Another boycott in the works? Good Luck with that!
From the Kos site:
The human mind’s ability to miss the point, or to rationalize two completely contradictory ideas at once, is amazing. When I did a piece about music and politics a while back, I mentioned the fact Speaker of the House Paul Ryan once claimed to be a big fan of Rage Against the Machine, which seems to disgust Rage guitarist Tom Morello. And as someone pointed out in the comments, it would seem to indicate Ryan has never paid attention to any of the lyrics … ever. Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh, an anti-federalist who killed 168 people and was tied to white supremacist groups, was a big fan of Star Trek: The Next Generation, a show centered on a united multicultural humanity leading a socialist interstellar superstate, and saw it as “a Utopian model for the future.” Just spend a moment trying to square that circle.
Last month, shortly after Election Day, one of the screenwriters for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Chris Weitz, tweeted the Rebel Alliance symbol with a safety pin along with the message: “Star Wars against hate. Spread it.” Weitz and fellow Rogue One screenwriter Gary Whitta also went on to point out the Galactic Empire is a (human) white supremacist organization, and it’s opposed by a multicultural faction led by brave women.
The relationship of Star Wars to comparisons with conservatives and the right has been going on for a while now, since the story is fundamentally anti-fascist. For example, Revenge of the Sith was seen by some critics as a direct rebuke of the Bush Administration. On the other side of things, just last year, Bill Kristol defended Emperor Palpatine and the Empire by saying they weren’t objectively “evil,” and the Galactic Empire was neoconservative “in spirit” —remember this is a fictional totalitarian government that blew up planets, and which George Lucas based on the Third Reich.
With the release of Rogue One later this week, the usual suspects feel they’re being criticized, with white supremacists and Trump supporters finding common ground in their spread of fake news and dislike of the film. The two groups, or possibly the same group where they cross on the Venn diagram, accuse the movie of having an “anti-white agenda” and falsely claim the film underwent re-shoots to specifically include an anti-Trump message.
Just remember how many Bothans died to bring us the information!