In the 1960s and ’70s, Gene Roddenberry liked to sell Star Trek by telling interviewers that science fiction allowed us to see mankind in a fresh new light — if we could be sympathetic to an alien from another planet, no matter how strange he looked at first glance, perhaps we could be more sympathetic to each other.
Nuts to all that humanist claptrap says Mark Hamill, the star of the big screen successor franchise to Roddenberry’s sixties-era TV show:
And if you don’t vote for Barack Obama, you’re insane,” he added. ”Cause without him, I think the middle class will completely disappear. And you look at Romney and I’m sure he’s a nice guy, but I think he’s like The Thing, he only imitates human behavior. He’s not actually human himself.
Hey, nice Eliminationist Rhetoric — take two Krugmans out of petty cash. But which Thing is Hamill referring to? Benjamin J. Grimm, Marvel Comics’ loveable lug, who was transformed into a frightening-looking creature through alien forces, but retained his humanity underneath. Or perhaps Hamill is referring to Howard Hawks’ The Thing From Another World, a film in which the only (mid-century-style) liberal intellectual begged the soldiers he was surrounded by not to kill the movie’s eponymous subject.
As Hot Air’s Allahpundit recently wrote, when another Star Wars veteran had his own paranoid moment, believing half of his fans were racists because they don’t share his same politics:
Is there anyone among the principals of the original “Star Wars” cast who isn’t completely in the bag for the left? Lucas: Check. Carrie Fisher: Check. Harrison Ford: Check. Mark Hamill: Check. Now this guy. I’m almost afraid to ask how the stuntmen who played the robots are voting. If I find out that R2-D2 supports single-payer, my DVDs are going straight into the trash.
But hey, considering the man who catapulted Hamill to fame thinks of communist Vietnam as the good guys, (before joining the One Percent himself), we shouldn’t be surprised when his former employees express similarly malignant opinions.