Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens opens this Friday and amid the excitement Melissa Harris-Perry has made the blockbuster a point to discuss gender and race discrimination in her show Melissa Harris-Perry on MSNBC.
Harris-Perry has been very vocal about the fact that she thinks Star Wars franchise is racist, because Darth Vader is a “totally black guy” when under the mask (which she thinks is a coded message) and does not care for it one bit.
She claimed on her show this Sunday that “While he was black he was terrible and bad, awful and used to cut off white men’s hand, and didn’t actually claim his son. But as soon as he claims his son, goes over to the good, takes off his mask and he is white — yes, I have many feelings about that.”
Her statements about the popular franchise have resulted in plenty of online criticism and hilarity from the masses. Her panel seemed to find it quite amusing also and can be seen laughing as the camera cuts to them.
However Harris-Perry seemed to overlook the fact that Darth Vader was revealed to be the father of two characters, Luke Skywalker and Princess Leah, both of whom were white, way before he took off his mask.
It is rather absurd that Harris-Perry has made such a statement, subjecting a blockbuster move to racism just because one of its characters is wearing a black costume. Would she say the same about Batman too then?