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Stephen Colbert defends the new 'Star Wars' lightsaber

Stephen Colbert defends the new 'Star Wars' lightsaber
Stephen Colbert loves the new lightsaber in the "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" trailer and defends it passionately. (Comedy Central)

In case you were wondering, Stephen Colbert has been a "Star Wars" fan longer than everyone else, thanks to a special preview screening of "A New Hope" he got to attend when he was in the eighth grade.

Now that a new trailer for "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" is stirring a bit of fan controversy online, Colbert used his standing as a longtime-even-longer-than-you fan on Monday to put to rest one of the testier points of contention generated by the trailer, which debuted the Friday after Thanksgiving.

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No, it's not the presence of a black Stormtrooper or the lack of familiar faces in the trailer that's creating the most concern, but the existence of a new kind of lightsaber with a hilt.

The lightsaber, wielded in the 88-second trailer by an unknown Sith lord, features two tiny offshoots presumably designed to protect the user's hand from enemy blades.

But according to a certain vocal faction of the fanbase, the so-called menage a sabre is a crime on par with Greedo shooting first or the entirety of "The Phantom Menace."

As Colbert quoted one Twitter user: "Hilt on light saber stupid and impractical childhood ruined everything ruined!!!"

But Colbert wasn't going to let a bunch of scruffy nerf herders on Twitter take him down. He thought it was a perfect design, and he had detailed analysis to back up his opinion.

So how did Colbert do with his defense? See for yourself here.

Twitter: @patrickkevinday

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