Thursday, October 22, 2015

Star Wars trailer spurs anti-Semitic boycott movement

Via DW:
The release of the full-length Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer has sent the Internet into a frenzy. Not surprisingly, not all comments were about the likes of Chewbacca or Luke Skywalker.

As one tweet alluded to earlier, the cast is more ethnically diverse than in previous features, and a small group of Internet users have voiced concerns over what they call "anti-white propaganda" by film director J. J. Abrams. The hashtag #BoycottStarWarsVII started in a tweet by a UK-based right-wing activist nicknamed Lord Hummungus. It was then picked up by a blog called End Cultural Marxism. According to the blog, its goal is to fight what it sees as an attempt "to commit genocide against white people through mass non-white immigration, assimilation, transracial adoption and miscegenation." From that point on the hashtag spread, and social media was bombarded with racist comments with regard to the movie and the ethnicity of its cast members - and especially of the director, J. J. Abrams, who is Jewish.  more

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