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    In a recent column for the Washington Post, Stanford Ph.D. student Jeffrey Chen made the case that the Star Wars franchise “reinforces our prejudices” through its soundtrack.

    Stanford doctoral student Jeffrey Chen published a column in the Washington Post to make the case that the Star Wars film franchise is racist.

    “[I]f we take a moment to think about it, George Lucas’s galaxy is, and has always been, far, far away from being an original or an inclusive creation,” Chen writes in the column. It suffers from “Orientalizing” stereotypes — “patronizing tropes that represent an imagined East, or the Orient, as inferior to the rational, heroic West.”

    It’s not just the film that is problematic, according to Chen. The doctoral student argues that the main problem with the franchise is John Williams’ celebrated score. Chen claims that the score takes European influences when the protagonists are on screen and Chinese, Indian, and Middle Eastern influences when antagonists are on screen.
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    Stanford University is giving PhDs to absolute morons that are not worth the paper they're printed on.
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    Chen claims that the score takes European influences when the protagonists are on screen and Chinese, Indian, and Middle Eastern influences when antagonists are on screen
    Not super familiar with all those Asian music styles, but I don't hear much of them in say... Vader's Imperial March. Sounds more eastern European to me.

    Maybe I should pursue a PhD. Then I'll troll the universities with the most asinine fertilizer and random fertilizer I can come up with, slapping as much "evil white people" into it as possible. The entertainment might be worth adding to the student loan debt.

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    Star Wars is racist. Star Wars. With the gaggle of different species in these movies I'd say they're the most diverse movies in history. As for the music, why would there be Asian music? Just when I didn't think these people could get any sillier, they go and prove me wrong.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NJCardFan View Post
    Star Wars is racist. Star Wars. With the gaggle of different species in these movies I'd say they're the most diverse movies in history. As for the music, why would there be Asian music? Just when I didn't think these people could get any sillier, they go and prove me wrong.
    This guy states that Star Wars presents the Eastern/Oriental way as inferior to the Western/rational way, which is not a fair representation of Eastern/Western philosophical differences, nor is it fair to ascribe that to the movies.

    I always saw Yoda and the Jedi way in general as being more of the Eastern/Oriental school of thought and Han Solo as representing the more conventional Western school. The Jedi use light sabers as weapons and have duels with each other, kind of like karate fights. Han Solo is more practical, has a "blaster", which is kind of like a semi-automatic weapon, and efficiently removes his obstacles. The theme of the movie is about blending the two together to free the galaxy from those who have abused their connection to "the force".

    That's not exactly racist. It's more about cultures uniting to fight a common enemy.
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    The only thing asian in Star Wars is the movies Lucas took inspiration from when creating the films.
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    Amazing. People really reach for things to be offended by.
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    It's a fucking science fiction movie. If it offends you, don't watch it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dlr Pyro View Post
    It's a fucking science fiction movie. If it offends you, don't watch it.
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    In other words, people are trying to read WAY too much into everything.
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