Gaslighting in Star Wars: Yoda vs. Palpatine Debate Sparks Controversy

Noah Silverbrook

Updated Wednesday, July 10, 2024 at 12:00 AM CDT

In an intriguing video circulating on Imgur titled "Gaslighting," a heated debate unfolds about the leadership of Yoda and Palpatine within the Star Wars universe. The video presents a unique perspective, suggesting that Yoda, at 900 years old, should step down from his position as head of the Jedi Council, arguing that his age and incoherence make him unfit for leadership. Instead, the speaker advocates for Palpatine, emphasizing his business acumen and leadership experience, notably his handling of the Drake Federation.

This controversial stance has garnered a variety of reactions from viewers. One commenter pointed out the inconsistency in the video's costume choice, suggesting that the speaker should be dressed as a Clone Trooper instead of a Storm Trooper, given the prequel context. Another viewer acknowledged the joke but highlighted that Yoda's failures contributed to the downfall of the Jedi and the rise of Palpatine, suggesting that Yoda indeed played a part in the problem.

A fun fact shared by a user noted the slight indentation on the inner left bicep of the armor, a production error that signifies screen-accurate armor. This attention to detail reinforces the authenticity of the Star Wars universe's intricate design.

Political analogies also emerged in the discussion. One commenter referenced Jon Stewart's stance on political criticism, stating that it's possible to dislike both Trump and Biden simultaneously. This sentiment was echoed by another user who criticized Biden's cognitive abilities while still opposing Trump, drawing parallels between the perceived shortcomings of Yoda and the current political climate.

The debate on Yoda's leadership also drew comparisons to Biden's presidency. Some argued that just as Yoda's arrogance and mistakes led to the Jedi Order's downfall, Biden's age and perceived mental decline could impact his leadership. Others defended Biden, asserting that criticizing him doesn't negate his qualifications compared to Trump.

In a lighter vein, a commenter expressed relief at understanding a reference for once, while another sought a platform to engage with conservatives and understand their perspectives on media portrayals.

The video has sparked a lively discussion, blending humor, Star Wars lore, and political commentary, making it a fascinating watch for fans of the franchise and those intrigued by the parallels drawn with real-world events.

Noticed an error or an aspect of this article that requires correction? Please provide the article link and reach out to us. We appreciate your feedback and will address the issue promptly.

View source: Imgur

Top Comments from Imgur


@op where did you get this? I would like the full thing.


My biggest gripe with this is that he's in a Storm Trooper outfit, but is clearly talking about things in the prequels, so he SHOULD be dressed as a Clone Trooper.


While I see the joke being made, Yoda was a big part of the reason the Jedi fell and Palpatine rose to power. He kinda was the problem.


Yeah sure, let's all pretend that the argument is "Biden is old", and not "Biden has f***ing checked out. His brain is soup" And no I am DEFINITELY not saying that the orange r***** is a better option. The only hope for the US is that both of them shuffle off over before the election.


Fun SW fact: you see the slight indentation on the inner left bicept (our right)? That's was the thump imprint left in the armor mold by accident during production and is sure sign of screen accurate armor.


I follow John Stewart. If he says I can hate Trump and still think Biden is losing his marbles, then that's what I am going to think. They aren't mutually exclusive.


He is right though, Yoda, along with Mondi, are the problem with the council and the Jedi for that sake. They killed Qui-Gon Jinn with their ineptitude and Yoda keeping the source of the clone army secret is the reason order 66 got off.


I mean Yoda even admits he was in the wrong and his and the jedi orders arrogance caused their downfall. Also Yoda could still string a sentence together and not get stuck in the middle of his train of thought. Yall are trying to cope way to hard about Biden, just because he is the better choice of the 2 doesn't mean you can't criticize his ability to do one of the most important jobs in the country. Crying about people criticizing him is honestly pathetic.


Biden is too old and it will cause him to lose to Trump. Wanting to beat Trunp is wanting to replace Biden.


Okay but like this is a correct statement about Yoda. In the prequels he was a shortsighted, stubborn old wizard who failed to prevent the rise of fascism and in the OT he is a decrepit old man who wisely steps aside to allow the younger generation to right his mistakes.

Check out our latest stories