Mark Hamill knows all about the ways of the Force, and there’s one person he says wouldn’t make for a good Jedi: FCC chairman Ajit Pai. Hamill’s been known to share his views on political and policy topics in the past, but his latest Twitter flare — fresh on the heels of The Last Jedi’s monster opening weekend at the box office — finds him in rare form at a moment when the spotlight’s already shining brightly.
The 66-year-old actor took to Twitter over the weekend to challenge Pai’s appropriation of the Star Wars lore-verse as a way to promote the FCC’s recent policy shift away from net neutrality.
Pai, starring in a decidedly underproduced, lighthearted video to plug the FCC’s rules changes on conservative website The Daily Caller, at one point dons a makeshift Sith cape in the clip, wielding a lightsaber while pledging that web users “can still stay part of your favorite fandom.”
Disapproving not only of the way in which Pai politicized Star Wars, but also for his use of John Williams’ iconic score, Hamill unloaded, saying Pai is “profoundly unworthy 2 wield a lightsaber” because “A Jedi acts selflessly for the common man-NOT lie 2 enrich giant corporations.” Then he signed off with: “Btw-did you pay John Williams his royalty?”
The Star Wars theme wasn’t the only copyrighted music in Pai’s video bit, drawing ire also from DJ Harry Rodrigues, creator of the “Harlem Shake.” Mad Decent, that song’s label, threatened to hit Pai with legal recourse if he doesn’t remove the tune.
So far, the video’s still up — with both the Star Wars theme and “Harlem Shake” still attached.
While it seems there’s no escape from the world of politics these days, at least we can find relief in knowing that the politics on display in the Star Wars universe took place a long time ago — and in a galaxy far away. You can check out Hamill, in all his grizzled, seasoned Luke Skywalker glory, in that other galaxy now: The Last Jedi is showing in theaters nationwide.