MSNBC’s Melissa Harris-Perry recently launched into a rant calling Star Wars racist. I’d say you can’t make this stuff up, except that Kevin Smith did back in 1997.
In his third film, Chasing Amy, Smith wrote a scene in which a black comic book author masquerading as a militant racialist goes on a profanity-laced tirade against “the holy trilogy.” The whole saga was alleged to be about a “klan” of white people trying to take down the black Darth Vader.
What Kevin Smith presented as comedy two decades ago has just been replicated seriously by a cable news network Sunday morning host. Harris-Perry’s take on Star Wars bears an uncanny resemblance to Chasing Amy. It’s another example of parody predicting reality in our increasingly idiotic cultural discourse.
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