Saudi Official Fired After Yoda Mishap in Textbook Goes ViralBy
Star Wars icon sits next to King Faisal in doctored image
Education ministry official replaced, review ordered
A top education official in Saudi Arabia was fired this week after a doctored image of King Faisal with Star Wars icon Yoda made its way into a Saudi textbook.
The montage of then-Prince Faisal signing the United Nations charter in 1945 with a beatific Yoda by his side was created by a Saudi artist as part of a series that superimposes pop culture symbols onto historic images. How it ended up in a schoolbook is a still a mystery, but it swiftly spread on social media.
Education Minister Ahmed Al-Issa apologized for the mistake on Twitter, a sign of the power of viral online embarrassment in this highly-wired society. He said the ministry would print a corrected copy of the book and had formed a committee to determine the source of the mistake.
This week, he replaced Mohammed Al Harthi, ministry undersecretary for curriculum and education programs, according to Saudi-owned television channel Al Arabiya. He also ordered a review of textbooks by government-owned company Tatweer.