‘Star Wars’ Writers’ Anti-Trump Rants May Hurt ‘Rogue One’ at the Box Office
The upcoming Star Wars movie, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, may prove unpopular with a sizable chunk of its fans thanks to public comments written by two of its principal creators. It could also hurt the movie’s performance at the box office.
In the days after the recent election, Rogue One writers Chris Weitz and Gary Whitta expressed their disdain for Trump publicly on Twitter. This wouldn’t—nor should it—be an issue, as the two of them should be free to support or reject whichever political candidate as they please, but they leveraged their creation to drive their point home.
“Please note that the Empire is a white supremacist (human) organization,” wrote Weitz in a now-deleted, and ill-conceived tweet. Gary Whitta, who was the original writer for Rogue One, replied to Weitz with an addendum: “Opposed by a multi-cultural group led by brave women.”
The two writers were rebuked not just by Trump supporters, but fans of the Star Wars franchise who saw what should have been a highly-anticipated film being dragged through the mud with local, earth-bound politics.
A tweet by Chris Weitz with a safety pin upon the Rebel Alliance symbol to indicate their stand in support of immigrant minorities remains active. For a short while, both Weitz and Whitta changed their Twitter avatars to the altered logo.
Star Wars against hate. Spread it. pic.twitter.com/Dtf5uqpxba
— Chris Weitz (@chrisweitz) November 11, 2016
Safety pins aren’t worth frothing over, but the creators’ choice to use imagery and other narrative elements of Star Wars to promote their political opinions only created fears that the upcoming movie would be doing the same. Would it be a soapbox for their progressive views, or would it be able to stand on its own?