In another class I am currently taking, we discussed the racial controversy surrounding the soon-to-be-released Star Wars movie. We watched this clip from the Daily Show.
To me, the claims of the dissenters seem so absurd, so ignorant, so blindly hateful, saying that this movie is “anti-white” or has a “sinister multicultural agenda.” The Hollywood industry’s constant stream of commodified, white-washed media never ceases to amaze me, and yet, here we have an example of a movie that fights this trend, but it is met with such violent backlash. Particularly in the context of Star Wars, a movie abound with aliens, unusual facial features and skin types and colors, I simply cannot even begin to fathom how anyone could possibly feel justified in protesting this movie’s inclusion of a non-white protagonist in the cast, the majority of which is white actors. The lack of diversity in Hollywood films and TV in general is indicative of broader issues of color-blindness and explicit and implicit racism in the industry and society at large.