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comment by katakowsj
katakowsj  ·  2140 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: The radicalization of Luke Skywalker

You are being sarcastic, aren't you?

Just had to ask. I've come across a couple of people that are actually that fearful.

Chromatic_Jon  ·  2140 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Not a bit of sarcasm. There has been a massive increase in witches ever since those Harry Potter films and the same thing will happen with terrorists!

...Okay, yeah it was sarcasm. But, I'm surprised that you've met people carrying on that sentiment about Star Wars. I'm pretty sure the author of the article was joking, there were a couple lines that had me doubled over. Not a fleeting internet chuckle, but like honestly guffawing out loud. I've heard people attack the news, video games, television, or movies for somehow encouraging domestic terrorism through violence. But never the Star Wars franchise in particular.

katakowsj  ·  2140 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Good. You've restored some of my faith in humanity then. It's not that I've know of anyone firsthand that are fired up and believe that Star Wars = Jihad. But, I have a good friend that is a public middle school administrator and had recently dealt with a parent convinced that her school likely had an Isis terrorist cell hiding within. This parent became irate and gave my friend an earful as his daughter was "bullied" at school when she asked the name of an obnoxious girl in the school lunch line. The obnoxious girl replied, "My name is Isis!" and pretty much went on her way.

Turns out this parent then did contact the local police department to deal with his perceived terrorists. He was quickly rebuffed, but still, my friend spent a sizable portion of her afternoon dealing with this nut.

As a public school educator, I have also, but rarely, come across the Harry Potter hater's too. They're an odd lot.

The Star Wars jihad thing is funny, but based on my experience, I wouldn't be surprised to hear about someone actually buying in to it.