'Rogue One' Writers Connect Election to 'Star Wars': "The Empire Is a White Supremacist" Organization

The Hollywood Reporter

In the wake of this week's U.S. election, the symbol of Star Wars' Rebellion had been adopted by many fans protesting the victory of Donald Trump - and now, two of the writers of next month's Rogue One: A Star Wars Story have referenced the relationship between that movie and the current political reality on social media.

Chris Weitz tweeted the following Friday morning -

Please note that the Empire is a white supremacist (human) organization

- Chris Weitz (@chrisweitz) November 11, 2016

- with Gary Whitta, the original writer on the project, responding in kind:

Opposed by a multi-cultural group led by brave women. https://t.co/UUcjwflMWG

- Gary Whitta (@garywhitta) November 11, 2016

Weitz's tweet followed his praise for this op-ed piece from CBR.com, which explicitly connects Rogue One to this week's U.S. elections, with writer Brett White calling the movie "the most relevant movie of 2016," explaining, "When I look at the 'Rogue One' trailers, I see what I want from America. I see a multicultural group standing strong together led by a rebellious and courageous woman. That's what we are working towards, and what we will continue to work towards no matter what. That's what America - a land created as a haven for the persecuted, to be able to realize their limitless dreams - was created to be."

As if to cement the connection, both Weitz and Whitta have changed their Twitter avatars to an image of the Rebel insignia with a safety pin through it, a reference to the symbol of solidarity with persecuted minorities that has gained currency in the U.S. following the election. (It came from the U.K., post Brexit vote, where minorities faced similar prejudice and attacks.)

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story opens in the U.S. Dec. 16.

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