What does it say when a journal such as Scientific American prints an article denigrating fictional characters in the name of social justice and diversity? That’s just what happened to the Jedi, that far-away Galactic Republic’s peace-keeping guardians from the Star Wars franchise.
A group of five (!) academics claim using “JEDI” as an acronym for “Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion” is a boo-boo as the nigh-mystical beings comprise an “exclusionary cult” that is “prone to (white) saviorism” and utilize “toxically masculine approaches to conflict resolution” such as the “phallic” lightsaber.
If all that isn’t unsettling enough, the whole Star Wars franchise is fraught with uncomfortable matters of culture.................Read the full piece.