By Phil  |  09-24-2017   Weird
Photo credit: Shaweesh/Gharem

The education minister of Saudi Arabia has apologized for inexplicably including a photo of Yoda seated next to Saudi Arabia's King Faisal. Let's examine the issue.

<a href="http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-41363156">Ahmed al-Issa, according to <i>BBC</i></a> has a committee looking into what is being referred to as an "unintended mistake." The picture itself is nothing short of hilarious. The wizened jedi Master sists next to King Faisal as he signs the 1945 UN Charter. The image was created by Saudi Arabian artist Shaweesh. The master of the Force from Dagobah was chosen to be featured with Faisal due to the fact that, like King Faisal he was "wise, strong and calm" according to Shaweesh.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Remember when Yoda signed the United Nations charter back in 1945 with Faisal of Saudi, <a href="https://twitter.com/starwars">@starwars</a>? Saudi Ministry of Education does! <a href="https://t.co/T62mwtZppr">pic.twitter.com/T62mwtZppr</a></p>&mdash; SilentRuins (@SilentRuins) <a href="https://twitter.com/SilentRuins/status/910757978306961409">September 21, 2017</a></blockquote>

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"Everyone loves King Faisal here, even the younger generations," remarked Shaweesh of the Saudi head of state, explaining the rendering was meant as an homage. Shaweesh was inspired to do a series of art pieces featuring American pop cultural icons superimposed into historical archive photos after seeing a photo of Egyptian president Anwar Sadat standing next to Mickey Mouse at Disneyland.

Some negative comments have been lobbed at Shaweesh since the picture's appearance in the textbook, but according to Shaweesh most were directed at the education ministry themselves.

"Someone should have checked the image before printing."

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