One week before the new movie in the “Star Wars” franchise is set to open in theaters across the nation and in South Mississippi, some white supremacists are calling for a boycott of the film.
The Miami Herald reports that members of the “alt-right, a group that mixes racism, white supremacy and nationalism,” started a social media movement with the hashtag #DumpStarWars. The report claims that the group has an issue with the film’s casting of a white female, Felicty Jones as Jyn Erso, and a multicultural cast, including Forest Whitaker, that tries to take down the Galactic Empire.
The white supremacist site infostormer called the film “Hollywood propaganda” in derogatory terms.
The #DumpStarWars hashtag sent off a flurry of Tweets on Thursday, many of which claimed the film is “anti-Donald Trump.”
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In November, Chris Weitz said that the Galactic Empire was representative of a white supremacist group.
Weitz sent out the following Tweet.
“Rogue One” is the first stand-alone film that takes place in the “Star Wars” universe. Advance tickets for the Thursday release are on sale at Cinemark 16 in Gulfport and The Grand 18 in D’Iberville.