Star Wars: The Force Awakens parody twitter accounts have seemingly spread faster than lightspeed. While the quality of these accounts can feel more uneven than a cage match between Oola and a Rancor (looking at you, Tough Love Leia), one in particular comes near and dear to my heart: Dad Joke Han Solo.
For regular readers (if such a thing still exists after my recent hiatus), the attraction may be obvious. For everyone else, I would urge you to compare the conclusion of this nearly three year-old post (“if you ever run into an Israeli soldier with [a Darth Vader-inspired mask] obstructing his visage, let him know: “I find your lack of face disturbing”) with one of Han’s most popular missives:
I’ve previously questioned the frequency with which Jon Stewart gratuitously invokes Star Wars on The Daily Show, but I’ve never before felt the need to question how they fit into some overarching narrative. Which is why I found it so striking when, last week, he made a Dick joke that looked like this:
In a shocking departure from its usually-substantive coverage, Aish.com did its best to celebrate May the Fourth with an article titled simply, Star Wars’ Jewish Themes? The author has clearly never heard of Betteridge’s law of headlines, as he appears to have, at first, taken the assignment quite seriously.
There’s plenty to pick on here, but I’m going to skip ahead to the part where he describes the primary parallel between Judaism and the Force:
In the end, the battle between good and evil is played out within each of us.
In the end! But not a moment before. (I suppose that’s why Darth Vader… never mind, spoilers!)
But while the author-who-shall-not-be-named (sorry, wrong franchise) (but seriously, I can’t name him because his name is absent from the article) manages to play it mostly straight for most of the article, flaws begin to show towards the end (well, about three paragraphs beforehand, and I hope you weren’t surprised to discover the evil lurking a drop too early).
First, he allows us to understand why he views the battle between good and evil as a uniquely Judaic concept — because he knows next to nothing about any other religions aside from what they are called:
[This post is in keeping with a tradition of writing only about the Seahawks’ second most-recent victory.]
After they knocked off the St. Louis Rams on Monday Night Football, Pete Carroll was inexplicably photobombed by — well, just take a look:
There are some who think Israel’s international reputation is poor because it doesn’t do a good enough job spreading the country’s message. Consequently, Hasbarah (lit. explanation) is definitely a big deal in Israel. To wit, during its recent conflict in Gaza (in November, in case you forgot), the army deployed a Hasbara Strike Force to get out the good word.
There is another school of thought that says that Israel is actually doing the best it can for its international reputation, but that no amount of effort could really make a difference: the reality on the ground is so damning that even the best media campaign couldn’t cover things up.
The debate has been rehashed too many times to count, but an article that appeared today in Haaretz officially decided it — Israel could really use more work on its image:
It’s been a week since I touched this blog – believe it or not, I sometimes have better things to do – and when I fired up WordPress, I imagined the recent success of The Avengers would be a decent excuse to share a quick thought on The Hunger Games I’ve been sitting on for far too long.
As it turns out, this is not that post.
When I googled ‘The Avengers’ ‘the avengers’ to find reference to the fact that it is now the highest-grossing movie of 2012 – and enable my admittedly-nebulous link to the more-recent release – I instead came across a post on the The New York Times ‘Motherlode’ blog titled That ‘He’s Adopted’ One-Liner in ‘The Avengers’? Not Funny. And since it was marginally more contemporary, I decided to postpone my aforementioned note on The Hunger Games. Straight to an excerpt: