Bill Bradley writes a piece at the Huffington Post entitled, ‘Star Wars’ Writer Addresses Tweet That Enraged Trump Supporters
Bill recounts a notorious tweet that the Rogue One writer Chris Weitz stupidly sent out shortly after the purely imaginary black stormtrooper controversy that surrounded The Force Awakens:
Following the contentious results of the 2016 U.S. presidential election, Chris Weitz, writer of “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,” stirred a bit of controversy when he tweeted out a number of anti-Donald Trump messages days after the Republican candidate won.
“Please note that the Empire is a white supremacist (human) organization,” Weitz wrote, seemingly drawing a parallel between the United States’ current political situation and the evil regime in “Star Wars.”
How can ignorant SJWs shriek that a black man can be a stormtrooper too (even though no one was complaining about it), while simultaneously declaring the Empire to be a white supremacist organization?
Your guess is as good as mine.
In an interview with HuffPost in August, Weitz reflected on the tweet and the chaos that followed. For him, it marked the moment he realized just how angry ― and anti-Semitic ― a certain subset of “Star Wars” fans could be.
If Chris is worried about anti-Semitism, then you should probably read up on leftist liberal Democratic President FDR.
“It’s a great lesson not to try to be funny on Twitter unless you know that the joke is a total hit. I think that was meant to be a throwaway fun comment, but [it] got pretty ugly pretty fast,” he told me. “I think I learned something about social media.”
“White supremacist organization.” Funny, ha ha.
What’s really funny is what the Atlantic reported on back in 2016:
Weitz had strongly criticized President-elect Donald Trump’s campaign on Twitter (and has continued to challenge the transition), but he later deleted that particular comment and apologized for its overt politicization of “innocent” escapism.
I wonder if Weitz was also just joking when he strongly criticized President-elect Donald Trump on Twitter.
Bill from the Huffington Post continued:
Or maybe there was a pocket of America who didn’t like having it suggested that they were part of a white supremacist organization, by a leftist.
Yet, much like the Kelly Marie Tran Instagram Incident, Mr. Weitz “literally” provides exactly zero evidence of any such received cartoons.
The thing is, Weitz’s joke wasn’t random. There’s Nazi influence all over the Empire, down to Darth Vader’s helmet. StarWars.com, the franchise’s own official website, states that George Lucas’ stormtroopers were inspired by the Nazi Sturmabteilung:
Which is a fascinating case for the SJWs at Huffington Post to make, given that they’ve spent the last nine months lecturing thinking people that Star Wars was George Lucas’ great Viet Nam protest picture.
Although he deleted the original controversial tweet, Weitz, who’s gone on to direct the Nazi-hunting movie “Operation Finale,” continued to showcase his rebellious spirit. After the controversy hit, he chose the “Star Wars” Rebel Alliance logo with a safety pin in it ― a symbol of solidarity with persecuted minorities ― as his Twitter profile image.
At what point did the Rebel Symbol become a symbol of persecuted minorities? I’d think it would be more appropriate to be a symbol of the persecution of normal people by leftist socialist Nazis.
“My last film [“A Better Life”] was about an undocumented immigrant. I still feel pretty strongly about the issues,” he told me in August. “I feel kind of badly about the ‘Star Wars’ stuff because I never want to damage the work of a lot of people in my life, and they didn’t ask to be dragged into all that.”
“There was a point where if it was clear that there was some sort of boycott that was affecting ‘Rogue One’ in a significant way, I would’ve felt pretty badly,” he went on. “I think I’m certainly more careful in how I express myself, but I’m every bit as [firm] about my political beliefs.”
Operation Finale directed by Chris Weitz and starring Oscar Isaac opened in theaters on August 29th.