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Did Writers Hide An Anti-Trump Message In 'Star Wars'?

| by Lauren Briggs

Some supporters of President-elect Donald Trump are calling on each other to boycott the upcoming Star Wars film, "Rogue One," which hits theaters on Dec. 15, claiming the writers deliberately edited the movie after the Nov. 8 election to portray a strong anti-Trump message.

"Star Wars writers rewrote and reshot Rogue One to add in Anti Trump scenes calling him a racist," one Twitter user wrote, accompanied by the hashtag #DumpStarWars, according to BBC.

The controversy started when one of the film's screenwriters, Chris Weitz, posted on Twitter after Trump's surprise win in the Nov. 8 presidential election.

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"The Empire is a white supremacist (human) [organization]," Weitz reportedly wrote at the time. Gary Whitta, who wrote the film with Weitz, replied to the tweet, adding that the Empire is "opposed by a multi-cultural group led by brave women."

After the election, Weitz and Whitta also changed their profile photos to the "Star Wars" Rebel Alliance symbol, adorned with a safety pin to show solidarity to minorities.

Both tweets have since been deleted, and Weitz followed up with an apology for politicizing the franchise.

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"To clarify," Weitz tweeted. "I'm apologizing for my emote white supremacist tweet. I still stand with people threatened in this vile season."

However, the film's director Gareth Edwards, told the Los Angeles Times in a Dec. 8 interview that "Rogue One" did have some reshoots before its release date, which is a frequent occurrence for big budget films. The reshoots reportedly had more to do with style than political commentary.

According to Edwards, after they released the first edit of the movie, Disney offered them a nearly limitless schedule and budget for reshoots. Due to the unconventional timeline in the film and the documentary filming style, they needed to make some major changes.

"It would be beautiful if you write a story, you shoot exactly that, you edit it and it's a hit," Edwards told the Los Angeles Times. "But art -- or good art -- doesn't work like that. It’s a process, and you experiment and react and improve. And if I make more films, which I hope to, I want to make them like that as well, where it's organic and it's not predetermined."

​Sources: BBCLos Angeles Times / Photo Credit: Star Wars/Instagram, BBC

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