'Rogue One' Writers Subtly Protest Trump With Rebellion Safety Pin Logo

Felicity Jones's Jyn Erso in custody - Credit: Disney/Lucasfilm
Felicity Jones in ‘Rogue One’ (Photo: Disney/Lucasfilm)

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 —




And Luke Skywalker himself, Mark Hamill, retweeted the “Star Wars against hate” tweet.

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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