Next time you watch Star Wars, I need you to remind yourself that all the dialogue you hear was recorded by a man in pink short shorts.
Milo Yiannopolis argues that everybody has got the good guys and the bad guys confused in the Star Wars movies. Jabba the Hutt, for instance, is a good example.
Jabba the Hutt is treated as this huge villain in Return of the Jedi, but this is simply unwarranted. Jabba is a responsible employer, entrepreneur, and philanthropist. He is a capitalist hero. In the case of Han Solo, he took reasonable steps to recover a debt from a known intergalactic criminal. His agent Greedo was acting within the law when he was shot down by the notorious outlaw Solo. Lucas had to edit in special effects to cover this accidental glimpse of the truth, by showing Greedo shooting first.
Jabba the Hutt was actually pretty progressive. He ran a melting-pot society with criminals of every race, colour, and creed working together in harmony. He even employed the differently abled, like the Rancor monster. He personally financed entertainment for the downtrodden masses of Tatooine; imagine the trouble theyâ€™d get into without pod races to watch. In fact, I believe Americaâ€™s rash of midnight basketball programs were based directly on Jabbaâ€™s pioneering work in the field.
Jabba disposed of his waste in an extremely eco-friendly manner, feeding enemies to the Sarlaac beast he kept as a pet. Human bodies digested over 1,000 years are way better for the environment than straight burials. The fact is Jabba would fit right in at Burning Man. Heâ€™d have his sand barge â€” destroyed by the terrorists, of course â€” and would hang out with Elon Musk and maybe sign a few multimillion dollar deals.
Jabba the Hutt, or as I call him Jabba the Hero, was brutally murdered by a white woman. Why donâ€™t I see a single #GreenLivesMatter protest? Jabbaâ€™s main crime as far as I can tell was being an invertebrate of size. Leia brutally slugshamed him. No doubt if he had survived his throttling he would have had PTSD and would have started a Tumblr, except being an entrepreneur heâ€™s not a whining loser so maybe not.
Speaking of Leia, a straight white princess murdering a minority businessman with no repercussions is the ultimate example of white privilege.
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From introducing him to us in A New Hope (as a simple farm boy gazing into the Tatooine sunset), to his eventual transformation into the radicalized insurgent of Return of the Jedi (as one who sets his own fatherâ€™s corpse on fire and celebrates the successful bombing of the Death Star), each film in the original trilogy is another step in Lukeâ€™s descent into terrorism. By carefully looking for the same signs governments and scholars use to detect radicalization, we can witness Lukeâ€™s dark journey into religious fundamentalism and extremism happen before our very eyes.
When we first meet Luke Skywalker, heâ€™s an orphaned farm boy with barely any friends, living with his Aunt and Uncle, and wanting to join the Galactic Academy like all the other guys his age. You see, Luke didnâ€™t become a space terrorist overnight, but he did exhibit signs that would make him a prime candidate for terrorist recruiters. The process of radicalization, as described by Anthony Stahelski in the Journal of Homeland Security, notes terrorists tend to:
Come from families where the father is absent (check)
Have difficulty forming relationships outside the home (check)
Be attracted to groups offering acceptance and comradeship (checkmate)
Luke is just the kind of isolated disaffected young man that terror recruiters seek out.
Obi Wan â€” a religious fanatic with a history of looking for young boys to recruit and teach an extreme interpretation of the Force â€” is practically salivating when he stumbles upon Luke, knowing heâ€™s found a prime candidate for radicalization. …
Obi-Wan whisks Luke off to Mos Eisley using a Jedi mind trick to bypass security, knowing full well he likely appears on numerous terror no fly lists. After contracting a local drug smuggler for transportation, Obi-Wan and his newest Skywalker recruit are off. They are soon captured, however, and attempt an escape which culminates in a battle between Obi-Wan and Vader. During the fight, Obi-Wan notices Luke watching, and seeing an opportunity to fully inspire Luke to radicalize, says a Jedi prayer while committing suicide. Can you think of any other groups who try to inspire terrorism by yelling a prayer before a suicide attack?
Once Luke escapes and regroups with a terror sleeper cell, he joins them on an attack mission. As he nears his target, hearing Obi-Wanâ€™s words in his mind, Luke closes his eyes, says a prayer and bombs a space station, killing everyone aboard. Young Skywalker has proven himself a quick study in the ways of armed religious extremism.
As the Empire Strikes Back begins, Obi-Wan appears to Luke as an apparition and gives him clear instructions on continuing his radicalization. Luke is ordered to travel overseas to receive training and religious instruction from Yoda, an extremist cleric who runs a Jedi madrasa on Dagobah.
Yoda accepts Luke into his religious â€œschool,â€ teaching Luke Jedi fundamentalism and guerilla warfare. Like many extremist mullahs, Yoda demands total adherence to his strict interpretation of the Force and seeks to strip Luke of independent thinking. Yodaâ€™s push to radicalize Luke, rob him of an identity, and instill obedience are apparent when at various points he instructs Luke to â€œClear your mind of questions,â€ â€œUnlearn what you have learnedâ€ and, most grimly, â€œDo, or do not, there is no try.â€ The Jedi know it is imperative to force mindless devotion in warriors they recruit for their holy war. Armed with new combat training and cloaked in a hardline religious fervor, Luke leaves Dagobah, impatient to put his terror training to use.
In Return of the Jedi, we see a darker, hardened Luke, fittingly dressed in black and eager to use violence as a tool to enforce the twisted â€œjudge, jury, executionerâ€ value system of the Jedi. During a rescue mission, Luke exhibits their extremist binary worldview of â€œif you arenâ€™t with us, youâ€™re a viable military targetâ€ when he blows up Jabbaâ€™s barge, killing every man, woman, and child on board. Excited by so much bloodshed and mayhem, young Skywalker seeks to assassinate the Emperor and even his own father (!) if they wonâ€™t convert to Lukeâ€™s extremist interpretation of the Force. Luke enters the Death Star, hoping to gain martyrdom if he is killed. As Lukeâ€™s insurgent friends successfully bomb their target, Luke succeeds in killing the Emperor and, eventually, his own father. Lukeâ€™s path to radicalization is complete, his bloodlust sated â€¦ for now.
With Darth Vader the final casualty of Lukeâ€™s jihad, Obi-Wan and Yoda have succeeded in catching yet another young man in their web of Jedi extremism. As is now evident, Star Wars is clearly a cautionary tale of the dangers of radicalization, and how even a seemingly harmless young man who kept to himself on Tattooine can become the terrorist next door.
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