Trevor Noah attacks racist Star Wars boycott

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Trevor Noah talks about Star Wars, specifically a recent trend on Twitter calling for people to #BoycottStarWarsVII. The hashtag, which was really more troll than truth, was perpetuated by a few members of 4chan, who accused the film of “pushing a sinister multicultural agenda” by the diversity of its cast. This caused the kind of reactive outrage typical of Twitter, and about 95 percent of the Tweets using the hashtag were using it to talk about how ridiculous the hashtag was.

Director J.J. Abrams responded to the outrage, saying he doesn’t care “if you’re black, brown, Jawa, Wookiee, Jedi, or Sith,” as long you enjoy the film. “Did J.J. just #AllLivesMatter Star Wars?” asks Trevor, before pointing out that there is a long history of people getting upset about the race of fictional characters in such films as The Hunger Games, and Fantastic Four. He then hands it over to Jordan Klepper to find out how the nerds are reacting, but Jordan can only focus on the “important stuff like obscure fictional minutia,” like technical details, that nerds can argue about online. “Black, white, Asian—no matter your race or creed, you’re all equally wrong about the thrust speed of an X-34 Landspeeder.” Jordan eventually gets to the point about ethnicity, but his last words point out the continuing lack of roles for another underrepresented group of heroes: women.

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