The fate of the new Star Wars movie Rogue One seems to be unaffected since a boycott campaign, #DumpStarWars, gained steam on Twitter with claims that Rogue One contains scenes that are anti-US President-elect Donald Trump and portray the galactic Empire in Star Wars as a white supremacist organization.
Rogue One stars Felicity Jones at the head of a brand new cast and follows a group of rebels who band together to fight the evil Darth Vader’s plans for intergalactic domination. It is a standalone prequel to the 1977 film A New Hope.
Asked about the social media claims, Disney Chief Executive Bob Iger told The Hollywood Reporter last weekend that there were “no political statements” in the movie.
“Quite frankly, it’s silly,” Iger said of #DumpStarWars. “I have no reaction to (this) story at all.”
Trump supporter Jack Posobiec, one of the people behind #DumpStarWars, said in a livestream on Periscope on Monday, “Why would you give your money to people who hate you?... Why do you want to take your kids to something that will influence them in a way to hate the president?”
Here are some tweets, mostly mocking the entire fiasco:
reminder that STAR WARS is about a kid converting to a bearded foreigner's religion, joining insurgents, and blowing things up #dumpstarwars— Saladin Ahmed (@saladinahmed) December 9, 2016
Trumpcakes are boycotting Star Wars which means your chance of getting shot in the movie theater just decreased by 97%. Enjoy! #DumpStarWars— #J20 (@Delo_Taylor) December 9, 2016
The #DumpStarWars Trump trolls also made it all the way thru the original trilogy without ever realizing Darth Vader was actually bad.— John Fugelsang (@JohnFugelsang) December 9, 2016
White supremacists are boycotting Rogue One, I always thought Star Wars can't get any more awesome, guess I was wrong. #DumpStarWars— Mustapha Itani (@mustapha_itani) December 9, 2016
White supremacists boycotting Star Wars is a bonus for people who don't want to be in the same room with white supremacists. #DumpStarWars— Aღanda (@GrnEyedMandy) December 9, 2016
So far since they won, the "we don't need safe spaces" party has boycotted a play, a cereal brand and a movie for being mean. #DumpStarWars— Andrew idell (@AndrewIdell) December 9, 2016
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