Social Media Strikes Back: ‘Star Wars: Rogue One’ is Anti-Trump

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Protestors say 'Rogue One' too political?

WBAI-FM Chief Film Critic Mike Sargent on allegations of anti-Trump themes in the new 'Star Wars' movie 'Rogue One.'

Donald Trump supporters took to social media to call for a boycott of the new ‘Star Wars’ film, ‘Rogue One,’ after accusing the movie of being anti-Trump.

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Under the hashtag #DumpStarWars, supporters of the president-elect accused the movie of reshooting scenes to include anti-Trump messages and claim it portrays the galactic Empire as white supremacists.

“I think it’s ludicrous,” WBAI-FM Chief Film Critic Mike Sargent told the FOX Business Network’s Maria Bartiromo.

Sargent then reminded viewers it was not the first time there have been calls to boycott a movie in the “Star Wars” series.

“If you remember, they were trying to boycott the last ‘Star Wars’ because it showed a Storm Trooper that happened to be a person of color,” he said. “And obviously that worked well, because now it’s the third most money-making film of all time.”

Sargent said ‘Star Wars’ is a good science-fiction movie.

“’Star Wars,’ like any good science fiction, has something to say about humanity,” he said.

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According to Sargent, protests over movies are not new. The only difference now is that protestors have a new arsenal at their disposal – social media.

“The only thing that’s new,” he said, “is now that we have social media, people can say, ‘oh, It’s anti-Trump.’”

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