Is Star Wars too intense for some of the kids on campus these days? Yes I’m talking about that mega-profitable Disney franchise featuring Ewoks, Jedi Knights and Jar Jar Binks.
Apparently the answer is yes, because certain elements of Star Wars can be “triggering” to some of those special snowflakes according to hyper-politically-correct gatekeepers at Princeton University.
In June, Princeton’s graduating class of 2012 will gather for a Star Wars themed five year reunion with attendees encouraged to dress up as their favourite Star Wars character.
Ah, but not so fast!
The rules committee responsible for organizing the reunion decided to ban Stormtrooper costumes when some graduates complained that the fictional soldiers from the Star Wars universe kinda sorta put them in mind of Nazi-era German stormtroopers from 80 years ago.
A code of conduct update was sent out to those graduates of the Class of 2012 stating:
“A few of our classmates reached out expressing concerns over our choice to use Stormtroopers as our costume inspiration. We have been informed of the origin of this word and its connections to early- to mid-20th century Germany. This is something neither we nor anyone on your Reunion Committee were aware of, but something we take very seriously. Tonight we made the unanimous decision to remove these costumes.”
But, what’s more shocking? Banning costumes from the realm of science fiction or Princeton graduates stating in writing that while they were aware of something called Star Wars they weren’t aware of a conflict called the Second World War?