The film isn’t on general release until next week, but rumours have surfaced online that the re-shot ending is an attack on US President-elect Donald Trump. The claims that the climax of the story has been altered to reference the recent elections in America have now been firmly debunked, but that hasn’t stopped some from get angry.
Initially the move against the galaxy far far away began on Reddit and other similar online outlets, with forum users on ‘r/altright’ already upset that The Force Awakens featured a black male lead (John Boyega) and a powerful female character (Daisy Ridley).
According to IB Times, when the trailer for Rogue One was released, one online blog claimed that it was “nothing but a Jew masturbation fantasy of anti-white hate [in which] nearly all of the major characters are non-whites and the main character is an empowered white female.”
The new outcry has resulted in a hashtag trending on Twitter, but predictably #dumpstarwars might not be going the way those calling for a boycott had initially hoped it would.
It seems like any planned boycott messages have been well and truly ‘trumped’ by those desperate to see the film.
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is on general release from December 16