‘Star Wars’ trailer, race and the ugly forces of Twitter


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Sally Kohn: A twitter hashtag apparently started by handful of racist, white-supremacist trolls in reaction to Star Wars trailer release

She says director J.J. Abrams may have intentionally chosen diverse cast to upend good (white)/bad (black) stereotypes in film

Editor’s Note: Sally Kohn is an activist, columnist and television commentator. Follow her on Twitter: @sallykohn. The opinions expressed in this commentary are hers.

CNN —  

“Star Wars: The Force Awakens” doesn’t come out until December, but it’s already stirring controversy – among anti-diversity white supremacists. No, I’m serious. They appear to be angry that in the newest film in the “Star Wars” series, the lead heroic characters aren’t white men.

On Twitter Sunday night, after the latest trailer for “The Force Awakens” was released, what appears to be a handful of explicitly racist tweeters started the hashtag #BoycottStarWarsVII.

Sally Kohn
Sally Kohn

“#BoycottStarWarsVII because it is anti-white propaganda promoting #whitegenocide,” read one tweet promoting the hashtag. Another tweet called the film “a social justice propaganda piece that alienates it’s [sic] core audience of young white males.” And one tweet, according to the Hollywood Reporter, charged that “SJWs (Social Justice Warriors) complain about White artists ‘misappropriating’ culture created by blacks but then celebrate a non-White Star Wars.” Tweets also went after director J.J. Abrams for being Jewish and anti-white.