Star Wars

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Star Wars is an American science fiction media franchise, centered on a film series, which started with the film Star Wars in 1977.


The fictional events depicted in the franchise involve fighting against an evil empire. The empire officials are typically White males and there are various allusions to National Socialist Germany, such as uniforms, Stahlhelms, and use of "Stormtroopers". The rebels are multicultural with many Jewish or half-Jewish actors, such as Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, and Natalie Portman.

In 2016, Rogue One: A Star Wars story Jewish writer Chris Weitz tweeted that

"Please note that the Empire is a white supremacist (human) organization".[1]

A 2015 article in the Jewish newspaper The Forward stated that

"You don’t have to be a linguist to figure out that the Jedi knights, who use “the Force” – the spiritual power of good deeds, aka the mitzvot — to do good in their battle with the “Dark Side” – the yetzer hara, or the evil urge within us all - bear the Anglicized name of a Jew. In other words, jedi = yehudi = Jew. And the name of the wise old man Yoda, who passed away at the very Biblical age of 900 in 1983’s “Return of the Jedi” and who was voiced by Jewish actor-director Frank Oz, translates as “one who knows” in Hebrew. Philologists have argued, on the other hand, about just what the very Hebrew-looking writing on Darth Vader’s breastplate says. It’s been surmised to be upside-down Hebrew that translates as “One shall be regarded innocent until he is proven guilty,” which of course fits the character of Vader and his true identity."[2]

The Star Wars character Yoda's wrinkles were modeled after Albert Einstein's, in an attempt to cause the impression of exceptional intelligence.[3]

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