Han Solo isn’t the only one who looks stupid.
Caught up in the current hysteria about guns in the United States, Walt Disney Studios have doctored promotional posters for the new “Solo: A Star Wars Story” to remove the space hero’s trusty blaster.
But if someone at Disney thought this was going to be a PR winner, the public response so far has been a disaster.
The movie is due out in May, but its promotional campaign kicked off on Super Bowl Sunday with the official release of its first trailer, according to the movie news website Collider.
The first posters released showed the film’s stars carrying a variety of weaponry – the kind space outlaws and rebels would tend to be outfitted with if they were going to have a chance of surviving in the brutal universe created by George Lucas.
The young Han Solo (played by actor lden Ehrenreich) has had the blaster-bearing arm digitally removed, as have the other characters pictured in the posters.
The result is worse than a needlessly sanitized image. In the Solo poster, the expression on Ehrenreich’s face while he’s aiming the blaster looks calm, deadly and determined. The mouth being slightly open just adds to the look of concentration.
Without the blaster giving his eyes an implied object of attention, he comes across, at best, looking like a guy reaching for his car keys and not finding them.
At worst, he looks like a moron.
They are removing Han Solo’s laser blaster from Star Wars posters now pic.twitter.com/xbiUXmvnqQ
— Jack Posobiec 🇺🇸 (@JackPosobiec) March 21, 2018
The social media response was scathing – and hilarious.
Can they make him look less gender specific so his toxic masculinity isn’t shoved in our faces? It’s very offensive.
— snooop1e (@snooop1e) March 21, 2018
Some commenters pointed out the essential inanity of the move.
They’ll have to retitle Star Wars, too. Wars are fought with weapons.
— Jewish Russophile (@JewRussophile) March 21, 2018
They could name it:
Star Lacking Collaboration on Peace Attempts
— Bookish Boredom (@Bookish_Boredom) March 22, 2018
Remember when the original Solo, played by Harrison Ford, scoffed at Mark Hamill’s Luke Skywalker, and the character’s attempt to master the Force and the lightsaber?
This was the Han Solo generations of Americans understood. Not to get all weepy about a fictional character here, but just speaking logically, the character was a perfect foil for the arc of the whole franchise.
The craziest part is that Disney is making an utterly pointless gesture here, and everyone, including Disney, knows it.
As tragic as school shootings are, there’s not a chance they’re going to be either caused by a movie poster, or prevented by inane digital doctoring of one.
All it really does is make everyone involved look stupid. And at least Han Solo doesn’t really exist.
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