Star Wars: The Last Jedi dominated the box office over the weekend. Meanwhile one of the stars of the movie, Luke Skywalker himself, spent the weekend dominating Republican senator Ted Cruz on Twitter. If you're unaware, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted 3-2 to overturn net neutrality laws last week.
At the head of the charge was FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, a former Associate General Counsel at Verizon. Before the vote, Pai released a bizarre video highlighting some the things he thinks you'll still be able to do in a world without net neutrality. It included all the important things, like spinning a fidget spinner.
As you can imagine, the video wasn't received well, and many saw it as condescending. One of those was Mark Hamill, who criticised Pai for wielding a lightsaber during the video...
Cute video Ajit "Aren't I Precious?" Pai 🤮-but you are profoundly unworthy 2 wield a lightsaber-A Jedi acts selflessly for the common man-NOT lie 2 enrich giant corporations. Btw-did you pay John Williams his royalty? @AjitPaiFCCorpShill #AJediYouAreNOT pic.twitter.com/SpIcOEySUY— @HamillHimself (@HamillHimself) December 16, 2017
Senator Ted Cruz, who has tweeted his support for repealing net neutrality, responded to the tweet, spelling Hamill's username incorrectly in the process...
.@HammillHimself Luke, I know Hollywood can be confusing, but it was Vader who supported govt power over everything said & done on the Internet. That's why giant corps (Google, Facebook, Netflix) supported the FCC power grab of net neutrality. Reject the dark side: Free the net! https://t.co/nARkMvIEYk— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) December 17, 2017
Did Ted Cruz just explain Luke Skywalker's role in the Star Wars movies to the man who played Luke Skywalker? Yes, he did.
Thanks for smarm-spaining it to me @tedcruz I know politics can be confusing, but you'd have more credibility if you spelled my name correctly. I mean IT'S RIGHT THERE IN FRONT OF YOU! Maybe you're just distracted from watching porn at the office again❤️-mh https://t.co/nHpJVG1Wpe— @HamillHimself (@HamillHimself) December 17, 2017
And he kept going...
(2/2) Rather than insults, try civil discussion of facts. Fact 1: until 2015, the FCC had NO authority over Internet. The Net grew free & unregulated. Fact 2: W/ "net neutrality" the FCC declared power to regulate everything said & done on Internet. That's really bad for freedom. https://t.co/uwMMzgKC1R— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) December 17, 2017
You can probably imagine how social media reacted...
Smart going after the most popular person in the universe right now by misusing his own quotes.— Zack Bornstein (@ZackBornstein) December 18, 2017
You're a sitting US Senator from Texas. ACT LIKE YOU'VE GOT SOME SENSE!— W.H. Lock (@whistlelock) December 17, 2017