It used to be that movies, entertainment, and media were all pretty much designed to bring people together, to bring about the good in all of us, and to even be a teaching moment. Think of the Andy Griffith Show, where family values were expressly important. Or what about the classic ‘Star Wars’ films, where good, no matter how unmatched, triumphed over evil.
However, over the years, it has been increasingly apparent that it is less about family and community and, instead, more about touting one’s own beliefs and making a political statement.
Take the above-mentioned Star Wars, for example.
As you well know, Lucasfilm’s, in partnership with Disney and Lego, has put out no small number of children’s toys, models, and all sorts of ‘Star Wars’ paraphernalia over the years. One such favorite is the Mandalorian bounty hunter Boba Fett and his famous starship known as Slave I.
The character first appeared in the 1980 film ‘The Empire Strikes Back,’ in which Boba and his ship attempted to track down and destroy the Millenium Falcon and its band of pro-Republic and Jedi fighters.
However, it seems the name of Boba Fett’s ship is no longer acceptable to the political left. And so, instead of Slave I, the ship will be known from here on out as “Boba Fett’s Starship,” as reported by the New York Post.
Lead Designer of Lego ‘Star Wars’ Michael Lee Stockwell says, “We’re not calling it ‘Slave I’ anymore. Everybody is (dropping the name).” He added, “It’s probably not something which has been announced publicly, but it is just something that Disney doesn’t want to use anymore.”
No doubt, the mention of the word ‘slave’ is offensive to some, just as Elmer Fudd’s rifle is when chasing Bugs Bunny. Because, you know, if someone finds it offensive, it must be evil and done away with…
It’s like these people don’t realize that 1) this is a make-believe ship with a make-believe owner and 2) that the name of the ship isn’t supposed to be a good thing. In fact, it’s supposed to remind us of just how evil this world can be.
As actor Mark Austin, who played Boba Fett in the 1997 “Special Edition” of “Star Wars: A New Hope,” says, the renaming of the cruiser is nothing if not “heinous.”
He tweeted out on Monday, “I felt a great disturbance in the force… As if a million voices suddenly cried out in terror at a heinous renaming…”
Later he added his reasoning, saying, “You have to consider who’s ship it is. A bounty hunter. A hunter of dangerous targets. Somebody that imbues mystery, darkness, and brooding. Slave 1 is a perfect name for such a characters’ spaceship. It too imbues a dark and ominous threat to be feared by any fugitive.”
But, of course, Disney and Lego could likely care less about the rationality of this, of why such a name, even if it is offensive, makes sense. Instead, their only concern is that bottom dollar, what they can gain in power or finances with such a change.
It’s why they have also begun renaming, redesigning, and “refurbishing” theme park rides to be more accommodating to those whose emotions may be more sensitive than others. Hell, they’ve even updated a few classic films as of late to become more “woke” and acceptable.
Next, they’ll be canceling the stormtrooper outfits because they might resemble the uniforms used by Nazi Germany. Or even the name ‘stormtrooper’ could be replaced, as this also has ties to the Nazi Party.
Heaven forbid the evil characters of this fictional film series even remotely take after some of the world’s most evil players, even it was created nearly half a century ago.
And yet, when it comes to acceptable family movies and television nowadays, lesbian kissing and choice words formally banned from both TV and radio are now commonplace. But you won’t find any networks, media companies, or even woke politicians moving to ban those, will you?
At this rate, there won’t be any classics or history left…