Intergalactic Discrimination, It Is. Or Is It?

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Jessica Slade

Intern @ GoneWithTheWord

Most people would say that discrimination isn’t acceptable. We don’t want racial slurs in our supermarkets, religion slander in our schools or be the person to put up Merry Christmas in our government offices for fear of offending someone somewhere.

But what if we want to rant our frustrations about cultures we find absurd, or that infringe on our own rights…such as being able to wish someone a Happy Christmas without being verbally slapped with accusations of discrimination.

In a fiction world where fantasy rules, these rules of political correctness can be open to interpretation.

But surely such fiction would be banned? Such writers targets of hate mail! No one could make a living off this!

Uh, well, yes. They can. And a good living too.

Inspirational fiction (otherwise known as Christian fiction) often is based on the assumption that all the answers needed to be happy and successful in life are based in the Christian ideologies, and that other faiths don’t even need to exist within those fictionalized worlds.

Is that discrimination?

Or how about books like Mein Kampf? That particular autobiographical read is laced with racial views that most people today would not want to publicly align themselves with. Is that discrimination?

For those two examples, people who don’t agree with the ideas represented in the books would probably say that they are discriminatory, either based on ethnicity, religion or beliefs.

So how about an intergalactic world where non-human entities speak in shockingly human accents, and each group is given a position of power and measure of respect based on how close or far from the more old-school British image?

Goofy, big-eared characters whose language includes slurs of sir and whose ability to rise in power is limited by their tendency to fall down—both figuratively and literally. 

Or the villains of the storyline who are always covered from head to toe, covering their faces and concealing their identities while they proceed to function in intergalactic terrorism based on the dark magic.

Skip ahead to the band of good guys who, speak with British accents, are predominantly white males who make value-based comments about others such as “so uncivilized”.

Are any of these racist? Discriminatory?

If so, then much of the world, including Disney, could be considered discriminating. After all, George Lucas concocted this world and has made billions of dollars off the Star Wars product, and that was chump change compared to the money he is making now that Disney has shaken his business hand.

It seems that although we westerners like to think we are so open and welcoming, particularly here in Canada where we wear our multiculturalism like a Boy Scout badge, we secretly (and sometimes unconsciously) prefer to enjoy our discriminatory delight through other people’s imagination.

It’s so much more civilized that way!

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