‘Star Wars’ Writers Get Political: Will Anti-Trump Tweets Hurt ‘Rogue One’?
On Nov. 11, Rogue One writer Chris Weitz launched a barrage of anti-Donald Trump tweets that mirrored what many in Hollywood had posted on social media in the wake of the presidential election.
But several messages took the crusade further, injecting the new Star Wars film into a divisive political debate: “Please note that the Empire is a white supremacist (human) organization,” wrote Weitz. Added fellow Rogue One scribe Gary Whitta, “Opposed by a multicultural group led by brave women.” Both men changed their avatars to a Rebel insignia with a safety pin, a reference to the symbol of solidarity with persecuted groups that has spread following the election.
Of course, the chicken shits removed the offending Tweets and left a graphic that essentially says the Rebellion can be injured by words that hurt and campaigns lost, and the wisdom of the Jedi can even be questioned.
Luke Skywalker himself, Mark Hamill, retweeted the “Star Wars against hate” tweet.
Meanwhile, despite the story line, The Force cannot exist for free and for what’s an already over-inflated price of admission, we won’t be financially supporting those who’ve turned what should have been a couple hours of fun into sci-fi, tag team bitch slaps by the still butt-hurt Robbie Mook and Jennifer Palmieri.
Rebellions Are Built On Hope: Why Rogue One Matters Now More Than Ever
“If the Empire has this kind of power, then what chance do we have?”
We have hope. If they have hate, then we have hope. And we have “Rogue One,” which has suddenly become the most relevant movie of 2016 — and it hasn’t even hit theaters yet. Fiction is powerful. Fiction is inspirational and aspirational; it’s where artists take their hopes and dreams and make them real through story. We strive to be like fictional characters (General Organa, Luke Skywalker, Rey, Han Solo) because they’re the vessels through which creators express the values they want to see in the world. You want people to be braver, you give them a Leia to look up to. You want people to be able to find their own inner strength? Here’s Luke and Rey. Think being selfless is more important than being selfish? Learn from Han Solo. We need a very specific story right now, and we need “Rogue One” right now.
#DumpStarWars is a good start.