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Connections: Star Wars and the controversies over race and politics

Dec 27, 2016

Another Star Wars film, another protest, another round of allegations from white supremacists that the film is anti-white. What's the evidence? Why, the film's heroes include an empowered white woman, alongside men of color. And the film's villains are primarily white men. On top of that, some viewers detect political overtones.

Well, here's one point that's not debatable: Hollywood has disproportionately featured white men for years. Star Wars happens to prize diversity and female leads. What does it say about us that there is a boycott movement, or that the boycott movement is largely a failure? Our guests, all of them Stars Wars super fans, discuss all of that and more:

  • Tiffany Starpoli, broadcast producer and director, and Star Wars fan since 1980
  • Eric Stevens, pop culture writer, Star Wars fan, and host of a Comic Con panel called “Stop Taking My Hand: The Role of Women in Nerd Media”
  • Willis Brooks, PR rep at Entercom, aspiring actor, and Star Wars fan