October 21, 2015


Trevor Noah Slams 'Star Wars' Racists on 'The Daily Show'

The third (and final) Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens trailer premiered on Monday night; we're still wowing about it. The clip's focus on newcomers/protagonists Daisy Ridley, John Boyega and Oscar Isaac led a troupe of fussy Twitter racists to #BoycottStarWarsVII, ridiculously claiming promotion of "white genocide."

New Daily Show host Trevor Noah had a perfectly withering take on the matter, giving a little perspective in the process. "Growing up in the '80s in South Africa, was, uh...well let's just say 'the Dark Side' meant something totally different," he giggled. 

"Senior Fantasy Culture Correspondent" Jordan Klepper offered a plea for the Internet to return its focus to "obscure fictional minutiae that nerds can argue endlessly about on online. Black, white, Asian—no matter your race or creed, you're all equally wrong about the thrust speed about an X-34 landspeeder."

That built to Klepper's gooey conclusion. "Science fiction is powerful because it envisions a future for all of us--it's an allegory for the people we can become, one that encompasses a multitude of voices and perspectives," he preached. "Yeah, just as long as they don't make any superhero movies starring chicks." Ah, there it is—that intersectionally challenged elephant in the room. ("Nerd-world activism is chill and whatever, as long as it doesn't go too far.")

Trevor Noah went on to point out a handwritten tweet by J.J. Abrams ("You can just tweet; it's Twitter, it's not a fax machine!") that he says #alllivesmatter-ified Star Wars: