For some strange reason, we live in a world where white people are apparently offended that a fictional sci-fi movie contains a diverse cast, but happens to feature white villains (except, you know, Darth Vadar, who dresses all in black. But let’s not fall too far down the rabbit hole).
The #DumpStarWars hashtag has been trending on and off on Twitter, partly in response to remarks made by Rogue One‘s screenwriter about President-Elect Donald Trump. This has led to a weird internet flame war between right-wing Trump supporters and Star Wars fans, as they argue over the merits of boycotting a film that’s going to make a billion dollars regardless.
All the bickering caused Disney CEO Bob Iger to make a public comment in an attempt to calm the storm, telling The Hollywood Reporter that the movie isn’t supposed to be political in nature.
“I think the whole story has been overblown and, quite frankly, it’s silly,” Iger said. “I have no reaction to [this] story at all. Frankly, this is a film that the world should enjoy. It is not a film that is, in any way, a political film. There are no political statements in it, at all.”
Star Wars has always been a “good vs. evil” story, but the overall plot surrounds a group of rebels trying to overthrow a tyrannical regime, which is an inherently political theme. But Iger insisted that it’s just a story, and people shouldn’t be making any real world comparisons.
“Rogue One has one of the greatest and most diverse casts of any film we have ever made and we are very proud of that, and that is not a political statement, at all,” Iger said.
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story hits theaters on December 16 (or late on December 15, if you’re really anxious to go see it and managed to get tickets already).