‘Star Wars’ Against Hate: ‘Rogue One’ Writers Get Political

Gary Whitta and Chris Weitz post image to show solidarity with those in fear of Trump presidency

Two of the writers who worked on “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” jumped into the political fray on Friday with not-so subtle anti-Donald Trump messages.

“Please note that the Empire is a white supremacist (human) organization,” screenwriter Chris Weitz tweeted. Gary Whitta, who also worked on the film, followed up by adding, “Opposed by a multi-cultural group led by brave women.”

Both writers also changed their Twitter profile pictures to the symbol of the Rebel Alliance with a safety pin through it. The safety pin has become an anti-Trump symbol, with people wearing them to show minority groups and immigrants that they are safe with person wearing the pin.

American voters adopted the symbol from England, after those who opposed the Brexit began wearing the pins to show solidarity with immigrants and refugees.

 

This isn’t the first time “Star Wars” has become enmeshed in a current political debate. Many saw parallels with the Iraq war in “Episode III: Revenge of the Sith,” but creator George Lucas said they weren’t on the mark.

“This was written during the Vietnam War and Nixon era, when the issue was how a democracy turns itself over to a dictator — not how a dictator takes over a democracy,” he said at the time, according to USA Today. “When I wrote this, Iraq didn’t exist. We were just funding Saddam Hussein and giving him weapons of mass destruction.”