Sci-fi has long been a place where stories and issues reflecting the real world can be portrayed. They serve as great parallels and by existing in largely fictional and fantastical places, they’re allowed to touch upon issues without being blatantly on-the-nose.
The Star Wars franchise has long been one of them. The election results stunned many and also created protests and movements. One of them was the safety pin symbol, created by @sethomatik to represent solidarity and a safe space for immigrants after Brexit. And now, post-election, it’s also being used by many here in the United States.
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story writers Chris Weitz and Gary Whitta are now using an alternate version of the symbol: It’s the rebel alliance logo with a safety pin through it.
— Chris Weitz (@chrisweitz) November 11, 2016
Whitta had this to say about the logo and the how it relates back to Rogue One.
While working on the movie, I recall thinking/talking a lot about how good people rise up when they realize they’re facing the unthinkable. https://t.co/9F182JvKsV
— Gary Whitta (@garywhitta) November 11, 2016
They both have been using the symbol and retweeting people using the symbol as well; they are also using it as their Twitter profile pictures.
Directed by Gareth Edwards, Lucasfilm‘s Rogue One: A Star Wars Story hits theaters December 16, 2016. It stars Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Riz Ahmed, Ben Mendelsohn, Jiang Wen, Donnie Yen, Forest Whitaker, Mads Mikkelsen, Alan Tudyk, and Genevieve O’Reilly.
From Lucasfilm comes the first of the Star Wars standalone films, ‘Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,’ an all-new epic adventure. In a time of conflict, a group of unlikely heroes band together on a mission to steal the plans to the Death Star, the Empire’s ultimate weapon of destruction. This key event in the Star Wars timeline brings together ordinary people who choose to do extraordinary things, and in doing so, become part of something greater than themselves.
Stay tuned for the latest news regarding Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.