It really is the perfect response to the racist trolls who were hating on Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
In case you missed it, within hours of the new Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer being released last Monday, a pretty vile hashtag started trending on Twitter. Well, ok, the hashtag itself, #BoycottStarWarsVII, doesn’t seems so bad, but what it stands for definitely is. Basically, some white supremacists were complaining about how John Boyega (and to a lesser extent Lupita Nyong’o) were cast in roles that could have gone to white actors. Clearly, the white-hating J.J. Abrams is intent on perpetrating a cultural genocide.
If, like 99% of the public, you immediately disregarded the idea that The Force Awakens is a piece of racist propaganda, much less intended to discriminate against white people, a sketch from the newest Rooster Teeth show is for you.
Taking cues from both John Boyega’s character Finn and ’70s sitcom Good Times, the new sketch Troopin’ follows the domestic life of a black stormtrooper and his wife.
Oh my! I love how split the response is to a 55 sec parody of Good Times set in the Star Wars universe. https://t.co/nf6ZJk9p7F
— colton dunn (@captdope) October 25, 2015
The show comes from Colton Dunn, an Upright Citizen’s Brigade and MAD TV vet who’s also been a key writer and producer for Key and Peele. Plenty may know him, too, as one of the inept duo running animal control in Parks & Rec.
In fact, Dunn recently announced a new show on Rooster Teeth; the three episodes of Troopin’ are a part of his sketch/talk show hybrid, called Rooster Teeth Entertainment System (or #RTES). Clips from first few episodes of the show are already available online, and have mixed live action sketches with animation, lampooning the profusion of Pokemon no one can remember, the unimaginable time suck of a Destiny addition, and more. Full episodes are available live every Sunday for Rooster Teeth sponsors.
(By the way, if you want to read more on how #BoycottStarWarsVII got trending, there’s a great article over at Vox. Just be prepared – it’s reporting on some distinctive ugliness.)