Around the time that The Force Awakens opened in 2015, there was a manufactured controversy over the presence of a black stormtrooper. Apparently, SJWs everywhere were boldly rejecting racist comments that decried the presence of a black stormtrooper in the new film. But the primary problem with this controversy, was that the racist comments themselves didn’t actually exist. Sonny Bunch best described this phenomenon as “the preemptive denunciation of a controversy that doesn’t exist.” It seemed that SJWs were manufacturing a point, because they so badly wanted to make the heroic counterpoint against it in their quest to attain social justice folk hero status. SJW savages are notorious for routinely perpetrating Hate Hoaxes in a desperate effort to prove points that don’t exist. So even if original posts could be found, unless the identity of the poster can be verified, they should be viewed skeptically.
Now, some did question the ethnicity of a black stormtrooper with regards to the fact that according to Star Wars lore, stormtroopers were descended from clone troopers, which were cloned from Jango Fett, who was played by Maori actor Temuera Morrison. The question was directed more at the narrative of The Force Awakens, and why it didn’t explain if the stormtroopers had opened up their ranks to enlistees beyond the core cloned army and how that may have come about. It had nothing whatsoever to do with disapproval of a black stormtrooper in general. But that didn’t stop social justice freaks from making a big stink over nothing. I doubt that anything probably could.
But what made this whole nontroversy doubly bizarre, was that later Rogue One screenwriter Chris Weitz would tweet:
So SJWs were angry at people supposedly suggesting that black men can’t be stormtroopers in the Empire, while simultaneously labeling the Empire as a white supremacist organization. How does one reconcile that? Who knows.
But this weird basic perceptual problem seems to pervade SJW culture in general. Even though the bulk of these battles have been fought and won nearly half a century ago, they go on and on as though we still have separate water fountains today. They’re like the shell shocked soldier having flashbacks because they just can’t let the war go.
We see this phenomenon manifest in feminists, who talk at great length about women in Star Wars as though it’s a brand new thing. As though Princess Leia didn’t grace the screen 40 years ago. As though Queen Amidala didn’t fight in the Clone Wars nearly 20 years ago. It’s all brand new now, don’t you see?
There’s a brilliant video on YouTube where we get to listen to one of the stars from Rogue One carry on about how women have never been front and center in Star Wars before shooting lasers and fighting for freedom, played over footage of Princes Leia from the very first 1977 Star Wars film front and center shooting lasers and fighting for freedom.
This same misperceptual SJW hysteria manifests with regards to racial representation. The Finn character was lauded by SJWs as the great diversifier in Star Wars, as though Lando Calrissian hadn’t been running Cloud City back in 1980.
So it’s absolutely otherworldly, to read presumably paid columnists such as Angela Watercutter of WIRED type out truly bizarre sentences like this:
“And that goes for both categories of reactionaries—the Star Wars fan upset that the franchise’s heroes now include (::clutches pearls::) women and people of color and the misogynist, racist, classist, dark side of the populace that’s always been present, wielding power in one form or another.”
Is that a sentence? Or how about Todd VanDerWerff at VOX:
“But saying there’s a lot of cultural anxiety around this particular generational handoff is an understatement. And when you consider that Star Wars fandom has long been presided over by white guys, it’s natural this would lead to angry policing over what Star Wars is and isn’t. And that policing can be ugly and lead to toxic fandoms in which people who aren’t white men don’t feel comfortable.”
Or Scott Mendelson at Forbes:
“It’s also, nitpicks or genuine critiques notwithstanding, about telling the original batch of Star Wars fans that the franchise isn’t necessarily for them anymore. It’s rather for those who have been waiting on the sidelines (fans who weren’t white men) or fans of all stripes young enough to have fallen for Star Wars through The Force Awakens or Star Wars: Rebels.”
Or Joanna Robinson from Vanity Fair:
“Yes, there is a ticked-off splinter of the Star Wars fandom angered by The Last Jedi. These MAGA–esque fanboys—the same that called Rey a “Mary Sue” or lost their marbles over the 2016 all-female Ghostbusters reboot before it even hit theaters—have been spreading their overblown hatred all over social media. As you might imagine, those “fans”—who seem to take their cues from First Order supremacists Hux and Kylo rather than Resistance heroes Rey, Finn, and Poe—aren’t very comfortable with the film’s more progressive messages. Their hysteria-tinged reactions are best ignored.”
Or Ben Kuchera from Polygon:
“You can find good conversation and criticism of Star Wars online, but you have to wade through the small number of very loud, very angry and often very male “fans” who try to spread the message that Star Wars is ruined due to its inclusion of actors and characters who aren’t also straight, white males.”
What on Earth are these morons talking about? What is this weird issue they all seem to have with white males? And why are they stupidly echoing each other? Don’t these drones have individual thoughts of their own?
The Star Wars franchise has always included women and people of color and women. You’re not blazing a trail here. You’re on a well worn beaten path.
I’m firmly convinced that Angela Watercutter and the others simply doesn’t understand the definitions of the words that they’re typing out, and are merely regurgitating social justice phraseology that she’s been programmed with during their time in “higher education” without regard to whether or not any of it actually applies. Maybe that’s what it takes to be a social justice folk hero, and I’m sure that typing out that silly sentence(?) got all of their endorphins flowing.
But I have to seriously wonder, are those kinds of writers stricken with some form of mental retardation? I’m not saying that sarcastically, rather, I mean the question quite literally and sincerely. How can a person look at a franchise that has always had non-white male leads from the very beginning for 40 years, and then go on tirades about non-white male leads being in it for the very first time? Clearly, some form of mental retardation plays a significant role in the SJW thought process.
But this could also demonstrate the inherent danger when you “let the past die.” You have no idea about anything that came before, and thus stupidly think that everything you’re doing is brand spankin’ new.
In fact, we can demonstrate that the purported “more broad representation” in the Sequel Trilogy is very old stuff indeed, by comparing two characters of color; Lando Calrissian and Finn.
Lando Calrissian, a character that we were introduced to way back in 1980, was the “administrator” of the mining operations on Cloud City at Bespin. Translated into Earth terms, he was essentially the mayor of a small town and the CEO of a mining operation. He then rescued Han Solo from the clutches of the galaxy’s most ruthless gangster, Jabba the Hutt. He then went on to lead the Rebel Fleet as a General, and led the assault on the Death Star 2.0 at which he made the winning shot that blew up the space station and destroyed the Empire for good (at least until that was retconned in Episode VII).
Finn, who we met in 2015, was a janitor for the First Order. The character serves as a comedic foil in the narrative. He piloted a ship in The Last Jedi in an assault against walkers, but Rose sabotaged his efforts before he could have his tragic hero moment.
Keeping these two descriptions in mind, which one more clearly resembles a token character? Lando Calrissian served a vital essential function in the narrative, and played a role of prominent importance. Finn does not. In fact given Finn’s primarily comedic sidekick role, the character is somewhat of a throwback to the 1940s and 1950s, when “black actors had to play dumb for roles as nannies and servants,” often for comedic value at the expense of the dignity of the character and actor.
So the Sequel Trilogy and the Finn character in particular actually represents a regression to very old offensive racial stereotypes that have been outdated for a very long time, but are now unwittingly rebooted because some folks have “let the past die.”