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‘Rogue One,’ a war movie about fighting fascism, isn’t political, says Disney CEO

Better tell that to the rebellion.

 

Gavia Baker-Whitelaw

Internet Culture

Published Dec 12, 2016   Updated May 25, 2021, 9:56 am CDT

Disney CEO Bob Iger claims that Rogue One, a war movie about an uprising against a fascist dictatorship, does not include any “political statements.”

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This was Iger’s response to a highly publicized hashtag campaign, #DumpStarWars, which accused the movie of having a pro-feminist, anti-Trump agenda. The hashtag is associated with the alt-right movement, with one supporter already suspended for making antisemitic remarks while threatening to boycott Rogue One.

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Describing the protest campaign as “overblown,” Iger told The Hollywood Reporter, “Frankly, this is a film that the world should enjoy. It is not a film that is, in any way, a political film. There are no political statements in it, at all.”

As THR points out, Rogue One screenwriter Chris Weitz tweeted last month, “Please note that the Empire is a white supremacist (human) organization.” The tweet has since been deleted, but it doesn’t help Iger’s rather unconvincing attempt to paint Star Wars as neutral, apolitical entertainment.

Rogue One, which stars a racially diverse cast of characters battling an army of Nazi-inspired villains, is projected to earn about $300 million on opening weekend. 

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*First Published: Dec 12, 2016, 1:21 pm CST