JJ Abrams tweets response to racists calling for Star Wars boycott

Fear leads to anger, anger leads to hate, hate leads to a really stupid hashtag

Wookies? Fine. Hutts? No problem. Gungans? My brother married a Gungan, nice girl. But black people? In Star Wars? 

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Yes, in the run-up to the new Star Wars trailer, some racists managed to slip their venom into proceedings, starting the hashtag #boycottstarwarsvii in response to the cultural diversity of the film’s leading cast.

On Monday afternoon it began to trend, not because of the occasional racist supporting its sentiment but thanks to the scores of Twitter users who took to the social networking site to express their outrage. It was an understandable and entirely justified reaction, but the irony was that the response pushed the hashtag further up the trending charts. 

It was up to director JJ Abrams to calm the situation down.

Remember in Return of the Jedi, when the Emperor tried to troll Luke into joining the Dark Side? That’s what happened here, but to Twitter. Next time, don’t give into your anger.

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Star Wars: The Force Awakens is released on December 17th