Luke Skywalker is using the force to save the United States Postal Service and the election this November. Or, at least, Mark Hamill is using the force of his fame to do so, anyway.
The movie icon shared a Star Wars meme on Twitter that transforms a memorable moment from the legendary film into a rallying cry for saving the Postal Service—and by extension, democracy.
THIS! 💯% 👇👇👇👇👇👇👇👇👇👇👇👇👇👇👇👇👇 https://t.co/4CMh2mWMIK— Mark Hamill (@Mark Hamill)1597626460.0
The meme was created by artist Paul Leigh, who takes images of all kinds from popular culture and transforms them into political memes.
In this case, Leigh used the moment in Star Wars when Princess Leia gives R2-D2 the plans for the Death Star. Except in this case, a 2020 twist sees Leia wearing a face mask, and R2-D2 is replaced by one of the blue USPS mailboxes that were ubiquitous on street corners until President Trump's new Postmaster, Louis Dejoy, ordered the USPS to begin removing them last week.
Under the orders of Dejoy, a Trump donor and ally, the USPS has also been removing mail sorters and cutting postal workers' hours. In many cases, mail has been delayed by weeks, including people's medications, which many elderly Medicare recipients are required to order through the mail.
The new USPS moves come in advance of November elections that will be heavily reliant on mail-in voting due to the pandemic.
Dejoy has since halted the removals of the mailboxes, opting instead to simply lock many mailboxes closed.
Saving the Postal Service from sabotage has become something of a pet cause for Hamill recently. Last week, he shared a petition calling for Dejoy's removal, which has so far garnered nearly 900,000 signatures.
And after he shared the Star Wars meme, people were 100% here for Hamill's vocal support for the USPS.
@HamillHimself @gmukunda Join the Postal Alliance!— Eric Garland (@Eric Garland)1597627564.0
@HamillHimself https://t.co/fZDnCq1qVk— Rob Brophy (@Rob Brophy)1597626807.0
@HamillHimself 👍🙂🇺🇲 https://t.co/cbKur7JR3c— Melissa Higgins (@Melissa Higgins)1597627263.0
@HamillHimself This IS the droid I’m looking for. https://t.co/U0mw40Ncb0— Aaron Baumann (@Aaron Baumann)1597626633.0
@HamillHimself The USPS is an essential service that must be saved. Millions of people rely on it everyday and cong… https://t.co/GIDPAP2Qjq— I ❤️ Mark Hamill (@I ❤️ Mark Hamill)1597634009.0
@HamillHimself Thank you for your voice. It is powerful beyond your expectations.— Crandall Marsh Votes BLUE (@Crandall Marsh Votes BLUE)1597626708.0
Fight Darth Trump! https://t.co/3991HnCzgU— Count_of13 (@Count_of13)1597643471.0
@HamillHimself If it’s good enough for Woody, it’s good enough for Cliff..... https://t.co/HaQFmZyXoV— Lucifer Sam (@Lucifer Sam)1597635506.0
I'm sure @princessleia @carriefisher would approve... https://t.co/7rOf1rl9ic— Nicodemus Jordan (@Nicodemus Jordan)1597648181.0
@HamillHimself Luke LetterCarrier fights against the evil Trumpire as they war with Rebel Postal Service. It’s up t… https://t.co/IWoYepiXjI— Jeff Walker 🇨🇦(Author of The Long Lost War) (@Jeff Walker 🇨🇦(Author of The Long Lost War))1597659951.0
May the force be with us all in November—we're gonna need it!