Saudi Arabia’s under-secretary for curricula has been fired and exiled to Dagobah after an official Saudi social studies textbook included a photo of Jedi Master Yoda. In the photo, Yoda can be seen sitting next to Saudi Arabia’s King Faisal at the 1945 ceremony that created the United Nations. The textbook page began circulating on social media la semana pasada.
The photograph was created by Saudi artist Abdullah Al Shehri, who goes by the nickname Shaweesh. He told the BBC that he hadn’t meant any disrespect to King Faisal.
“The 2013 artwork, entitled United Nations (Yoda), is part of a series in which symbols of American pop culture—ranging from Captain America to Darth Vader—are superimposed onto archive photos of historical events,” the BBC reports.
Shaweesh said he put Yoda in the United Nations photo because Yoda is “wise, strong, and always calm.”
“I am the one who designed it, but I am not the one who put it in the book,” the artist dijo al New York Times.
Saudi Arabia’s education minister tweeted out 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 occurred.
We’ve reached out Master Yoda and will update if we hear back.