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Star Wars turns awkward as #DescribeASciFiFilmBadly hashtag takes Twitter by storm

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Jan 20, 2018

Every so often, a Twitter hashtag is like manna from heaven, bringing out the creativity in people like a teacher's writing prompt does for a fourth grade class. The funniest ones have a person take a piece of pop culture and spin it on its head. For instance, #BlackHogwarts was trending just last week, and J.K. Rowling even acknowledged how much she loved it.

Then there's #ExplainAFilmPlotBadly, which gave us gems like "Woman abandons all her standards to win back a horny teenager with greasy hair" (Grease) "A drug crazed lunatic kills children in front of their parents one-by-one" (Willy Wonka), and "Noseless guy has an unhealthy obsession with a teenage boy" (Harry Potter). 

Twitter's back at explaining things terribly again, but with a focus on the future, space travel, robots, and aliens. #DescribeASciFiFilmBadly has yielded some truly funny results, and of course Star Wars is the obvious go-to vehicle for jokes, mainly due to its incestuous moments, an entire galaxy's fixation with the Skywalker family, and the Empire's inability to learn a lesson on the construction of planet-destroying weapons. 

George Lucas's creation is easy to make fun of, but it's not the only sci-fi franchise out there. Ridley Scott's 1979 "Jaws in space" got roasted too. As Alien's tagline goes, "In space, no one can hear you tweet."

Some took a quick trip to the Arctic in order to poorly describe John Carpenter's 1982 remake of The Thing. Just to be safe, we placed a heated wire over each tweet to make sure they were written by humans. 

And finally, the great Spielberg was not immune to the machinations of social media as E.T. got derided for racking up an enormous phone bill while Close Encounters of the Third Kind was blamed for tearing a family apart.

BONUS: The Ryan Gosling meme of "Hey Girl" is expertly applied to the critically acclaimed Blade Runner 2049: