While excitement over the new Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer “set the internet on fire,” as Trevor Noah put it, the Daily Show host found a particular subset of that fire to be the most troubling.
Noah examined the #BoycottStarWarsEpisodeVII movement, as well as its largest place in the landscape of complaints against diversity in pop culture.
“Stop complaining, racists, you already had your Star Wars movie,” Noah said, before showing a picture of Jar Jar Binks. Noah pointed out that the movement, which gained traction on social media following the trailer’s release, was described by newscasts as deriding the film for its “sinister multicultural agenda” by casting non-white and non-male actors in lead roles.
Not everyone using the hashtag was in favor of its message, however; it was hijacked by many fans using the opportunity to ridicule the misguided movement. Additionally, Star Wars: Aftermath author Chuck Wendig responded to the movement on his website.
Watch The Daily Show clip below to hear Noah examine the Star Wars boycott movement, as well as the many other movements against “evolving diversity in media.”