finally had enough of the day to day oppression and marginalization of their people for so many years and are now in an uproar over what they perceive as racism in the film industry. After the release of the final trailer of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” many in the white community have started a movement to boycott the JJ Abrams film.
Using the hashtag #BoycottStarWarsVII, whites are accusing the film of pushing a multicultural agenda and engage in “white genocide,” according to one of the tweets that used the hashtag.
The hashtag, which first made its rounds on Twitter this past Sunday and Monday night, objected that none of the films main protagonists are a white male. Daisy Ridley is a woman, John Boyega is African American and Oscar Isaac is Guatemalan American.
Though the hashtag first began with just a small vocal group of individuals on social media, part of the reason why it has began to trend is due to others retweeting the hashtag out of curiosity or to simply defend the upcoming film for the iconic brand. Defenders of the movie included Ava Duvernay, a prominent African American female director best known for her work with “Selma.” She is now working to encourage Twitter to #CelebrateStarWarsVII instead.
One Twitter user wrote in defense of the movie, “#BoycottStarWarsVII folks, Lemme get this straight: Wookies, Ewoks & Droids are fine but a BLACK PERSON is a problem? Go home.You’re Drunk.”
The previous “Star Wars” films housed prominent African American actors such as Billy Dee Williams as Lando Calrissian, Samuel L. Jackson as Jedi Master Mace Windu and James Earl Jones as Darth Vader throughout their original trilogy.
So what are your thoughts on this current trending hashtag? Do you think that these white people have a reason to cry racism? Or are they just being absolutely ridiculous?