Reviews for the stand-alone Star Wars film, Rogue One, have not hit the Internet yet, but a number of Trump-supporters have already made up their mind about the movie, calling it “a Jew masturbation fantasy of anti-White hate,” “anti-American,” and “liberal propaganda.” Calls for boycotting the movie from white nationalist gained steam when one of the film’s writers, Chris Weitz (American Pie, About a Boy), tweeted (and later deleted), “Please note that the Empire is a white supremacist (human) organization,” while the original writer on the project, Gary Whitta, responded, “Opposed by a multi-cultural group led by brave women.”
Weitz followed it up with another tweet:
Star Wars against hate. Spread it. pic.twitter.com/Dtf5uqpxba— Chris Weitz (@chrisweitz) November 11, 2016
Weitz also expressed support, on Twitter, for an article from CBR.com aligning the movie against white nationalism: “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, in full, was enough to spark outrage among the alt-Nazis, who have decided to add Rogue One to a list of things that they’re boycotting, along with Hamilton, Starbucks, Kellogg’s, and Facts.
Jack Posobiec — a leading voice of the alt-Nazis (and promoter of the #Pizzagate conspiracy) — got it started.
Star Wars writers: Trump is a white supremacist and Rouge One is an anti-Trump film— Jack Posobiec (@JackPosobiec) December 8, 2016
I just cancelled my Star Wars Rogue One tickets after the writers said its an Anti-Trump movie. I'll take my dollars elsewhere— Jack Posobiec (@JackPosobiec) December 8, 2016
This is not true, but why would that stop the alt-Nazis from suggesting it?
Star Wars writers rewrote and reshot Rogue One to add in Anti Trump scenes calling him a racist. Disgusting.#DumpStarWars— Jack Posobiec (@JackPosobiec) December 8, 2016
It took off from there.
Just leave politics out of movies. Whatever happened to entertainment and diversion? #dumpStarWars— Shaun Thompson (@thechef71) December 8, 2016
Stop using your multiculturalism anti-American agenda in a science fiction Disney movie. We just want to enjoy a fun movie. #DumpStarWars— Baked Alaska™ (@bakedalaska) December 8, 2016
#DumpStarWars? Already done. We don't watch that feminist, anti white, anti Christian, degenerate trash in our home anyways…— Wife With A Purpose (@apurposefulwife) December 9, 2016
Hollywood and Disney stop politicizing movies. Why alienate Trump supporters? We won't watch this Anti Trump propaganda. #DumpStarWars— Irma Hinojosa 🇺🇸 (@latinaafortrump) December 9, 2016
Obama’s brother even got in on the action, which is just straight-up bizarre:
Boycott Star Wars people! #DumpStarWars— Malik Obama (@ObamaMalik) December 8, 2016
Of course, the people on Twitter who do not support a white supremacists agenda were just as vocal (and a lot more amusing) in counteracting #DumpStarWars, although that Jack fella thinks those laughing at #DumpStarWars are trolls paid for by Disney.
Disney is paying trolls to attack us for tweeting #DumpStarWars as if that will make us stop!— Jack Posobiec (@JackPosobiec) December 9, 2016
I don’t think any of these people were paid:
These #DumpStarWars folks are gonna be disappointed when they find out virtually every movie they love was written by people who hate Trump.— Cody Johnston (@drmistercody) December 9, 2016
White supremacists boycotting Star Wars is a bonus for people who don't want to be in the same room with white supremacists. #DumpStarWars— Aღanda (@GrnEyedMandy) December 9, 2016
BREAKING NEWS: Movie series that has always had an antifascism theme criticizes a fascist wannabe. In other news, water is wet #DumpStarWars— Noah Poling (@Xmosphere) December 9, 2016
So far since they won, the "we don't need safe spaces" party has boycotted a play, a cereal brand and a movie for being mean. #DumpStarWars— Andrew idell (@AndrewIdell) December 9, 2016
Early estimates suggest that Rogue One will open next weekend with around $130 million. Those numbers may rise now that going to see Rogue One is suddenly a political statement against bigotry. I mean, we can stand against fascism and get two hours of entertainment? What a deal!