A new protest against the forthcoming Rogue One: A Star Wars Story movie with the hashtag #DumpStarWars has kicked off online.
Members of the alt-right who championed Donald Trump’s election victory have taken to Twitter to oppose the new movie which one member criticised for using a “multiculturalism anti-American agenda in a science fiction Disney movie”.
According to The Independent, the row kicked off after the film’s scriptwriter Chris Weitz last month posted a tweet, which has since been deleted, which stated: “Please note that the Empire is a white supremacist (human) organisation, opposed by a multi-cultural group led by brave women.”
This apparently led to a group of alt-right members to create the #DumpStarWars. One member tweeted: “Stop using your multiculturalism anti-American agenda in a science fiction Disney movie. We just want to enjoy a fun movie. #DumpStarWars.”
Another said: “Star Wars writers: Trump is a white supremacist and Rouge One is an anti-Trump film, Us: #DumpStarWars.”
Boycott Star Wars people! #DumpStarWars
— Malik Obama (@ObamaMalik) December 8, 2016
Star Wars fans have since hit back with their own tweets, mocking the alt-right.
One wrote: “Trumpcakes are boycotting Star Wars which means your chance of getting shot in the movie theatre just decreased by 97%. Enjoy! #DumpStarWars.”
Another added: “So far since they won, the “we don’t need safe spaces” party has boycotted a play, a cereal brand and a movie for being mean. #DumpStarWars.”
Trumpcakes are boycotting Star Wars which means your chance of getting shot in the movie theater just decreased by 97%. Enjoy! #DumpStarWars
— #RIPBassemMasri ? (@Delo_Taylor) December 9, 2016
So far since they won, the "we don't need safe spaces" party has boycotted a play, a cereal brand and a movie for being mean. #DumpStarWars
— Andrew idell (@AndrewIdell) December 9, 2016
Meanwhile, as Hollywood awaits the weekend’s premiere of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, the iconic ‘X-Wing Fighter’ is being set up in the street for the event.
The legendary space fighter jet has been installed on Hollywood Boulevard for the opening to the spin-off from the legendary sci-fi series, as road closures and excited fans let the secret slip.
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story will premiere on Saturday (December 10), before it hits cinemas worldwide on December 16.