Remember in the first Star Wars when Luke Skywalker blew up the Death Star and defeated the Empire by wearing a safety pin and smugly talking about it on Twitter?
No? Yeah, maybe empty symbolic gestures aren’t the best way to defeat your enemies. But that’s not stopping Star Wars Rogue One writers Chris Weitz and Gary Whitta from donning safety pins and then acting like they’re part of some kind of bad ass IRL rebellion against “Emperor Trump.”
— Chris Weitz (@chrisweitz) November 11, 2016
While working on the movie, I recall thinking/talking a lot about how good people rise up when they realize they’re facing the unthinkable. https://t.co/9F182JvKsV
— Gary Whitta (@garywhitta) November 11, 2016
They even tried to make Star Wars into a race thing. “Please note that the Empire is a white supremacist (human) organization,” Weitz said in a now-deleted tweet.
“Opposed by a multi-cultural group led by brave women,” Whitta added.
While some of their fans agreed with the sentiment, others were displeased with the writers using Star Wars to plug their political agenda.
@chrisweitz I'm not a Trump fan at all, but I'm even less a fan of smug activist bullshit sold to me as entertainment. This is pathetic.
— Aulde Gibletographer (@Corduroyalist) November 11, 2016
I’m sure the marketing folks at Disney are thrilled at their writers’ attempts to make Rogue One into a divisive political issue. Because we all know how well it worked out with Ghostbusters.