Update: The Racist Star Wars Hashtag Was A Racist Troll Hoax

Update: In generally disheartening news for humankind, users on the 4chan message board have stepped forward and taken ownership of the #BoycottStarWarsVII hashtag.

In an archived thread called WE DID IT, users shared a cascade of gleeful posts, patting themselves on the back for fabricating a "racial issue out of thin air."
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This writer (likely along with many others who covered the offensive Twittering today) feels pretty foolish for giving the trolls what they wanted in this case — our attention.

All the same, though: The fact is that a minority group used race to pit people against one another, malevolently and purposely, over the last couple of days is a major issue, regardless of the origin story. Plenty of bigots glommed on; plenty of others pushed back. And, the discussion about how to handle — and cover — trolling online rolls on another day without resolution.

The story was originally published on October 20, 2015 at 10 a.m. EST.

Well, that was quick.

Before the much-awaited trailer for Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens was even released on Monday night, the highly anticipated film already had a racist hashtag trending on Twitter.

One Twitter critic called the film an anti-white propaganda movie that promotes white genocide. Then, that same user went on to insinuate that J.J. Abram's Jewish heritage somehow colored the positioning of the film: She called him an "anti-white nut."

The divisive tweets just kept on coming — until more level-headed fans took over the #BoycottStarsWarsVII hashtag and applied a little bit of their own force. You know: The steeped-in-reality kind.

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Even Ava DuVernay threw her two cents in to that effect.
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Although, perhaps the very best tweet was the one that used the Star Wars scroll format to explain why anyone calling the movie racist, is just plain wrong.
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We couldn't have put it better ourselves. Now, let's all just get back to counting down the days until the movie is finally is theaters, shall we?
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