'White Supremacists need their safe spaces': Internet lampoons 'alt-right' calls to #DumpStarWars
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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.

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.

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.