In today’s era, the concept of the hashtag holds as much social value as the concept of slogans, flyers, and telegrams did in years past. It has become social media’s way of promoting movements, forging networking opportunities, and allowing the collective users of these digital platforms to connect with other individuals who share similar beliefs and values. After all, it was through the hashtag #MayPac that we discovered the dominant society’s burning hatred for boxing champion Floyd Mayweather. Now, there’s a new hashtag that has been created:
Under this hashtag, you will come across countless disgruntled users on social media outlets such as Twitter who feel slighted because the latest installment in the Star Wars series did not feature white male lead characters. The film, titled Star Wars: The Force Awakens, has a young lead character by the name of John Boyega. The budding star’s age isn’t the issue with the Star Wars diehards. It is because of the fact that he is a Melanoid man taking on the role of one of the infamous–yet wildly popular–stormtroopers.
Here are just a few Tweets which illustrate just how intense the white Star Wars fans’ dislike for the new film really is:
— Complex (@ComplexMag) October 19, 2015
SJWs complain about White artists "misappropriating" culture created by blacks but then celebrate a non-White Star Wars. #BoycottStarWarsVII
— Captain Confederacy (@2partyhoax) October 19, 2015
#BoycottStarWarsVII because it's nothing more than a social justice propaganda piece that alienates it's core audience of young white males.
— Critical Spooking (@officialCritDis) October 19, 2015
The dominant society’s outrage over the new film isn’t the first occasion that this has been witnessed. In announcing that this past summer’s Fantastic Four would feature a Black man as one of the heroes of the film (Michael B. Jordan as the “Human Torch”), the dominant society’s backlash of the news ensued. When it was rumored that the upcoming James Bond film may cast Hollywood star Idris Elba as “Agent 007” himself, the writer of the film–Anthony Horowitz–stated that Elba would be “too street” to portray Bond whenever another James Bond film is made.
While this may be a surprise to many, white supremacists abhor the possibility that a Melanoid person could portray one of their heroes–even if that hero is fictional.
In 2012, Tariq Nasheed (creator of the Hidden Colors film series) spoke on what seems to be an increasingly hot topic over the past three years since: that members of the dominant white society like their heroes to stay white and that they are not to be tampered with…even if the Black actors are more than qualified to take on these roles.