Destroy All Monsters: With #BoycottStarWarsVII, Freedom Of Speech Has Officially Outlived Its Usefulness

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Destroy All Monsters: With #BoycottStarWarsVII, Freedom Of Speech Has Officially Outlived Its Usefulness

Look, I'm not saying that we need to create a two-tier system of rights in North America... but based on #BoycottStarWarsVII and its aftermath, I think we oughta at least think about it.

It was a collar-loosening moment for any sane member of human society on Monday afternoon, when we learned that there are actually people in the world who are stupid (and racist) enough to try to get a "movement" going wherein they will boycott Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens because it has a black guy in it.

No really, that's the whole reason.


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[cough cough]

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Now, Mashable has reported that the entire sensation was the engineering work of a very small number of social justice warrior-baiting trolls; though whether those trolls were serious, or engaged in some particularly warped version of social satire is unknown. What we do know is this: 94% of the people who used the hashtag were responding like sane, intelligent human beings to the spectacular awfulness of the other 6%.

And rightly so, because those 6% are idiots.

With their claims of The Force Awakens serving as the starter pistol for a forthcoming "white genocide," a turn of phrase which suggests a misunderstanding of both the definition of "genocide" and, potentially, the definition of "white," I sort of had to throw up my hands and accept the fact that there might just be people on the earth (6% of the people on the earth?) who are too stupid to be contributing members of human society.

And that, y'know, maybe they shouldn't be.

Remember that meadow scene in Attack of the Clones? Sure you do. It's all you lot ever talk about when you talk about Attack of the Clones. Anakin Skywalker, Padawan learner to the great Obi-Wan Kenobi, and a nascent Sith Lord to boot, said:

Anakin: We need a system where the politicians sit down and discuss the problem... agree what's in the best interest of all people... and then do it.

Padme: That's exactly what we do. The trouble is that people don't always agree.

Ani: Well, then they should be made to.

Panda Bear: By whom? Who's going to make them?

A: I don't know. Someone.

P: You?

A: Of course not me.

P: But someone.

A: Someone wise.

P: Sounds an awful lot like a dictatorship to me.

A: Well, if it works.

I hate to agree with a Sith Lord or a Hayden Christensen, but I'm getting to that "Well, if it works" point myself.

What has freedom of speech done for any of us in the year 2015, except expose us to the degree to which a disturbing number of the people around us are way, way, way below the minimum height requirement for intelligence to be a functional member of 21st century human society?

Put it another way: I posted a link the other day about how the Dutch school system starts its sexual education program at the kindergarten level. The article, and my link, very clearly described that these schools are not discussing actual sex at the kindergarten level (of course), but merely beginning a responsible and necessary conversation around relationships, love, and marriage.

That's a bit of a critical issue for those of us in Toronto right now, where parents are actively boycotting the new sex ed curriculum in Ontario by pulling their children out of school. (They are doing this, in part, because they are so stupid that they actually believe right-wing propaganda holding that the new Ontario sex ed curriculum includes instructions on how to have anal sex in the third grade.)

And naturally, within seconds of my posting that link, someone had replied, saying that kindergarten was too young to be talking to kids about sex. A reply to a link about how no one was talking about sex in kindergarten.

That person's an idiot.

Or, another example:

This man is running for President of the United States. A man who does not understand even the most basic conceptual framework of climate change. He is working his ass off to get to lead a country that will make the largest contribution to the future of the climate crisis on the planet earth.

"Stupid" isn't a strong enough word for someone that stupid.

If these examples share a thread it's an apparent inability to think beyond the most basic surface elements of the information they're being presented; an unwillingness to check themselves before they wreck themselves (in spectacular public fashion, on the internet). A basic wisdom that compels one to take a breath, think things through, and not be "that guy."

OK, one last example: there are a small number of people reading this, right now, who are stupid enough to think that I am genuinely advocating for the demise of freedom of speech. They're that stupid. (Right now, they're trying to work out why the word "that" in the previous sentence looks all slanty, like someone leaned on the letter t and pushed the rest over.)

Don't worry: if you apprehended the meaning of the preceding paragraph as most people would, you're fine. You're not one of them.

But that other 6%? In spite of the fact that they got this far down the page, they'll never intuit that this whole column was a thinly-veiled excuse for me to call them, and a whole bunch of people (who truly deserve it), inoperably, inexcusably dumb. I don't know about you, but I can't wait to see the comment thread on this one.

Destroy All Monsters is a weekly column on Hollywood and pop culture. Matt Brown is in Toronto and on twitter.

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Ard VijnOctober 21, 2015 10:13 AM

Hey, if the Dutch do it, it must either make money or be inherently evil.

omnisemantic1October 21, 2015 10:23 AM

Serious or not, I agree with everything in this article word for word ^^

faustidisqOctober 21, 2015 10:44 AM

I've read elsewhere that the boycottSW trolls may have started with 4chan. Considering that they have also been linked to other despicable acts, maybe taking down that den of scum and villainy would help?

Michael_456123October 21, 2015 11:41 AM

Free speech let you write this article, and no doubt the people you called inexcusably dumb wouldn't have wanted you to.

At least the trolls have the excuse of not being serious. If the 94% of people who took the bait had just ignored it, we would have been in a better place, one in which no one was talking about a fake, ginned-up controversy. It took two types of inexcusably dumb people to waste everyone's time with this nonsense.

Ard VijnOctober 21, 2015 12:40 PM

That last paragraph is pure irony I hope?

YojimboOctober 21, 2015 1:46 PM

Or both.

Michael_456123October 21, 2015 1:46 PM

I know you think this is a good point, but it's not. The paragraph is intended as inoculation against future pointless controversies.

Odin WhitelawOctober 21, 2015 4:11 PM

"Freedom Of Speech Has Officially Outlived Its Usefulness"

If it's "useful" for the Jew, it's ok. Otherwise they must "shut it down!"

HypatiaOctober 21, 2015 4:51 PM

Matt, if you ever question yourself and consider suicide... you have my full support.

MirriamEOctober 21, 2015 4:55 PM

Freedom of speech is too dangerous (for jews).

We wouldn't want to question the Holocaust for example:

Spielberg: The Last Days of the Big Lie

We wouldn't want white people talking about how every single white nation on the globe is being flooded with massive non-white immigration:

The Endgame - Full White Genocide

We wouldn't want to talk about the fact that the greatest atrocities against humanity during WWII were committed by the Allies (US, Britain and Bolshevik Russia):

And we wouldn't want to talk about the fact that Communism and Bolshevism are jewish movements that have killed hundreds of millions of human beings.

Karl Marx - descended from a long line of orthodox rabbis.
Lev Bronstein (Trotsky)
Jacob Schiff - financier of the Bolshevik revolution

Jews were the leaders of the Bolshevik revolution. That's a very uncomfortable fact for jews so of course freedom of speech must be destroyed as it has been in Europe.

HypatiaOctober 21, 2015 4:58 PM

Here is an explanation of the situation:

ToryKOctober 21, 2015 7:14 PM

Whenever I hear or see someone talk about or mention "white genocide", it's time to tune them out.

wagnerfilmOctober 21, 2015 8:44 PM

Even if it was just a few small channers trolling, it doesn't matter. There is literally no difference in these situations between "joke" racism and the real thing. Non-racists don't get their lulz creating racist rage-bait hashtags. Indeed, framing their racism as some kind of meta-commentary via social media trolling is just their way of trying to look good doing it, to normalize racism as the rational and calm person's position amidst the emotional histrionics of "outrage culture." It would be clever if it weren't so obvious and stupid.

Kaiser SozeOctober 21, 2015 11:33 PM

>> States he's not saying we should limit freedom of speech.
>> Title literally says freedom of speech is useless.
>> Calls other people stupid despite cognitive dissonance in article.
>> Loses reader for pushing politics on a film site.

Why do you even bring this up on a site dedicated to global films? I came here to find out about movies I normally wouldn't hear about, because I love film. I don't care about your politics. Take it to a politics blog. But thanks though, Matt. The last five paragraphs of calling people stupid really opened my eyes to tell me that people act like idiots on the internet.

Odin WhitelawOctober 22, 2015 12:29 AM

...or just stick your head in the sand...

ALBKenshiroOctober 22, 2015 5:13 AM

Your kind is the one who is destroying the principles of democracy, the region of ''equality'' has taken over America.

School Suspends Student Elections Because The Result Was Not ''Diverse''.

Ard VijnOctober 22, 2015 6:35 AM

It's called a column. Matt does one once a week. It's an opinion piece, and a film-related one. Yes, even this week.

I love it when people try to point out to us what our own site is supposed to be dedicated to.

Ard VijnOctober 22, 2015 6:37 AM

You'd like him more dead? Why?
Because he has another opinion than you have?

Ard VijnOctober 22, 2015 6:37 AM

Seriously? You think you changed anything with your comment?

Omar HaukssonOctober 22, 2015 6:58 AM

You know Norse religion is not about the superiority of white people right?

Matt BrownOctober 22, 2015 7:23 AM

Hear hear!

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Matt BrownOctober 22, 2015 7:42 AM

Well, I *did* say I couldn't wait to see the comments on this one.

Todd BrownOctober 22, 2015 7:50 AM

Of course it is, it says so right there in his name.

Ard VijnOctober 22, 2015 8:12 AM

(Matt is Thor, but only his father knows it...)

Ezra PoundOctober 22, 2015 8:40 AM

When sane people take control of the country again, ((((Hollywood)))) is going to have to be thoroughly lustrated. Men like Mr. Brown will live out their days breaking rocks in the Nevada sun. But look on the bright side, Mr. Brown: its better than a concentration camp (which admittedly may still be in your future.)

Matt BrownOctober 22, 2015 8:57 AM

Thank you Ard, you just made my week.

Michael_456123October 22, 2015 10:24 AM

Almost certainly not. Way to moderate, by the way. Going through a thread making snarky comments at your readers is probably not the best way to keep them around.

Ard VijnOctober 22, 2015 10:40 AM

You sure about that? So far I've turned one comment into three.

Todd BrownOctober 22, 2015 11:28 AM

Shockingly enough we're not enormously concerned with keeping the white supremacists and anti semites around.

Odin WhitelawOctober 22, 2015 11:50 AM

pride and 'superiority' are not the same thing...

Odin WhitelawOctober 22, 2015 11:56 AM

Where does the word 'superiority' show up in my name???
Reading is fundamental...

Michael_456123October 22, 2015 12:02 PM

Are you concerned with keeping someone around who is neither but is a fan of cult film and was a fan of your site before this? Apparently not.

And you must want the racists around, or else you wouldn't have published an article pleading for them all to beat a path to your door.

Michael_456123October 22, 2015 12:02 PM

I've been reading Twitch for years, commenting only occasionally, but this exchange has been really unpleasant. I'm sure that I won't be back.

A man with a knifeOctober 22, 2015 12:03 PM

Again biased, self-righteous nonsense. Head-up-your-Ass material. Nevermind where you stand politicly - its baffling how can this shit be posted as genuine article.

A man with a knifeOctober 22, 2015 12:10 PM

But, you are concerned with paying morons to write this kind of crap.

marshy00October 22, 2015 12:18 PM

I'm just disappointed you don't have your face as your avatar. Is it covered in puss? I won't laugh. Seriously, it can't be that bad. Surely. Change your avatar. I wanna see your beautiful white face. How can I take you seriously when you hide behind some random symbol. Come on. Unveil your awesome.

ToryKOctober 22, 2015 1:25 PM

...Sure. Just to clarify, you think white genocide is an actual threat, right? Like, it can/might actually happen?

ToryKOctober 22, 2015 1:31 PM

Wait, you mean we can't?! I was gonna suggest you guys cover George Romero's new zombie movie (which is secretly about the very real threat of white genocide).

On a more serious note, I had a *feeling* Boyega's casting would ruffle a few feathers. But never in my wildest dreams did I think it would be this huge a deal. The whole thing's made me uncomfortable, and as cynical as I can be, I can't believe I'm actually surprised and disappointed by all of it.

YojimboOctober 22, 2015 4:57 PM

MMMMMHHHH pay one moron to write crap or have lots of morons peddling fear and ignorance.
I'd take the one moron thanks.
( I do not believe Mat Brown to be a moron)

tman418October 22, 2015 11:37 PM
What has freedom of speech done for any of us in the year 2015, except
expose us to the degree to which a disturbing number of the people
around us are way, way, way below the minimum height requirement for
intelligence to be a functional member of 21st century human society?

So let them expose themselves for the petty losers that they are! Millions will flock to see this movie, and more movies will be made. And also, letting them speak will expose us to the fact that we still have a long ways to go in overcoming the problems in race relations, and racism, in this country.

It's baffling that just NOW they're upset about a few black people in the new Star Wars movie, but were silent with Lando & Mace Windu. Perhaps social media (and the internet in general) weren't as prominent/non-existent back then? The internet is full of the worst of the worst people who hide behind their anonymity to say the worst things in the world.

J'accuseteauOctober 23, 2015 2:38 AM

Mel Brooks - Told all the girls in town not to date me.
Larry David - Made me fat.
Jon Stewart - Schemed with Netanyahu to deny Cena the title.
Ray Romano - Secret Jew, broke my penis.

J'accuseteauOctober 23, 2015 2:43 AM

Make Twitch Great Again!

J'accuseteauOctober 23, 2015 2:48 AM

"Whitelaw" in Old Saxonic means "hair splitter".

Ard VijnOctober 23, 2015 10:40 AM

I'll grant you this: not one moment did I think you were part of the white supremacists and anti semites, and I definitely like you more than them.

But you did call one of our writers "inexcusably dumb" for doing exactly what you were doing yourself (commenting on a cause you deem worthless), so don't be too surprised or hurt when replies get snarky.

Whizackk HqhuederattOctober 23, 2015 11:35 AM

Yeah, dat sheet beez jus like doze ray'sis security poh-leece in da movie theatha who won't give da brothas and da sistas free entrance tickets and sheet to da Starz War, gnomesayin? Dat sheet beez ray'sis and sheet, cuz our ancestas wuz slave and sheet, so we beez entitled to dat sheet.

MikeOctober 23, 2015 11:48 AM

Seriously, let's hope the new owner takes all the servers out into the woods and shoots them.

J'accuseteauOctober 24, 2015 3:09 AM

This guy's so full of sheet, they call him Mr. Xerox!

Kidding, of course. Xeroxes sully the pure whiteness of the blank page, and he'd never endorse that.

Oh Goo TakOctober 24, 2015 3:15 AM

Based on it's branding, it is dedicated to films, not politics. If you guys need this because of clicks, why can't we have porn instead?

Oh Goo TakOctober 24, 2015 3:17 AM

Some people are racist, it is normal that those people exist, but their views are hardly the norm.

Oh Goo TakOctober 24, 2015 3:17 AM

What about free speech does not matter?

Oh Goo TakOctober 24, 2015 3:22 AM

I assume you are not a fan of capitalism. How does this petty culture war nonsense benefit the left besides turning away moderate people who don't want to wage a culture war all the time?

ToryKOctober 24, 2015 10:52 AM

I didn't say it didn't matter. But if someone speaks nonsense, I don't have to listen to it. A Klan meeting, for instance. I don't have to listen to them either.

Oh Goo TakOctober 24, 2015 11:32 AM

Genocide could happen. Give me 500 years of peace and i say, yeah it's over.

Oh Goo TakOctober 24, 2015 11:32 AM

You think this a great title?

Oh Goo TakOctober 24, 2015 11:35 AM

You just want to alienate most people outside your identity politics bubble. Goodbye black man who thin ks feminism is bs, goodbye unionized white male who think identity politics is nonsense.

MikeOctober 24, 2015 1:01 PM

Is there anything more tedious than a "You've just lost a reader" tone troll?

wagnerfilmOctober 26, 2015 5:01 PM

I think it's way more normalized than you imagine. Donald Trump is currently the GOP front runner for the presidency, and actual Neo-Nazis are turning up at his rallies. His racism is what his base loves the most.

Todd BrownOctober 26, 2015 5:18 PM

And the number two guy in the GOP standings is the one who openly states he would ban muslims from the presidency.

ToryKOctober 26, 2015 6:51 PM

That's actually a damn good impression of me...

Oh Goo TakOctober 27, 2015 6:07 AM

You got polls that say people like his racism? Was there a radical change in the laws recently? What does his clown change for any black person? I always knew that 20 percent of whatever percentage of the repubs would vote for someone crazy.