The trouble started back in November when the writers of “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,” Chris Weitz and Gary Whitta, took a couple of shots against Donald Trump supporters by Tweeting the implication that their movie was an allegory of Trump (i.e. the Evil Emperor) and the rebels who oppose him (presumably progressives such as themselves.) The president of Lucasfilm, Kathleen Kennedy, poured gasoline on the fire by declaring that she did not feel obligated to cater to male science fiction fans.

Then, a Trump supporter named Jack Posobiec tweeted that the movie had some scenes added in that depicted Donald Trump, who last time anyone looked, lived on Earth and not in a galaxy far far away, as a racist.

The tweet has now sparked a movement to boycott the film under the hashtag #DumpStarWars. The firestorm has caused Disney CEO Bob Iger to scramble to stop what might be a public relations disaster, stated that there is no truth to the story. He is countering that no political message exists in the movie.

Of course, a political message does exist, but it is one that most people can get behind. It can be expressed as, “Tyranny is bad. Rebelling against tyranny is good.” It is a meme that Trump supporters, having just overthrown an old, overbearing government, should recognize.

On the other hand, George Lucas toyed with the idea that his original movie, “A New Hope,” was really about the United States in Vietnam with the Rebel Alliance subbing for the Viet Cong.

That meme did not fly very well, even in the 1970s. So the Empire became Nazi Germany, with soldiers wearing feld grau uniforms and a Death Star weapon that Albert Speer would have appreciated. The Rebel Alliance was the allies and various European resistance groups. Darth Vader did not grouse that the rebels cling to their Jedi philosophy and their blasters, but he very well should have.

The Trump supporters really need to calm down and enjoy “Rogue One” for what it is, a popcorn movie with good guys, bad guys, blaster fights, and space ship combat. But the makers of the film should refrain from insulting a great many of their audience. They should remember the maxim that if you want to send a message, use Twitter.

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