According to Northern Exposure actress Janine Turner, Darth Vader’s costume is black because the Star Wars movies are based on the Bible and Jesus said so.
Political correctness gone mad
As we inch closer and closer to the much-anticipated release of Star Wars VI, the conversations surrounding the movies will grow. During one such conversation over the weekend, MSNBC host Melissa Harris Perry suggested there was a racial component to Darth Vader.
In her argument, Perry claimed Vader wore black and was voiced by a black man while he was working with the dark side, but when he turned away from the dark side, he was revealed to be a white man.
There’s a practical reason for this: Vader’s original actor was a Scottish body builder, who spoke with a thick Scottish accent. Lucas decided to dub over him using James Earl Jones because they wanted someone who had a deeper, more imposing voice.
However, Perry is right in pointing out Star Wars has some issues with race — prior to the most recent movies, the most prominent (and perhaps only) African character in any of the movies was Lando, a con man. One can argue Jar Jar Binks is also a prominent example, to the series’ everlasting shame.
Janine Turner, though, doesn’t think the criticism is relevant. She told Harris Perry during a Monday appearance on Fox Business News, “political correctness is going to be responsible for killing more Americans” and, “Regarding Darth Vader, please! The Bible talks darkness and light. This is about evil and good. Darkness and light.”
Evil people come up on the black horses, the good people come up on the white horses. I mean, you know, this is darkness and evil.
Christianity doesn’t have a monopoly on Manichean dualism. I could make the same argument Star Wars is based on what Koran or the Avesta says, since both of those faiths have some elements of Manicheanism to them, and all of them feature elements of Joseph Campbell’s monomyth, which is what Lucas used to construct Star Wars.
Furthermore, this sort of simplicity is the bane of people looking to tell actual stories. Remember when Luke wore all black in Return of the Jedi? I wonder what Turner thinks of that.
Of course, Turner wasn’t done being stupid; in fact, she was just getting started. She claimed she found a clause in the Constitution (Article I, Section 10, Clause 3) that allowed “the states to take this back into their own hands,” and because the states were facing “imminent danger” they could form their own union and deal with immigration:
We’re in clear and present danger, we’re beyond imminent. So the states can legally and constitutionally come together to defend the American people.
Isn’t it amusing how washed up conservative actors and actresses always manage to know more than the people who actually study Constitutional law?
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