Screenwriter Opens Up About The Fallout From His ‘Star Wars’ Tweet That Had Trump Supporters Seeing Red

Back in 2016, after the U.S. presidential election, the writer of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Chris Weitz, decided to tweet out some anti-Trump messages.

Most of the messages have since been deleted, including one that read:

Please note that the Empire is a white supremacist (human) organization.

His co-writer, Gary Whitta, added that the Empire was opposed by a multicultural group led by brave women.

That was all it took for alt-right Trump supporters to launch the hashtag #DumpStarWars. (Yes, that really happened.) Now, nearly two years later, Weitz sat down to talk to Huffington Post about the crazy time.

He says the tweet and the backlash were eye-openers to how angry and anti-Semitic some Trump supporters are.

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. I think I learned something about social media.

I literally received cartoons out of Nazi… papers of anti-Semitic caricatures. That was pretty extraordinary.

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. I think I’m certainly more careful in how I express myself, but I’m every bit as [firm] about my political beliefs.

Though the other tweets were deleted, this one still stands:

Even now, people have lots of feelings and opinions about the matter.

Most people made the connection, but some needed a bit more explaining. 

And then, of course, there were those who were simply mad. At what, who knows?

Clearly, the two things that bring out the most feels are Trump and Star Wars. We’ll remember not to bring up either topic around the holidays.

H/T: Huffington Post, The Hollywood Reporter


Written by Jonna Ivin

Jonna Ivin is the founder of STIR Journal and writer of the essay, I Know Why Poor Whites Chant, Trump, Trump, Trump. She has appeared on NPR, OPB, The Roland Martin Show and KCRW. Jonna is the author of the books Will Love For Crumbs, 8th Amendment, and, Sister Girl. Her writing has been featured in Good Magazine, STIR Journal, The Establishment, and xoJane. Twitter @jonnaivin