Sunday, June 5, 2016

'Star Wars' attack ads

In a year when polls show Obi-Wan Kenobi and Yoda beating Clinton and Darth Vader beating Trump and Darth Trump is a thing, it should come as no surprise that Star Wars is getting the same treatment as Game of Thrones--being turned into parodies of attack ads.  So for today's Sunday Entertainment feature, I'm showcasing a few of them, beginning with one post last week on the official Star Wars YouTube account--Princess Leia: What Is She Trying to Hide?.

There’s a lot you don’t know about Princess Leia. A lot she doesn’t want you to know. Find out more in this damaging Star Wars: Bloodline attack ad, first seen on The Star Wars Show.
Of course, this is really an ad for "Star Wars: Bloodline," not a political ad, but it works very well as a parody.

It turns out that this isn't a completely original concept, even if the execution is original.  Follow over the jump for an earlier attempt at an attack ad on Princess Leia.

In March of this year, Matt Staggs posted Leia Organa: Not Our Choice for Senator (Star Wars Attack Ad).

She's a radical with deep ties to smugglers and war criminals. Can we really trust this princess with a fledgling democracy?
As I wrote, same concept, different execution.

Of course, truth is stranger than fiction and this year has been stranger than most.  That means it should come as no surprise that, not only are there Star-Wars-themed attack ads, but that actual candidates are using them.  It should also come as no surprise that the candidate using them is Darth Trump himself.  Wochit Entertainment has the story in Donald Trump Airs 'Star Wars'-Themed Attack Ad at Obama.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens has become so big, even political attack ads are being intertwined with the film. Donald Trump posted a short video on Facebook taking aim at President Obama for going to see the new movie installment rather than fighting terrorism like the ad likes to tell us. The 15-second spot begins with the statement "We are in a serious war" and shows war images of attacks going on overseas as the star wars themed song comes on and goes to a clip of Obama finishing a speech as he must go see the movie. There was a Screening of the film at the White house with First Lady Michele Obama greeting children of Gold Star families, an organization founded in 2005 by individuals who lost family members in the Iraq War.
The Farce is strong with this one.

Stay tuned.  This election year promises to get even weirder.


  1. Those were fun! The Star Wars revival conveniently coincided with election season, and we're enjoying the satirical fruits.

    1. I'm glad you enjoyed them and like your observation. Regardless of outcome, this election has already yielded a bumper crop of comedy with much more to come.