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Twilight is trending again: Was Jasper a Confederate soldier? Here’s what fans are saying

Jackson Rathbone playing Jasper in the Twilight movies.
Jackson Rathbone playing Jasper in the Twilight movies. Pic credit: Summit Entertainment

It’s been over a decade since the first Twilight movie premiered. This eventful teen vampire drama has recently resurfaced among fans. They are finding themselves pondering over the character Jasper Hale’s background asking themselves: Was he a Confederate soldier? 

Twilight overview 

It’s very unlikely to find an adult who isn’t familiar with the Twilight phenomenon. The Twilight movie saga spans over five flicks that are based on a series of books by Stephenie Meyer.

The story follows the hardships and romantic love between vampire Edward Cullen (Robert Pattinson) and human Bella Swan (Kristen Stewart). Beyond their relationship, the movies and books also explore the lives and relationships of Edward’s siblings and family. 

This includes the quiet and pensive Jasper Hale who has recently been a hot topic in conversation as fans remember that his origin story dates back to him being a general soldier in the Confederate Army— a militia dedicated to upholding the enslavement of Black Americans. 

What are fans saying?

“Jasper” has been trending on Twitter recently. People are criticizing fans for continuing to allow the character to be romanticized. Others are digging up the book author’s past where she reportedly stated that a Black actor could only play villains in the movie. 

One Twitter user tweeted, “The fact that every single Cullen had a sad heartwrenching backstory and they just gave Jasper racism…”

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