Following calls to boycott Kellogg’s and Starbucks, white supremacists Thursday attempted to elevate the hashtag #BoycottStarWars over the upcoming movie’s perceived multiculturalist agenda. Unfortunately for the self-proclaimed alt-right, the hashtag didn’t remain a safe space for very long.
Tuesday, RawStory reported on calls by neo-Nazis to boycott the upcoming film “Star Wars: Rogue One,” with one voice of the white supremacy movement even claiming the trailer for the newest installment in the beloved series is “a Jew masturbation fantasy of anti-white hatred.” More specifically, these white supremacists are taking issue with the film’s use of a female lead, as well as the casting of a multicultural group of rebel fighters juxtaposed with a predominantly white cast to fill out the evil Empire.
Users on the Reddit subreddit r/altright also complained about a series of tweets posted, then deleted, by two of the movie’s writers pointing out “the Empire is a white supremacist (human organization)” that is “opposed by a multi-cultural group led by brave women.”
This in itself was enough to prompt rage from right wingers, including author Mike Cernovich, who argued his followers should “Stop giving [their] money to people who hate” them.
Stop 👏🏻 giving 👏🏻 your 👏🏻 money 👏🏻 to people 👏🏻 who 👏🏻 hate 👏🏻 you! 👏🏻 #DumpStarWars 👏🏻
— Mike Cernovich 🇺🇸 (@Cernovich) December 9, 2016
Cernocivh also retweeted a call by President Barack Obama’s half-brother Malik Obama to snub the flick.
As is commonplace these days, what prompted the onslaught of alt-right boycott calls wasn’t so much the underlining theme of multiculturalism and inclusion that permeate Rogue One (and every other Star Wars movie), but a strange piece of fake news that alleged the writers of the film rewrote the ending to explicitly call out Donald Trump.
— Thee Anthony Fantano (@theneedledrop) December 9, 2016
Given the general absurdity of the #DumpStarWars hashtag, and the scant evidence that the alt-right even has a reason to be dumping Star Wars in the first place, Twitter users were quick to ridicule the hashtag and users propagating it.
Hillary Clinton’s cameo as a hologram will really piss ’em off. #DumpStarWars
— Alan Spencer (@MrAlanSpencer) December 9, 2016
White supremacists Trump supporters may #DumpStarWars, but the majority of the country have already shown that we prefer a female lead.
— Nick Jack Pappas (@Pappiness) December 9, 2016
Trump supporters: Liberals need to stop whining.
White Supremacists just need their “safe” spaces
Away from art, theater, film and cereal#DumpStarWars
— Miss Nasty McEwin 📎 (@maramcewin) December 9, 2016
— BrooklynDad_Defiant! (@mmpadellan) December 9, 2016
#DumpStarWars is now a thing, because Star Wars peeps have been calling Trump supporters Nazis? Fine with me. Easier to get movie seats.
— Pejman Yousefzadeh (@Yousefzadeh) December 9, 2016
For all you idiots saying that entertainers shouldn’t be political, here’s a reminder that you elected a reality TV star. #DumpStarWars
— Alex Phillips (@Arekkusanda) December 9, 2016
Anyone who wants to #DumpStarWars is a scruffy-looking nerf herder. 😒
— Peyton Clark (@peytonpclark) December 9, 2016
#DumpStarWars because the Rebellion is a buncha megacucks who need to face facts that Sheev Palpatine won the election fair and square.
— David M Willis! (@damnyouwillis) December 9, 2016
— Kyle Foley ☃️ (@KFoleyFL) December 8, 2016
— Aaron Nagler (@AaronNagler) December 8, 2016