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Donald Trump’s fans are urging a boycott of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, due for release in the United States next week.

The campaign began with a series of tweets from activist Jack Posobiec, who claimed the writers rewrote and reshot the movie to add in anti-Trump scenes.

Screenwriter Chris Weitz said that this was “completely fake”, though he and another writer have tweeted their opposition to Donald Trump.

#DumpStarWars has been re-tweeted 120,000 times in the past 24 hours.

In a Periscope video, Jack Posobiec, who is an activist with Citizens for Trump, claimed the writers had said the Empire in Rogue One “is a white supremacist organization like the Trump administration and the diverse rebels are going to defeat them”.

“They’re trying to make the point of using this movie to push the false narrative… that Trump is a racist,” he said.

Image source Flickr

Image source Flickr

The basis of the claims appears to be tweets sent by Chris Weitz and fellow screenwriter Gary Whitta.

Following Donald Trump’s election win on November 8, Chris Weitz posted: “Please note that the Empire is a white supremacist (human) organization.”

Gary Whitta responded: “Opposed by a multi-cultural group led by brave women.”

Both tweets were deleted within the day and Chris Weitz later apologized for politicizing the movie.

In the wake of the election, both writers also changed their Twitter avatars to the symbol of the Rebel Alliance, with a safety pin – a symbol which has been adopted in support of minorities.

President-elect Donald Trump has 17 million followers on Twitter.

Among them are a group of fans who frequently champion him and are quick to denigrate those who oppose or criticize the president-elect.

#DumpStarWars is only the latest in a series of online campaigns they have launched.

In the last few weeks, there have also been calls to boycott the cereal company Kelloggs, Starbucks and the musical Hamilton.

A handful of accounts are frequently re-tweeted in the thousands.

They tend belong to people who work in the media, managing websites or producing other media supporting Donald Trump.


A Star Wars spin-off will tell the story of a mission by a group of resistance fighters to steal plans to the infamous Death Star.

The plot of Rogue One was revealed to fans at the Star Wars Celebration convention in California on April 18.

Rogue One will be the first in a series of on-screen adventures exploring stories outside the core Star Wars saga.

The movie will be set before the first part of the original series, Episode IV: A New Hope.

It was released in 1977 and began with the Empire’s pursuit of a ship carrying Princess Leia and blueprints to the lethal space station.Star Wars Rogue One

A specially created trailer was also shown at the convention, featuring a TIE fighter soaring over a planet where the Death Star can be seen in the clouds.

Director Gareth Edwards said that because the Jedi Knights were all but wiped out in the preceding film Episode III: Revenge of the Sith, his story would be different from the other Star Wars movies.

Gareth Edwards said it would not focus on people who were able to use the mysterious “force”.

“It comes down to a group of individuals that don’t have magical powers that have to somehow bring hope to the galaxy,” he said.

Gareth Edwards, a lifelong Star Wars fan, also noted that in the previous movies, characters were clearly defined as good or bad. He said he wanted Rogue One to be more complex.

“The thing that interests me about it, is Star Wars was basically very black and white. Our movie is grey.”

Rogue One starts filming in the UK this summer and is due to be released in December 2016, a year after Star Wars: The Force Awakens.