'Star Wars' Is "Racist" and Homophobic? BBC Falls for Prank Interview
This is not the interview you are looking for.
The BBC welcomed a Twitter satirist onto its airwaves last week to talk about his gripes with Star Wars. But a producer for BBC World Service didn't realize his accusations were a joke.
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"There's a lot of social problems with them. They are rooted in homophobia, casual racial stereotypes," said Godfrey Elfwick on air.
He went on to call out Return of the Jedi's first act, which features slave Leia (Carrie Fisher) and Jabba the Hutt.
"The only main female ends up in a space bikini, chained to a horny space slug."
He also took issue with Darth Vader, saying he perpetuated racial stereotypes.
"The main bad guy. What's he called? Dark Raider?" asked Elfwick, saying he's "got a deep voice, he listens to rap music. It's just a really bad racial stereotype."
Elfwick's Twitter biography describes him as a "Demisexual genderqueer Muslim atheist." He routinely rails against the status quo in a way that can make it difficult at first glance to realize he is joking. On Thursday, for example, he was calling on the scientific community to be ignored until they acknowledged all the deaths caused by gravity.
Elfwick's journey to BBC guest began when he fired off this tweet, and a producer saw it.
I've never actually seen #StarWars but the fact that the bad guy was all black and ate watermelons was unbelievably racist even for the 70's— Godfrey Elfwick (@GodfreyElfwick) April 17, 2015
“On this occasion, the Force was not with us. The guest presented himself as a 20-year-old who’s never seen Star Wars, and we put him on air under that pretence. WHYS [World Have Your Say] producers always do their best to check guests in a live programme that invites global discussion from listeners."
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