Princeton Class Reunion Bans Star Wars Stormtroopers Because Nazis [VIDEO]

Princeton Class Reunion Bans Star Wars Stormtroopers Because Nazis [VIDEO]

Princeton Class Reunion Bans Star Wars Stormtroopers Because Nazis [VIDEO]

A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away, college graduates used to be able to separate reality from fantasy. Not so for the Princeton class of 2012. While planning their five year class reunion, they decided to make it “Star Wars” themed. This included dressing up like characters from the movies. This included the option of ordering a Stormtrooper costume. All well and good, right? Nope! Why? Nazis.

“This is not the reunion you are looking for.”

A rules committee organizing a five-year class reunion party in early June around the fictional “Star Wars” universe was contacted about characters allegedly inspired by World War II-era events. Subsequently, Stormtroopers will not be allowed.

An update sent to those who RSVP’d to an Eventbright invitation was obtained Tuesday by Heatstreet.

“A few of our classmates reached out expressing concerns over our choice to use Stormtroopers as our costume inspiration,” the email said. “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.”

Individuals who already ordered a Stormtrooper costume through the committee were informed that they would receive a different outfit instead, Heatstreet reported.


Are we really sure these people graduated from college? Is this Godwin’s class reunion?

Class President Lindy Li told The Blaze the stormtrooper costumes “were solely intended to reference the ‘Star Wars’ characters and were not meant to be offensive in any way,” asserting that the new costume will feature someone else “in the Star Wars universe.” She posted on Facebook:

The Class of 2012’s costumes for an upcoming reunion were changed after a classmate raised concerns about the origin of the term “storm trooper.” The costumes were vetted by over 50 classmates who did not make this connection and never had any intention of referring to the World War II era.

Now, it is completely true that the stormtroopers of Star Wars were inspired by the stormtroopers of Nazi Germany. The entire Galactic Empire was inspired by Nazi Germany. But THIS IS A FANTASY TALE. IT IS FICTION. And Star Wars is a deeply embedded part of American popular culture. The image or costumes of Star Wars stormtroopers have never even been appropriated by today’s neo-Nazis.

So, the snowflakes of Princeton class of 2012 are really digging to be offended here.

And who knew that when Disney hosted parades on Star Wars Days at their theme parks, they were essentially Nazi rallies?

And let’s not forget the many, many fan groups devoted to Star Wars cosplay. Who knew that it was just a way to hide neo-Nazi ideology?

Hey, Princeton class of 2012 – either learn to lighten up and have fun, or skip having a party. And if you can’t tell the difference between historical fact and science fiction – then maybe you ought to go back to college.

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  • GWB says:

    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.

    Dear Lord in Heaven above. This is the absolutely worst part of this. You mean to tell me that these college graduates from a prestigious university didn’t know that the word “stormtrooper” was a word used by the NAZI era Wermacht? Where were they during history class? Worse yet, where was their history class? (It was probably a “herstory” class. *eyeroll* )

    Flat out, if you don’t know something so basic about one of the seminal* most important events of the 20th century, then you really have no business claiming a “prestigious” degree, nor telling other people what they should do with their lives. Ever.

    (* Wouldn’t want to trigger anyone with such a cis-male-sounding word. Plus, I wouldn’t want anyone to have to look it up. Because dictionaries are so non-post-modern.)

  • MarkM says:

    I take it these folks have also never heard of the volunteer work done by the 501st Legion. Their mission statement reads as follows: “The 501st Legion seeks to promote interest in Star Wars through the building and wearing of quality costumes, to facilitate the use of these costumes for Star Wars-related events, and to contribute to the local community through costumed charity and volunteer work.”

    Yes, Lucas had the nazi/fascist worldview on his mind when he created the Storm Troopers supporting the Empire. They are later revealed to largely be dupes, clones modified to be almost mindlessly obedient. (Which does not explain why they can’t $!#@ aim worth a $!#@ – but somehow are particularly exact in their placement of blast charges in a given pre-set pattern.) Folks have been subverting the trope pretty much ever since – see the pictures of the disco/mirror ball version of the Storm Trooper. Even Lucas got into the act with the latest installment where one of the heroes is a former Storm Trooper who couldn’t bring himself to slaughter innocents.

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