding Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens in an attempt, in vain, from driving your expectations so high the film cannot possibly match them, you might not know the official trailer for Ep. VII was released everywhere Monday.  It’s a skosh over 2 minutes of solid gold for a fan of the galaxy far, far away.

I’ve watched it many times this week, and I get chills and goosebumps every time I do.

The trailer was not released without controversy, though.  Apparently, according to the media preschool, hours before the trailer went live on Monday Night Football, #BoycottStarWarsVII started on twitter, allegedly by racists who “are calling for a boycott of Star Wars: The Force Awakens because it promotes ‘white genocide.’”

The media, along with fandom usurping websites like The Mary Sue, ran with the “story,” a lurid tale of racist tweets that was “taken back” by the “true fans” of Star Wars and the new series’ apparent progressive leanings under Hilary Clinton co-owner and TFA writer and director J.J. Abrams.

None of that is the story, however.  No, the story is how a bunch of intellectual and emotional infants got suckered by an obvious troll hashtag, and, blinded by their hate, had to give the hashtag more steam. #BoycottStarWarsVII started trending on Twitter to the point national news outlets like USA Today picked up the “story.”

4Chan has taken credit for the hashtag, and it was indeed a troll, to the surprise of no one with real world experience.  At least people like Feminista Jones had the good sense to not touch the bait.  She should probably be training the rest of the Ministry of Truth how not to touch bait in the future.

Things They’d Know If They Knew Things about Star Wars

Let’s talk canon for a bit here, both the disavowed canon, and post-Disney buyout canon.  Did you know the being who put Darth Sidious in position to declare himself Emperor wasn’t even human?

It’s true. Sith Lord Darth Plagueis was a Muun, and he, not Sidious, was instrumental in manipulating virtually every important player in what would become the Clone Wars into positions such that the Sith would reap the ultimate benefits from galactic schism.  Plagueis’s master was also not a human, but a Bith named Darth Tenebrous.

This fact has certain interesting canonical corollaries to it.  The biggest, since we’re on the subject of racism, is that the racism that existed under the Empire is a manifestation of Sidious and his closest advisors, and not of the Sith in general.  Whether in the form of Imperial Admirals lamenting a tavern serving humans and non-humans in equal measure, the way people on Coruscant referred to humanoid lifeforms as “near humans,” or the way Admiral Piett referred to the bounty hunters on the Executor as scum—only 1 human was among them, Boba Fett—the nascent racism of the Empire was a creation of the individual men and women in it independent of influences of the Force.  This is to say nothing about the overt bigotry against droids highlighted in Episode IV’s cantina scene.

There’s plenty to write about in terms of the Star Wars universe and racism, if you have the work ethic to go and find it.  Though, the kind of racism in Star Wars is that of people, not systems.  The Empire itself is not racist, but many of the people in positions of power, including Sidious himself, would appear to be.  That’s counter to the narrative that every system is itself racist, which might be a reason people at fraud fan sites like The Mary Sue won’t talk about it.

It could also be the people writing about Star Wars for these “fan” sites don’t actually know anything about the universe on which they are writing.

The last question I want to ask is why Salon, The Mary Sue, The Next Web, WND, The Daily Least, and some mainstream outlets are picking up on this particular hashtag at this particular time?

Why This Matters

The #BoycottStarWarsVII hashtag was a 4Chan troll op, but the tweets chosen by The Ministry of Truth were chosen by design to whip up the outrage machine to a fine froth.  In that respect, the trolls can claim absolute victory over the infantile gender “ideoblogosphere.”

Outside of the typical, asinine outrage peddling for clicks from the usual suspects, I think blowing a troll hashtag like #BoycottStarWarsVII massively out of proportion and publicly shaming the few people without situational awareness enough to post earnestly in the tag is a warm up act for the next 13 months.

Between now and next November, Americans are going to be labeled sexists or misogynists for even considering voting against Hilary Clinton in Democratic primaries or November 2016’s election.  To the outrage peddlers, it is irrelevant HRC is owned by George Soros, J.J. Abrams, Stephen Spielberg, and Jeffrey Katzenberg, or her top career campaign contributors list looks like the Guests of Honor list for a Who’s Who among People Who Bankrupted the Working Class in 2008 convention.  There will be exactly zero words written about classism specific to the “progressive” candidate being anything but for the working class in this election cycle, and 2.3 *1014 words—that’s the length of Han Solo’s famed Kessel run expressed in miles—written about sexism, misogyny, glass ceilings, and single most powerful position in the Western world.

To even mention classism or donor lists will be cast as misogyny; to suggest another candidate would do a better job of running America will be distorted into an admission of hatred toward all women.  After a debacle of galactic proportions like this, ask yourself the following: Do you trust these catastrophically naive ideologues to get anything correct in the next year, given their agenda of rage and entitlement has blinded them utterly from identifying obvious trolls in favor of pushing a nonexistent narrative?

I don’t either.  Perhaps we should treat the position of President of the United States with the deference it deserves, instead of making a mockery of the democratic process again, like we have every cycle for the last 16 years.

Eh, maybe I’m making a mountain out of a mole hill. Besides, the real crime when it comes to Star Wars isn’t that Jess Lachenal, Doug Ernst, Justin Carissimo, Anna Silman, and Natt Garun are too addle minded to resist getting trolled by 4Chan, yet they are allowed by their editors to write about Star Wars and/or racism.  No, the real crime in the galaxy far, far away is Luminara Unduli is dead, and the insufferable Ahsoka “Skyguy” Tano is alive and well.

Todd Wohling

A long time ago on an Intellivision far, far away my gaming journey started with Lock n' Chase, Advanced Dungeons & Dragons The Cloudy Mountain, and Night Stalker. I earned both a BS-Physics and a BS-Mathematics from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. Today I spend most of my time on PC. I left a career of 14 years in aerospace in Colorado, so I could immigrate to Norway.

  • Inquiring

    Every trailer, and bit of news I have seen about the new Star Wars film has made me less and less interested in it. I might be one of the only people who thinks JJAbrams is an absolute shit director though, and what he did to Star Trek was an abomination (and I don’t even like Star Trek). And, to me, it appears he is continuing the trend with Star Wars; too much stuff looks like it was put in because, “it’s cool,” and “it will remind people of scenes in the original trilogy.”

  • Yeah i get the same feeling with the new starwars movie trailers that i get from watching the end of Fringe. Beginning and middle will most likely be wonderful with a great setup only to come crashing down because JJAbrams got bored and really didn’t care for it. This seems to be a trend for JJ he starts strong then dies 40-60% through if he even likes it to begin with. No forgiving for Star Trek.

  • calbeck357

    But I LIKED “Clone Wars”… -:(

    …well, except for the Mandalorian Retcon. That’s a crime against SF/F all by itself >^>

  • Todd Wohling

    Feature film or series?
    The original animated shorts were amazing.
    The feature film was Ewok movies bad.
    The series itself was okay, but *not* because of Ahsoka.

  • Ted Oh

    I always thought Admiral Piett’s disgust with bounty hunters was more akin to a professional (aristocratic) military officer’s disdain for mercenaries and “part-time” killers.

    I’m sure it could be both, but InsultedProfessional!Piett is more palatable than Racist!Piett.

  • calbeck357

    CGI series. Ahsoka, I had no real problems with. That said, my greater interest in the series was it did a decent job of filling in the inter-movie gap. It had the only Anakin to date with any character development (aside of course from the original trilogy). I have a hard time envisioning a sidekick character for him that WOULDN’T have most, or all, of Ahsoka’s traits — she alternately pushed and grounded the aforementioned development.

    Now, that said, does she necessarily make SENSE as a Jedi padawan? Ehh… no. Only as Anakin’s padawan, because he lets her get away with everything Obi Wan (or any other Master) wouldn’t. Then again, Anakin himself is a lousy Jedi to begin with.

  • Mr Snow

    I think he made great choices in the Star Trek movie.

    The original Star Trek films were incredibly vast departures from the TV series in tone and characterization.

    Aside from the amount of lens flare he really liked, he knows how to pace a scene and make action interesting.

  • vashthedash

    dear god pacifistic Mado was the dumbest thing I ever heard and still makes me rage a little.

  • vashthedash

    That animated series made me afraid of Grevious. Then episode 3 came out and ruined him forever.

  • CM Dubya

    Abrams isn’t what I’d call terrible, just incredibly bland and perfunctory. All of his films/TV shows are well put together enough time killers, but nothing that’s going to stick with you for long once you get done with em. He’s fine for what he is, I guess, but not worth the hype his name inexplicably brings in.

    These new SW kids are SOOOOOO not becoming the cultural icons that the originals managed to be, for sure. They’ll make their money, people will freak out over it for a few weeks, and then everyone will just kinda move on, just like they do from every Abrams production.

  • Reptile

    Knowing that Imperial Commando 2 was cancelled and the whole Republic Commando series are uncannon now, meaning the mighty Mandalorian warriors like Skirata and his sons now doesn’t exist made me go nuts and not care anymore about Star Wars.

  • Audie Bakerson

    “fandom usurping websites”

    This is really a perfect description of them.

  • mikey

    If you don’t like JJ you hate the jews… lol ^)^

  • We’ve gone past the point of no return. The identity politics of neo-progressivism has already taken root like a cancerous tumor. It may be awhile before these chuckleheads start to finally wise up and cut it out.

  • Kev Lew

    I was with you right up to the “real crime” part, Tano became capable despite the conflicted (near useless) tutor, Luminara Unduli was just the punctuation in a well planned turn-around.

  • Boobiful

    … Wait people actually believed the hashtag was real?


    And it’s the one that makes the most sense. That’s what I always thought when I heard that line from him. Piett always struck me as the kind of guy who was extremely by the book. Professional. Took no shit from anyone. Especially from Bounty Hunters who he probably viewed as using underhanded tactics to complete goals instead of following the same code of honor Piett did.

  • Trigger

    Yes, because they wanted to believe it was real, and they wanted to believe it was real because, if it were real, it would back up their preconceptions about nerds and geeks.