This year has been good to comedian Amy Schumer. Her hit Comedy Central series, Inside Amy Schumer has found its stride during the third season, with several of the show's sketches going viral ("12 Angry Men Inside Amy Schumer", "Football Town Nights"). She also stars in and wrote the romantic comedy, Trainwreck, which has received mostly favorable reviews (including one from Screen Rant) and enjoyed a strong opening at the box office this week.
There's another hot commodity having an even better year: Star Wars. Not only is there a new film releasing later this year, but a whole galaxy's worth of tie-in material, from books to comics to games to toys. There's never been a better time to be a Star Wars fan, which means there's never been a better time to capitalize on the saga's surging popularity.
This brings us to a controversial collision of the two pop culture forces. In a recent photo spread for GQ Magazine, Schumer appears alongside C-3Po, R2-D2 and Chewbacca in a variety of amusing - and racy - scenarios. In one she's dressed as Princess Leia dancing atop a bar, another has her high-kicking with Stormtroopers. Others are more suggestive, however, with Schumer using a lightsaber in a highly inadvisable fashion and appearing topless in bed with the two droids.
Regardless of the photo shoot's adult humor (though probably because of it), Disney and Lucasfilm aren't happy, issuing a statement on Friday via the official Star Wars Twitter condemning the photos:
— Star Wars (@starwars) July 16, 2015
But it isn't as if Schumer or GQ meant any disrespect to Lucasfilm, Disney, or the characters they own. In fact, it's clearly the opposite. Choosing to use these iconic Star Wars characters at all is only further testament to their significance within our zeitgeist. Star Wars isn't just popular, it's become a barometer of popularity, and being a fan no longer gets you ostracized, but rather elevated to the cool kids' table.
Still, to hear a wholesome, family company like Disney is upset over a provocative shoot starring characters about to return to the big screen later this year isn't all too surprising. The Star Wars brand is aimed first and foremost at children, and Schumer's brand of bawdy comedy (or much of GQ's material for that matter) is definitely not for kids.
Luckily the joke hasn't been lost on everyone. Veteran Star Wars actor Mark Hamill seems to have enjoyed Schumer's cheeky photos, tweeting his response earlier today:
— Mark Hamill (@HamillHimself) July 18, 2015
And honestly, when you've got Luke Skywalker on your side, who cares what anyone else has to say?
What did you think of Amy Schumer's risque Star Wars photo shoot? Did she and GQ go too far or is it simply some good, raunchy fun at Star Wars' expense? Sound off in the comments below!
Star Wars: The Force Awakens hits theaters on December 18, 2015, followed by Star Wars: Rogue One on December 16, 2016, Star Wars: Episode VIII on May 26, 2017, and the Han Solo Star Wars anthology film on May 25, 2018. Star Wars: Episode IX has not received an official release date.
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