Rogue One: A Star Wars Story doesn’t hit theaters until Dec. 16, but this week alt-right protesters were calling for a boycott of Disney’s Star Wars standalone film.
In early November, Rogue One writer Chris Weitz tweeted comments against President-elect Donald Trump, at one point alluding to possible political parallels to the Star Wars universe, writing, “Please note that the Empire is a white supremacist (human) organization.”
Weitz has since deleted the tweet and has apologized. But last week a hashtag was created, #DumpStarWars, that suggested a boycott of the movie, with some calling the feature “anti-Donald Trump” and “feminist propaganda.”
“I think the whole story has been overblown and, quite frankly, it’s silly,” Disney CEO Bob Iger told THR on the red carpet of the world premiere of Rogue One on Saturday.
Continued Iger: “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.”
SOURCE: Mia Galuppo
The Hollywood Reporter