Monday, December 1, 2014

Blatant

I've been reading a lot today about people...well, not just normal people really, Star Wars fanboys...offended by the idea of a black stormtrooper.


Seriously, even if all the stormtroopers in Episodes 4 to 6 were still clones of Jango Fett twenty years or so after he died, this new movie takes place another 30 YEARS after the fall of Palpatine and supposedly the Empire at the end of "Jedi."  Why do they still have to be using clones of Jango Fett fifty years or so later?

If you've got problems with a black stormtrooper (to misquote Jeff Foxworthy), you may be a racist.

If somehow you've actually got quibbles about the actor's performance in the five to ten seconds we see him, rather than the color of his skin, then maybe you're not a racist.  You may want to withhold judgment until you see more of his acting, though.

On the other hand, the soccer ball droid looks ridiculous.  Feel free to bash on that.


13 comments:

  1. I like Star Wars.
    I hate Star Wars fans, and shit like this is why.
    Also, why the fuck would you want to keep using clones of a guy who died like a chump?

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  2. Oh wow! :-( I had not read of anybody taking offense at a black stormtrooper until you mentioned it in your post. I thought it was more realistic moving away from a clone army or a clone army of just ONE guy. If something isn't screwed up just wait on a segment of the fans to screw it up...

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  3. Nothing has been said that this guy wasn't "in disguise", I mean it has happened before...

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  4. The first movie makes it pretty clear stormtroopers are not all clones, the stormtroopers do not instantly notice look is too short for a stormtrooper. Anyone having issues with individuals of all sorts of backgrounds being stormtroopers is a fool... unless this guy is running away after being exposed for inflitrating, or maybe it's surplus armor post palpatine? Folks should be complaining about the total lack of any hint to story in the teaser.

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    1. I don't really mind the lack of story, I tend to be annoyed at trailers that give away a lot of it before you even go see the movie.

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    2. Something like "Empires don't all die with the emperor" or "A long struggle yet to end" would be enough of a story indication for me.

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    3. JD - that's more or less what they did in the books and comics, right? The Empire was too big, and a remnant remained for the New Republic to fight. Wouldn't surprise me at all if that's what's going on here in the new trilogy.

      It's better than Force resistant alien conquerors from another dimension.

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  5. You know, I keep seeing this story pop up that there's some raging contingent of Star Wars fans offended by the idea of the black storm trooper, but I've yet to see any evidence of it. Oh sure, I'm perfectly willing to accept that there are some basement dwelling trolls that happen to like star wars and also happen to be racists and have said something, but nothing of a sizable group. Certainly nothing that would justify the amount of stories being written about this. None of these stories have contained links to any forum discussion, twitter discussion or even geocities web page where these "Star Wars fans" are supposedly going crazy about this. This is strongly stinking of another click bait viral story that's going to turn out to be so much bull.

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    1. You know, it could be just that. I don't use Twitter but I have seen a few "retweets" or commentary by users that appears racist. I didn't investigate if they were real or fake, though. It could be a tempest in a teapot for publicity purposes.

      If it is happening, even a little, I'd rather expose the bottom dwellers and initiate dialogue about the issue than just shrug it off as a few "crazies" in the fan-base.

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  6. Yeah, the original stormtroopers had American, not Kiwi accents and were different heights, so they weren't all clones of Jango. Racists indeed.

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  7. Black stormtrooper is awesome.

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  8. I think the loud folks are the minority - on all points.

    The internet is full of people who would complain if you offered them a giant chocolate sundae topped with money.

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