After the US election, Rogue One writer Chris Weitz got into a Twitter conversation with former-Rogue One writer Gary Whitta where they compared the Empire to Donald Trump.
This sparked people to believe that the writers purposely made Rogue One to be anti-Trump, despite the movie being written long before he even announced he was running for President. As a result, the stupid #DumpStarWars boycott was born.
Bob Iger was caught by the Hollywood Reporter on the red carpet of Saturday’s premiere and he had this to say:
“I think the whole story has been overblown and, quite frankly, it’s silly,” Disney CEO Bob Iger told THR on the red carpet of the world premiere of Rogue One on Saturday.
Continued Iger: “I have no reaction to [this] story at all. Frankly, this is a film that the world should enjoy. It is not a film that is, in any way, a political film. There are no political statements in it, at all.”
Despite the script for Rogue One being written before Trump ever announced he was running (Weitz replaced Whitta in January of 2015), the Iger comment doesn’t sway conspiracy theorists who think the film writers have a lot more power over the movie than they actually do.