Haters call for Star Wars boycott because new movie has too much diversity

star wars the force awakens end credits shot
Although last night’s highly anticipated release of the new Star Wars movie trailer set the Internet abuzz, the dark side of Twitter expressed neither excitement nor happiness. In fact, there is a social media movement currently underway requesting that fans boycott the movie through the hashtag #BoycottStarWarsVII.

According to comments attached to the hashtag, Star Wars: The Force Awakens is “promoting white genocide” because the movie’s lead actors aren’t white males. The movement to boycott the film began Sunday and has since expanded into a Twitter profile of the same name, with 156 followers (at time of posting).

The account attempts to explain its purpose through hate-filled comments and retweets, such as, “#BoycottStarWarsVII because JJAbrams said he hates white people and he promotes #WhiteGenocide.” Other complaints include accusations that through the portrayal of a diverse cast of characters, the movie attempts to push an agenda, presumably to force us into accepting that everyone deserves representation and not just Wookies and Ewoks.

The latest boycott isn’t the first time racists and bigots have expressed their unhappiness over an actor or actress’s representation as a Star Wars character. As The Nerds of Color mention, the current movement is an outgrowth of the #BlackStormtrooper hashtag that went around when John Boyega’s part as a stormtrooper was revealed. And, Hollywood Reporter reminds us of the backlash that occurred with Chuck Wendig’s inclusion of a gay Imperial officer in his novel, Star Wars: Aftermath.

Due to its overwhelming popularity and the movie’s history of dedicated fans, supporters have since derailed and taken over the hashtag to point out that this isn’t the first movie in the Star Wars series to include leads of color.

Fortunately for Star Wars fans, the movement will likely be one of Twitter’s least successful. So far, presales of tickets have crashed U.K. theater chain websites. And, as soon as tickets went on sale in the U.S., servers for online booking services and theater chains experienced the same effect.

Movies & TV

Want free movie tickets? Beam these ads into your eyeballs for 15 minutes

Would you watch ads for 20 minutes to earn a free movie ticket? MoviePass co-founder Stacy Spikes bets you will, and he's launching PreShow, a new app with some pretty advanced technology, to prove it.

Protect yourself and your ride with our favorite dash cams

Dashboard cameras can assist drivers in car accident claims, settle speeding ticket disputes, and even catch glimpses of incoming meteors, among other things. Here, we've compiled a list of the most noteworthy offerings available.
Movies & TV

MoviePass returns to unlimited movies plan, but with plenty of restrictions

Troubled subscription-based movie service MoviePass is making headlines on a daily basis lately, and not in a good way. Here's a timeline of events for the company once described as Netflix for movie theaters.
Movies & TV

In the new Hellboy clip, a giant problem leaves our favorite demon unimpressed

Hellboy is returning to the big screen in April 2019, with Stranger Things actor David Harbour taking on the title role. Here's everything we know so far about the reboot of the franchise.
Social Media

Yep, it’s not just you. Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp are down for many

Facebook's family of apps has been suffering issues for much of the day. Instagram, WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, and Facebook itself have been out of action for users around the world, with the company scrambling to sort it out.
Social Media

Facebook may soon let you watch live TV with friends in Watch Party

Facebook Watch Party is designed to allow friends to watch together, even when they can't be in the same physical space. Now, that feature could be expanding to include live TV. Facebook announced a test of the feature, starting with live…
Social Media

Federal investigation digs into Facebook’s data-sharing deals

Facebook confirmed it is cooperating with a federal criminal investigation. According to a report, the company is under investigation for sharing user data with smartphone and tablet companies.
Social Media

Facebook explains its worst outage as 3 million users head to Telegram

Facebook, if you didn't already know it, suffered a bit of an issue on Wednesday, March 13. An issue that took down not only its social networking site, but also Instagram, WhatsApp, and Messenger. On Thursday it offered an explanation.

Snapchat could soon let you play games in between your selfies

If a new report is accurate, Snapchat will be getting an integrated gaming platform in April. The platform will feature mobile games form third-party developers, and one publisher is already signed on.
Social Media

Twitter is testing a handy subscription feature for following threads

Twitter has recently started testing a feature that lets you subscribe to a thread so that you’ll no longer need to like a comment or post to it yourself in order to receive notifications of new contributions.
Social Media

Your Google+ public content will remain viewable on the web, if you want it to

Google's failed social network — Google+ — will soon be wiped from the internet, but there's a team of volunteers working right now to save its public content for the Internet Archive.

There’s more space on MySpace after ‘accidental’ wipe of 50 million songs

MySpace is no longer a safe refuge for music and media produced in the 2000s. It said that almost any artistic content uploaded to the site between 2003 and 2015 may have been lost as part of a server migration last year.

Intel and Facebook team up to give Cooper Lake an artificial intelligence boost

Intel's upcoming Cooper Lake microarchitecture will be getting a boost when it comes to artificial intelligence processes, thanks to a partnership with Facebook. The results are CPUs that are able to work faster.
Social Media

New Zealand attack shows that as A.I. filters get smarter, so do violators

The shootings in Christchurch, New Zealand were livestreamed to social media, and while stats show networks are improving at removing offending videos, as the system improves, so do the violators' workarounds.