I have yet to see Attack of the Clones, so would those who have kindly do me a favor and answer the following question: Which character gets cloned in the film? Is it the guy seen on the right in the pic below?
If so, I just have to laugh.
I was watching The O'Reilly Factor on Fox News this week, and O'Reilly had a professor on from Wayne State University in Detroit, a one Mr. Jose Cuello, who was making the claim that Attack of the Clones was "racist." According to Cuello, a "dark-complected" character in the film (who Cuello was unable to identify by name) was cloned, giving rise to an army of "mindless brown people" who "represented America's fearful image of the rising tide of Hispanic migrant workers in the U.S."
Cue Dr. Evil soundbite: Riiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiight.
Cuello then went on to say that his claims were founded because the cloned character he was referring to was "obviously Hispanic or Third World-looking."
Third World-looking?! If a caucasian person went on national TV and declared that someone appeared to be "Third World-looking," they'd immediately be excoriated and dismissed as a racist. But Mr. Cuello, as a person of color, gets a free pass with regard to making such ignorant comments, I guess.
And make no mistake -- they are ignorant.
The above identified gentlemen in the pic from Attack of the Clones is actor Temuera Morrison, who is neither Hispanic nor from a Third World nation. He is of Maori ancestry and was born in New Zealand, which isn't a Third World country the last time I checked.
No worries, though, Mr. Cuello. Don't let a pesky thing like the facts get in the way of a good rant.