Thankfully, ‘#BoycottStarWarsVII’ Is Trending Because People Oppose It — Read The Tweets

CRuNOVLXIAAiE_D.jpg-largeToday in idiocy, a few Internet trolls decided to think the new Star Wars film is “anti-white” because its cast is racially diverse. The hashtag “#BoycottStarWarsVII” was and still is trending on Twitter, causing many to shake their heads in disgust (and then maybe write an article about it). But thankfully, a scan of the hashtag on Twitter reveals that the hashtag is trending because so many people oppose it, and vehemently.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens feature two main characters: one is a black man played by British actor John Boyega, and the other is a woman played by Daisy Ridley. Many would think that the casting is at least a step toward realistic racial diversity in films, but some select racists online decided that the entire film and its casting is nothing more than anti-white propaganda, and evidence of white genocide in the Star Wars universe, and even called director J.J. Abrams a white-hater for acting upon his progressive ideals.

If you read this and thought, “how on earth is that hashtag trending? I fear for the world!” then fear not (or fear slightly less). It turns out that most of the people on Twitter using the hashtag are lambasting it, making the hashtag trend despite its original purpose. Yay, Internet?

The #BoycottStarWarsVII page is filled with about 95% of people basically going, “TF is this?!” and in fact, only about a dozen people in support of the “movement” actually got the hashtag trending to begin with, and only because they kept tweeting/retweeting en masse.

The hashtag has since been coopted because of the outrage of the people who read the original sentiments, but the evolution of the hashtag is both a good and a bad thing.

It’s a good thing because the people of the almighty Internet read something stupid/wrong/racist/disgusting and were able to change the narrative in a big way. They took an overwhelming negative and changed the discussion, calling attention to its hypocritical, hate-filled rhetoric and defended the casting of the film.

It’s a bad thing (or less good, I should say) because it calls attention to the original sentiments of the “movement” and gives the trolls a wider audience. What’s that thing about not arguing with an idiot?

Here are some tweets that prove there is some good in the world of Twitter:

 

#TheForceIsStrongerThanBigotry is an excellent response hashtag.

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