Two ‘Rogue One’ Writers Protest Election With Rebellion Safety Pin Logo
In the wake of this week’s election results, much of the country was left shocked by what’s perceived as one of the biggest cultural shifts in recent memory. Hollywood was not exempt, with many celebrities venting their anger and thoughts of solidarity on social media, including, perhaps unsurprisingly, the writers of the next Star Wars movie.
It’s not difficult to see similarities between the Star Wars saga and this election cycle, and for many the message in the upcoming Rogue One is more applicable now than ever. Those similarities haven’t gotten past the writers of the film, as two of them posted subtle protests today on Twitter. This morning, Chris Weitz tweeted the message, “Star Wars against hate. Spread it” along with a picture of the Rebel insignia with a safety pin through it.
The safety pin thing has been growing in popularity ever since Tuesday, with people wearing them on their lapels and sweaters in silent protest. The safety pin protest grew out of Brexit in the UK, but has taken on a new meaning for Americans as they use it to send a message of solidarity to their friends in marginalized communities who feel threatened by Tuesday night’s results.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Weitz also tweeted “Please note that the Empire is a white supremacist (human) organization” before deleting it, but not before Weitz’s colleague Gary Whitta replied in kind (also deleted), “Opposed by a multicultural group led by brave women.” The two writers are currently using the modified Rebel insignia as their Twitter avatars. Mark Hamill has also retweeted Weitz’s “Star Wars against hate” tweet.
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story hits theaters December 16.