Accuracy in Media

Uh, her outrage is misplaced, to put it nicely:

MSNBC host Melissa Harris-Perry shared her views on race in regards to the “Star Wars” franchise on Sunday.

The TV personality went on a rant about how when “Star Wars” villain Darth Vader was evil, he appeared as a black character (apparently because he was voiced by an African-American actor), but when he turned towards the light, he was revealed to be white.

“Yeah, like, the part where [Darth Vader] was totally a black guy whose name basically was James Earl Jones…but while he was black, he was terrible and bad and awful and used to cut off white men’s hands, and didn’t, you know, actually claim his son,” she said on her MSNBC show.

“But as soon as he claims his son and goes over to the good, he takes off his mask and he is white. Yes, I have many, many feelings about that, but I will try to put them over here.”

Harris-Perry overlooked that Vader was revealed as the father of two Caucasian characters — Luke Sykwalker and Princess Leia — well before his helmet-off reveal.





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