Many have anticipated the release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, but recently a small group of Twitter users are calling for a boycott, claiming the film is “anti-white propaganda.”
In comes the hashtag campaign, #BoycottStarWarsVII, started by fans of the film series’ producers casting black actor John Boyega, claiming the film was promoting “white genocide.” The same user also referred to director JJ Abrams as a “Jewish activist.”
The hashtag began to trend, but other users pounced in denouncing it, turning the hashtag campaign on its heels and using it to call out bigotry and racism.
#BoycottStarWarsVII folks, Lemme get this straight: Wookies, Ewoks & Droids are fine but a BLACK PERSON is a problem? Go home.You’re Drunk.
— Audra McDonald (@AudraEqualityMc) October 19, 2015
If youre gonna #boycottstarwars because you don’t like the lead characters, youre not a true fan
— Christian McConnell (@TheLlittlestMac) October 21, 2015
The reason for the losers behind the #BoycottStarWars movement: People with no REAL heroes cling hardest to their fictional ones.
— Dolio the Sleuth (@sleuthmedia) October 20, 2015
Despite the call for a boycott, first-day ticket sales reached a record high, surpassing The Hunger Games.
The Daily Show even weighed in on the boycott, with a segment led by Trevor Noah. Check out video below:
Other stars and celebrities weighed in as well:
JJ Abrams batting 1000. If you skipping Star Wars because of the last Lucas 3 ya slipping
— Talib Kweli Greene (@TalibKweli) October 19, 2015
— Tavis Smiley (@tavissmiley) October 21, 2015