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Published May 3, 2015

Have you seen the new Star Wars trailer?

Okay so it’s not really new at this point, but I’ve been stewing about it since I dared (yeah, I know) to read the comments.

Star Wars is kind of an institution in pop culture and science fiction, for better or for worse. While I love Star Wars, in the past I’ve expressed reservations about the director. But I’ve changed my mind and this trailer has rekindled my excitement in the franchise. Unfortunately, I went ahead and read the comments, excited to see everyone as psyched about it as I was. Spoiler alert: they were not.

 

Not all of the comments are bad. Some are legitimately amusing:

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Some are thought-provoking:

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And there are some valid concerns. But hey, if you actually liked the trailer for Clash of the Titans, that’s your own problem.

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My first issue with the trailer is that it seems that half of Youtube didn’t watch the movie in which Darth Vader literally dies and literally comes back as a Force-ghost.

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Remember this?

 

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COME ON GUYS, HE’S LITERALLY A FORCE-GHOST, WHAT POINT ARE YOU TRYING TO MAKE HERE? HAVE YOU WATCHED THE MOVIES?

A caveat – perhaps he’ll be resurrected or cloned or something, as a recent rumour has it, but still, ughhhh.

 

And on a more serious note, there is a ton of weird bigotry – subtle and not so subtle – going on in the Star Wars fandom, or at least in the Youtube comments, most of it centred around John Boyega’s character Finn. Also known as “the black guy”, apparently:

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For those not in the know, the internet is a brilliant thing you can use to look things up. Like names. Really. Also, if you don’t think shit is tough for black people right now, you probably aren’t paying attention. And pro tip: if the only black dude you like is Samuel L Jackson, you’re probably racist. (Also, fun fact: he was involved in the Black Power movement and he probably would not like you.)

Then there’s the uninformed bigotry:

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Cool fact: Stormtroopers =/= Clonetroopers. I’m sure I don’t need to get into it, but it’s kinda true. Not to mention it’s not exactly like the original Clonetroopers were white anyway.

Also, if you thought that not-so-subtle bit of anti-Semitism wasn’t very subtle, there’s worse.

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Seriously, out of all the reasons to dislike George Lucas, being Jewish is not one of them. (Is Lucas even Jewish? Does it actually matter? Answer: no.)

 

But this one here is the real doozy:

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Wow. There’s so much to unpack here, I almost want to give it to a Year 11 English class. Firstly, Tylor doesn’t even bother playing the “colourblind” card, he just goes straight into race. And apparently casting women is pandering to girls and liberals who think they’re “equal”. Also got a nice “entitlement” bit in there. I kind of want to make a nerdy-dudebro-on-the-internet bingo card.

 

And finally, there’s this bitter old guy!!!!!!!!

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So next time, remember the golden rule of reading or watching anything at all, in any way controversial: Don’t Read Comments. Seriously.

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