If you’ve been following Lucasfilm or Star Wars on Twitter, you might have noticed that they apparently love wishing happy birthdays to people who have worked for them. In fact, at the top of Lucasfilm’s Twitter account right now, they’re wishing happy birthday to someone most people have probably never heard of (not that he’s unimportant):
Let’s all celebrate and wish legendary Star Wars artist and Lucasfilm Executive Creative Director Doug Chiang the happiest of birthdays! pic.twitter.com/pSIj400lIM
— Star Wars (@starwars) February 16, 2021
However, an extremely bizarre trend is beginning to emerge with whoever runs these social media accounts. And that is they seem to never wish a happy birthday to African American actors associated with Star Wars who run afoul of a certain political viewpoint. Now that may seem like a niche or trite point to make, but this is a long running pattern that we’ve come to discover.
Happy birthday to the hotshot, flyboy, hero of the resistance, Oscar Isaac. pic.twitter.com/zkldZin9fH
— Star Wars (@starwars) March 9, 2021
— Star Wars (@starwars) March 17, 2021
— Star Wars (@starwars) March 2, 2021
It’s not too far of a stretch to say that a huge chunk of the social media accounts’ actions are to say happy birthday to just about everyone who ever worked for anything Star Wars or Lucasfilm. If you once delivered some coffee to a third party vendor working with Lucasfilm in the eighties, there’s a chance they’re going to wish you a happy birthday at some point this year. If there’s only one thing Kathleen Kennedy has excelled at with Lucasfilm, it’s creating a heck of a birthday recognition program.
So it is then extremely curious who they have left out of their constant birthday bonanza over there. It started when they failed to recognize Carl Weathers’ birthday almost immediately after he said something positive about Gina Carano. Next, on his 90th birthday and cause for tremendous celebration, neither Star Wars nor Lucasfilm recognized the legendary James Earl Jones. The voice of Darth Vader, possibly the most iconic villain ever, was looked over by Lucasfilm and Star Wars on his 90th birthday. At the time, we speculated it might be because James Earl Jones is rumored to be a Republican or have held conservative beliefs.
It’s not as if Lucasfilm and Star Wars Twitter accounts have been blindsided by this criticism. This is something that fans have made very clear in the past was a misstep, and yet it keeps happening without any change. At no point have the accounts said, “Whoops! We made a mistake and forgot to wish the legendary James Earl Jones a wonderful 90th birthday!” Nope… they just keep on ignoring these actors.
Now Star Wars and Lucasfilm have ignored Billy Dee Williams – the actor of Lando Calrissian. And it’s not as if he’s out in obscurity. Williams literally just played the character in JJ Abram’s Episode 9. And the character of Lando is being used by Star Wars / Lucasfilm to promote LGBTQ values with the declaration of the character officially being a “pansexual” in Star Wars cannon.
However, we’ve got an idea of why Billy Dee Williams may be joining a group of African American legendary actors who Lucasfilm simply ignores on social media:
“I think that’s the reason they (Lucasfilm) didn’t have the success they could have had (with Solo: A Star Wars Story). Because they were going for something that was topical, instead of an adventure that’s far beyond those questions. If you’re talking about this huge, incredible story, why lock yourself into this tiny moment between a character like Lando and his robot friend?”
That’s Billy Dee Williams talking to Rolling Stone back in 2019 about Lando Calrissian being portrayed as having a sexual relationship with a robot.
Let us know what you think in the comments below. Are Lucasfilm and Star Wars accounts purposefully ignoring African American actors who differ in their opinions from the accepted narrative? We’d love to hear your opinion, and hey, maybe you could take the time to wish a film icon a happy birthday.
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