7:43am PT by THR Staff
Trevor Noah Talks 'Star Wars VII' Boycott: "Stop Complaining, Racists"
Trevor Noah took a moment on Tuesday night's Daily Show to slam the Star Wars boycott that broke out online after the trailer debuted.
"Stop complaining, racists," he said of fans upset that to the fact that The Force Awakens features lead characters who aren't white males, with its users accusing the movie of pushing a sinister multicultural agenda — or, as Noah described, "intergalactic affirmative action." The negative chatter online seemed to resume what occurred in November, upon the teaser's reveal that John Boyega plays a Stormtrooper.
"You had your Star Wars movie already," said Noah before flashing a photo of Jar Jar Binks, the Phantom Menace character that upset viewers for its racist implications.
After highlighting audiences' tendency to get upset over the ethnicities of fictional characters like Hunger Games' Rue, Spider-Man and Fantastic Four's Human Torch, Noah consulted with superfan correspondent Jordan Klepper to clarify the controversy of having a black Stormtrooper character, both within the franchise's universe and beyond.
"Science fiction is powerful because it envisions a future for all of us," said Klepper of the casting. "It’s an allegory for the people we could become. One that encompasses a multitude of voices and perspectives."
He jokingly added, "Just as long as they don’t make any superhero movies starring chicks."
Watch the video below.