The writers of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story have spoken out about the current political goings-on in America, noting that “Star Wars is against hate.” Chris Weitz, who penned the final screenplay for the upcoming film, tweeted out the following image today, combining the symbol of the Rebel Alliance—which many nerdier liberals have been adopting as a symbol of their displeasure with the election of President-Elect Donald Trump—combined with a safety pin.
Star Wars against hate. Spread it. pic.twitter.com/Dtf5uqpxba
— Chris Weitz (@chrisweitz) November 11, 2016
In recent days, the safety pin has become a symbol for people looking to express solidarity for those who might be endangered by the Western world’s sudden, dizzying spin to the political right. (Or it’s an anti-Trump hate symbol, if you listen to the kind of people who would say that kind of thing.) Weitz was joined in his urge to indulge in the lighter side of the Force by fellow Rogue One screenwriter Gary Whitta, with the two pointing out parallels between the films and America’s current political situation.
And while Disney hasn’t—and, let’s be honest, almost certainly won’t—weigh in on Whitta and Weitz’s comments, Weitz’s initial post did get a signal boost from the reclusive Jedi master himself, with series star Mark Hamill retweeting the “against hate” post.