“Star Wars: Rogue One” is an eagerly awaited film depicting the operation that stole the plans for the Death Star, something that featured so prominently in the first film that hit the theaters in 1977 and changed science fiction cinema forever. However, the writers of the movie, Chris Weitz and Gary Whitta, decided to pop off, somewhat indirectly, about Donald Trump on Twitter, according to Heatstreet, Weitz declared, “Please note that the Empire is a white supremacist (human) organization.” Team Trump have been scurrilously accused of being racists.

Whitta added, “Opposed by a multi-cultural group led by brave women.”

Someone should remind these people that Darth Vader was played by James Earl Jones, an African American, and opposed by Obi-Wan Kenobi, Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, and Princess Leia, all white people, not that it has anything to do with anything.

The twitter storm has caused expressions of outrage by both Trump supporters and “Star Wars” fans.

The roughly half of the movie audience who voted for Donald Trump resent the idea of their guy being equated with the evil Emperor. In fact, one suspects that if asked, the working and middle-class folks who put Trump into office consider themselves the real world equivalent of the Rebel Alliance and the regime that is about to be replaced as the Empire.

“Star Wars” fans are annoyed because they would like to go to the movies to root for the good guys, hiss the bad guys, and not be bothered, at least for a couple of hours, about real world politics.

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People don’t go to see a movie like “Star Wars” to have political messages drummed into them. They go to have fun.

Some Hollywood marketing people are afraid that the dustup may hurt the movie at the box office. The saving grace here is that the opinions of movie writers do not carry the same weight as, say, actors.

On the other hand, Mark Hamill, who played Luke Skywalker, suggested that Trump’s cabinet is a “who’s who of despicable people.” Thus the one hit wonder continues a tradition for actors, successful and not, of offering annoying political opinions when he should have remained silent.

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