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Today is a glorious day for Star Wars fans across the world and in galaxies far, far away. Since 2011, May 4th has doubled as Star Wars Day, when fans of can share their love of the franchise amongst each other, whether in person or online, in a slightly more enthusiastic manner compared to the other 364 days out of the year. However, not everyone is keen about this holiday. A new video from the Galactic Empire urges those of you out there to say no to May the 4th and resist celebrating.
Say what you will about the Imperials, they know how to put together persuasive propaganda. As an "alternative" for folks who love the Empire and the dark side, the Star Wars website posted an anti-May the 4th video which features an Imperial spokesman (voiced by actor Tom Kane) who declares that the Jedi and Rebellion are traitors to the Empire, as are anyone who supports them and celebrates May the 4th. Let's also not forget the greeting that accompanies this holiday: "May the 4th be with you." It's just a clever twist on "May the Force be with you," right? Well, as the spokesman points out, the Force is used for "mind control, levitation of deadly weapons and haunting the living." He neglected to mention that the mystical energy lets you shoot lightning out of your fingertips, but since that's one of Emperor Palpatine's favorite abilities, it's probably for the best that was left untouched.
All this, along with the fact that wearing Jedi or Rebellion attire is a punishable crime under Imperial law, add up to May the 4th being a "dangerous and immoral" holiday in the Empire's eyes. It would prefer if fans celebrated stormtroopers, TIE Fighters and all the other things that makes this government "great." By the way, it's worth pointing out that this anti-May the 4th video was paid for by The Emperor's Committee to Destroy May the 4th. Evidently when he's not relaxing in his throne room or cackling sinisterly, he likes to destroy holidays that challenge his will.
While those of us on Earth can rest easy knowing we can celebrate May the 4th without fear of the Empire retaliating, let's wish the Star Wars fans living under Imperial rule luck that they aren't persecuted for celebrating this beloved holiday. In any case, the Star Wars saga will continue on December 15 with Star Wars: The Last Jedi's theatrical release, and for the TV fans out there, Star Wars Rebels' final season will drop later this year on Disney XD. And don't forget about all the books, comics, video games and toys always available.