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." Gary Whitta, the original writer on the project, responded in kind, tweeting: "Opposed by a multi-cultural group led by brave women."
By Friday night, the tweets had been deleted, but this from Weitz remained:
Star Wars against hate. Spread it. pic.twitter.com/Dtf5uqpxba
- Chris Weitz (@chrisweitz) November 11, 2016
Luke Skywalker himself, Mark Hamill, retweeted the "Star Wars against hate" tweet.
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.
The safety-pin symbol was derived from a reaction to the U.K., post-Brexit vote, where minorities faced similar prejudice and attacks. THR has reached out for comment from Whitta as well as Lucasfilm.
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."
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story opens in the U.S. Dec. 16.
Nov. 11, 10:50 p.m. Updated to reflect that some of the tweets had been deleted.