Star Wars actor Mark Hamill joined in the calls for lawsuits against the United States government over the newly created branch of the U.S. Armed Forces, the Space Force.
Hamill’s call to sue the United States government is the latest in a string of celebrities to do so in regards to the Space Force.
The calls to sue became prominent back in January 2020, when President Donald Trump released the new Space Force logo on Twitter stating, “After consultation with our Great Military Leaders, designers, and others, I am pleased to present the new logo for the United States Space Force, the Sixth Branch of our Magnificent Military!”
Following the reveal of the logo, many believed the United States government was ripping off ViacomCBS’ Star Trek series, and more specifically the Starfleet logo.
The Orville writer David Goodman took to write, “I think Paramount is going to sue.”
Lucifer showrunner Joe Henderson would respond to Goodman writing, “God I hope they do.”
Star Trek actor Patrick Stewart’s son, Daniel Stewart would also express his hope that Paramount sues the United States government. He wrote, “More like getting sued by paramount!!”
Other Star Trek personalities believing the logo is a rip off of the Starfleet insignia would weigh in.
Robert Picardo wrote, “I thought it was China that didn’t protect intellectual property rights.”
Jonathan Frakes added, “Thank you Doctor , you speak truth.”
George Takei would also add, “Ahem. We are expecting some royalties from this…”
Takei added in a subsequent tweet, “I feel like Melania must have had a hand in copy–I mean, designing this.”
And John G Hertzler wrote, “Donald Trump, as Chancellor Martok of the Klingon Empire, strongly suggest ya better Call Saul on your new Space Force logo. Qapla’ jghertzler.”
All of these individuals showed their ignorance because it’s actually Starfleet that found inspiration from the United States government specifically NASA and the delta symbol has been around since 1942.
A Space Force spokesman responded to the ignorant calls to sue, “The delta symbol, the central design element in the seal, was first used as early as 1942 by the U.S. Army Air Forces; and was used in early Air Force space organization emblems dating back to 1961.”
The official Star Trek website even notes that the Starfleet logo was inspired by NASA.
It reads, “In the Star Trek universe, the delta emblem is a direct descendant of the vector component of the old NASA (and later UESPA) logos in use during Earth’s space programs of the 20th and 21st Centuries.”
The calls to sue would seemingly die down for about a year. That’s when Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn decided to take issue with Vice President Mike Pence revealing what Space Force members will be called.
In December, Pence revealed in a speech that Space Force members will be called Guardians.
He stated, “As I mentioned, we just returned from the Oval Office. And so it is my honor, on behalf of the President of the United States, to announce that, henceforth, the men and women of the United States Space Force will be known as ‘Guardians.'”
Pence added, “Soldiers, sailors, airmen, Marines, and Guardians will be defending our nation for generations to come.”
The official Space Force website also details, “Guardians is a name with a long history in space operations, tracing back to the original command motto of Air Force Space Command in 1983, ‘Guardians of the High Frontier.'”
The website adds, “The name Guardians connects our proud heritage and culture to the important mission we execute 24/7, protecting the people and interest of the U.S. and its allies.”
After this announcement, James Gunn took to Twitter where he asked, “Can we sue this dork?”
Gunn would later claim he was just joking.
He wrote, “I was making a joke. But, for the record, the Guardians of the Galaxy have been around since 1969.”
He would then reiterate he was joking writing, “Again, it was a joke. Again, Guardians of the Galaxy first appeared in 1969. Again, the Space Force member who came up with the name is a fan, seems like a cool guy, and I wish them all the best.”
Nevertheless, Star Wars actor Mark Hamill would follow in Gunn’s wake when he tweeted, “So they grab the ‘Guardians’ from your movies, they use the ‘Force’ from our movies… then they have the gall to just steal their logo from ‘Star Trek’?”
He added, “Let’s file a 3-way joint lawsuit & really nail these larcenous bastards!”
Now, it’s possible Hamill could be joking, but the actor has a history of calling for boycotts based on misinformation.
Back in August 2019, he called for a boycott against Jimmy John’s restaurants after photos of the restaurant owner Jimmy John Liautaud resurfaced of him big game hunting in Africa.
Hamill wrote, “Thumbs up to a boycott of all Jimmy John’s restaurants! (with apologies for posting this obscene photo)”
The resurfaced photo of Liautaud hunting is almost two decades old and he addressed the photos back in 2015 with the Chicago Tribune.
He stated, “I choose to hunt and I choose to fish. Everything I’ve done has been totally legal. And the meat has been eaten, if not by me than by someone I’m with.”
He also stated, “I don’t hunt big African game anymore.”
What do you make of Hamill’s call to sue the United States government over the Space Force? Do you think he was joking?