When it comes to politics, Mark Hamill is a very vocal person. The Star Wars actor may be best-known for playing Luke Skywalker, but fans all over the world are turning to him for his brusque political commentaries these days. Right now, the actor’s main source of ire appears to be directed towards the U.S. following its recent presidential election. And, now, Hamill is taking president-elect Donald Trump to talk over recent controversies surrounding his inauguration.
Today, news broke that the Radio City Rockettes had been signed to perform at Trumps’ inauguration next year. Reports began surfacing that several dancers were uncomfortable with the gig, leaving fans to wonder what might happen to those dancers’ job security. While a statement from the dancing troupe has confirmed dancers must voluntarily sign up for events, Hamill was quick to sympathize with the Rockettes who felt unease about the job.
“Good Luck to #TheRockettes at the Inauguration,” the actor tweeted. “Have fun, but remain vigilant Ladies! There's just so much to grab there. #TheyLetCelebsDoIt."
Of course, the burn is in reference to the now-infamous quote Trump was overheard saying while on film with Billy Bush. The leaked footage saw the two men bantering about ‘locker room’ talk while Trumps made comments about him forcing himself on an unknown women. The president-elect later apologized for the statements, but the words inflamed many survivors of sexual assault and abuse.
This is not the first time Hamill has taken aim at Trump this year. In November, the actor spoke to The Daily Beast and hashed out his feelings about Trump’s rhetoric.
“I’m in total denial,” he said. “I’m glad I have [the show Pop Culture Quest] to take my mind off what’s going on. Because if you look at what’s being assembled for our government it’s like, yikes. It’s a who’s-who of really despicable people.”
It’s tempting to say, ‘Well, I’m moving to Canada, I can’t stand it,’” he said. “But in other ways, it’s a challenge to stay and defend your country and do what you think is right and not retreat and hide under the covers. It’s not gonna be easy, that’s for sure.”
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is in theaters now. Directed by Gareth Edwards, it's the first of the new standalone features from Lucasfilm and Disney, which take place outside the core "Skywalker Saga" of films noted by an Episode number. Rogue One tells the story of the small band of rebels that were tasked with stealing the plans to the first Death Star. The story spins directly off the opening crawl from the original Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope. In that crawl, it read: "Rebel spaceships, striking from a hidden base, have won their first victory against the evil Galactic Empire. During the battle, Rebel spies managed to steal secret plans to the Empire’s ultimate weapon, the DEATH STAR, an armored space station with enough power to destroy an entire planet."
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