Saudi Arabia’s undersecretary for curricula has been fired and exiled to Dagobah after an official Saudi social studies textbook contained a photo of Jedi Master Yoda. The photo shows Yoda next to King Faisal of Saudi Arabia at the 1945 United Nations founding ceremony. The textbook page started circulating on social media last week.
The photo was taken by Saudi artist Abdullah Al Shehri, nicknamed Shaweesh. He told the BBC that he had intended no contempt for King Faisal.
The 2013 artwork, titled United Nations (Yoda), is part of a series that superimposes symbols of American pop culture – ranging from Captain America to Darth Vader – onto archive photos of historical events.
Shaweesh said he put Yoda in the picture for the United Nations because Yoda is “wise, strong and always calm.”
“I’m the one who designed it, but I’m not the one who put it in the book,” the artist told the New York Times.
Minister of Education of Saudi Arabia tweeted an apology after discovering the embarrassing mistake. He fired under-secretary for curricula Mohammed bin Attia Al-Harthi and ordered the creation of a committee to investigate how the oversight took place.
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