Tuesday, May 21, 2002
I'm definitely not getting on The American Prospect's list of best liberal bloggers by attacking them, but, you want to talk about stupid:
HOW IS STAR WARS RACIST? LET US COUNT THE WAYS. Tapped finds it disturbing that Star Wars creator and philosopher king George Lucas still can't understand why anyone got p.o.-ed about Jar Jar Binks. Furthermore, we found the scene in Attack of the Clones, in which Anakin Skywalker wantonly slaughters a village worth of wigwam-inhabiting Tuskan Raiders who have kidnapped a white woman, to be uncomfortably reminiscent of a scene from this country's troubled expansionist history. Still, all of that said, this is ridiculous.
Let's say this again: Jar Jar Binks, while annoying, is a Gungan. A space alien. They don't really exist, except in the real world-challenged victims at the NAACP and TAP.
Secondly, Skywalker and his slaughter of the Tuskan Raiders: He's becoming Darth Vader. Darth Vader is evil. Slaughtering innocents is evil.
All that said, I will leave this issue with this little anecdote.
When I was 5 years old, I saw my first PG-rated film: "Star Wars." As Darth Vader stepped through the blasted door clothed in black with the sinster helmet my father leaned over to me and said: "You know it's only a movie. It's not real."
I responded: "Yes, Dad. I know."
If I can "get it" at age 5, then why can't these, supposedly intelligent adults get it?