MSNBC’s Melissa Harris Perry went on a now epic and viral rant claiming that Star Wars is racist because Darth Vader was portrayed as a “terrible and bad” Black guy before revealing he’s White.
“I know why I have feelings — good, bad and otherwise — about Star Wars,” Perry explained. “I spent the whole day talking about the Darth Vader situation.”
She stated, “The part where he was totally a black guy, whose name was basically James Earl Jones … While he was black he was terrible and bad, awful and used to cut off white men’s hand, and didn’t actually claim his son. But as soon as he claims his son, goes over to the good, takes off his mask and he is white — yes, I have many feelings about that.”
But we are here to tell you that Melissa was way, way out of line … And here are three reasons why:
1. She Was Wrong: In the original film, Darth Vader first tells Luke he is his son while still covered by the black, Vader garb. And when DV eventually revealed himself, there should not have been any question as to whether he was White or Black because Luke and Leia are … hate to break it to you, WHITE.
And according to Mediaite.com, not only was the decision to use James Earl Jones’ voice for Darth made in post production, but apparently Darth originally had a Scottish accent.
2. They’ve Moved On, So Should Melissa: In Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Black actor, John Boyega aka Finn, played a massive part in the story line. The fact that a man of color has a major role should be more proof that SW is not racist. Also, we can’t forget about Billy Dee Williams or Samuel L. Jackson.
3. Mellody Hobson: We assume that Perry is aware that Star Wars creator, George Lucas, is married to a Black woman … but not just any Black woman. Mellody Hobson is one of the most respected, successful women in the country. She is not only the president of Ariel Investments, the largest minority-owned investment firm. but she also serves as the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Dreamworks Animation.
Trust us, there are no shenanigans going down in the Lucas household.
What do you think: Was Melissa Perry out of line?