MSNBC host Melissa Harris Perry has taken issue with what she sees as racist themes in “Star Wars,” particularly the character of Darth Vader.
“The part where he was totally a black guy, whose name was basically James Earl Jones,” Perry said on Monday. “While he was black, he was terrible and bad, awful and used to cut off white men’s hands, and didn’t actually claim his son. But as soon as he claims his son, goes over to the good, takes off his mask and he is white. Yes, I have many feelings about that.”
Perry is of course referring to the end of “Star Wars: Return of the Jedi,” in which Luke Skywalker removes Darth Vader’s black helmet to reveal a white man underneath.
Perry did not mention the fact that Caucasian actor Hayden Christensen played a younger version of the character who goes on a murderous rampage in “Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith,” which shows him killing small children. She also failed to mention that both of his children (Luke and Leia) are white.
Also, did this remind anyone else of the beginning scene of Kevin Smith‘s “Chasing Amy?” Watch the scene from the comedy film below and decide for yourself.
11 Most Ridiculous 'Star Wars'-Branded Products
Your loved ones will want to slice you open from neck to abdomen and crawl inside you for warmth with this "Star Wars" hooded jumpsuit.
Star your day the arbitrary way with this tenuous-at-best "Star Wars"-Cinnamon Toast Crunch partnership!
Credit Ample Hills for at least attempting synergy with its limited edition "Light Side, Dark Side" Star Wars ice cream. Then debit them for charging $36 for it.
Ample Hills Creamery
When the phantom menace is a magnesium deficiency, Star Wars gummy multi-vitamins will "light" the way!
Vaguely mimicking the texture of Darth Vader's life support jumpsuit is this leather jacket for wearers with a disturbing lack of faith in personal style.
Fans looking to trim the Fett from their diets will have to look elsewhere, with Kraft's Star Wars-edition Cheese & Macaroni. (We'll never join you "macaroni & cheese" droids!!!)
You'll be the belle of Mos Eisley Cantina in these flashy-if-not-stylish LED light-saber platforms.
It's like there's a party on Hoth and only your mouth is invited with "The Force Awakens" ice cream cakes!
If you find a hair in your Campbell's soup, don't be alarmed; that's real Wookiee.
Campbell Soup Company
The corporate synergy between Star Wars and non-dairy frankencreamer is so obvious we won't insult your intelligence by discussing it a moment further.
Bobby Abley and Rodarte's fashion lines the last few years place an emphasis on the wearer's comfort and style while they're getting stuffed in a high school locker.
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With ”The Force Awakens“ opening Dec. 18, it looks like Disney’s licensing department rubber-stamped these merchandise requests