Rogue One: A Star Wars Story has come under scrutiny by some, as the film is being accused of having anti-Donald Trump undertones. The accusations state that the filmmakers added reshot scenes to the blockbuster to be inherently anti-Donald Trump. This has sparked a “#DumpStarWars” campaign by some of the President-elect’s supporters.
Disney says the reshoots were not made to create an anti-Donald Trump message. According to screenrant.com a source said, “The changes have everything to do with clarity and character development and all take place within scenes we’ve already shot.”
In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Disney CEO Bob Iger said that there shouldn’t be anything political taken from this movie. Iger said, “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.” He also stated that the diversity of the cast was not intended to be a political statement, but that it was something the studio was proud of.
Rogue One actor Riz Ahmed (who plays Bodhi) spoke out in an interview with The Wrap, saying, “It is absolutely to be expected that people will project their anxieties and concerns…onto art. It’s also the role of art to reflect the times we live in. But this film wasn’t made to speak to this particular moment. This is a film that was written years ago, that was filmed over a year-and-a-half ago.”
Riz Ahmed also stated, “I don’t think the creators of this film are to be as petty and small-minded as to use something as big and all-embracing as ‘Star Wars’ to score kind of mean political points. I actually think that in this time that is so divided, a film like ‘Star Wars’ brings everyone together.”
Supporters of the “#DumpStarWars” campaign believe the evidence for the reshoots being anti-Donald Trump come from tweets by Gary Whitta and Chris Weitz (who are both writers for the film). A tweet by Whitta that has since been deleted said, “the Empire is a white supremacist organization.” In addition to that, Whitta and Weitz both changed their Twitter avatars to the Rebel Alliance logo with a safety pin on it. The safety pin has become a pro-diversity symbol.