On MSNBC on Sunday, Melissa Harris-Perry had a panel on to discuss Star Wars: The Force Awakens and, in keeping with her tradition and flawless record, America's "foremost intellectual" made it about race:
Yeah, like, the part where he was totally a black guy whose name basically was James Earl Jones, who, and we were all, 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. 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.
Seriously. In some ways it is at least a change of pace that liberals take time away from bashing hallowed American holidays like Thanksgiving and calling revered folk figures like Santa racist to attack a hallowed movie franchise with more devoted fans per theater than MSNBC has viewers in a month. But seriously, this is no different from the lazy square peg shoving that produces ideas like "bowling is racist." You know, because the thug ball is knocking down the upstanding pins.
Indeed, even liberal race bait aficionado Tommy Christopher had to call her out on this one:
No, the problem with MHP’s analysis is that it is already a reach, and a factually flawed reach. Although he was known to choke a fool, Vader only cut off one white man’s hand, and it belonged to his son, (SPOILER ALERT) Luke Skywalker. This is important because he performed the deed right before he claimed his son in the most famous son-claiming ever. Darth Vader never didn’t claim his son, he just thought he was dead.
So much for her premise.
Harris-Perry obviously isn't the only liberal who has tried to make racist hay out of something popular like Star Wars, and in this week leading up to the new movie's release, you can bet there will be "think pieces" and "hot takes" galore about it (we're looking at you, Salon). Still, though, Harris-Perry's preposterous formulation, with the emphasis on hands being cut off (Islamic dog whistle anyone?) will probably take at least silver or bronze in the other big Wars franchise: Race Card Wars.
Oh, and speaking of Melissa Harris-Perry and weird, race-related head-scratchers, try this one on for size:
Um. Whaaaaaa?? Did she just .. was that ... wait, what???