As one of the founders of The Revs Agency it should come as no surprise that I am a student of the American Revolution. (Doesn't everyone have a tattoo of Ben Franklin's "Join or Die" flag?)
Also an avid fan of Star Wars, I could think of no better way to celebrate May the Fourth than to marry these two passions. It seemed most appropriate to do this by associating characters from the Star Wars saga with our Founding Fathers, so here goes:
**I suppose I have to say “Spoiler alert” for those of you who haven’t seen Episode VIII, but, really? It’s available on every freaking online platform now. Ditch the Betamax player already.**
Princess Leia and Abigail Adams
Had Princess Leia not gotten that message to Obi-Wan (via R2D2 and the Rogue One squad) all would have been lost for the rebellion. Similarly, many historians agree First Laady Abigail Adams had a huge influence on revolutionary-era women's rights, as well as her husband John -- who was arguably the greatest Revolutionary of them all.
Adams would ultimately become one of the top First Ladies in history while Leia would become a prominent force for the rebellion -- a General no less -- and even survive getting blown into outer space.
Darth Vader and General Cornwallis
Both were arrogant b**tards who took their eye off the ball at a critical moment in history. Both mistakes proved fatal to the cause.
For Cornwallis it was inexplicably driving his troops onto a peninsula at Yorktown where he would endure the decisive defeat of the war, ushering in the REAL Independence Day in my book.
For Vader, it was thinking his little twerp of a son (yes, I went there) would be easy pickins in Return of the Jedi. In the end, all Vader got was a chance to be the subject of a bonfire party on Endor.
Chewbacca and Betsy Ross
I don’t know, it just seems if there were going to be a flag made for the rebellion Chewbacca would have made it from his own fur.
Han Solo and George Washington
George Washington by many accounts was a brazen, prideful leader who wanted to fight the British head-on to regain control of New York. Luckily, his key generals like Nathanael Greene were able to talk him off the ledge by substituting the ambush-and-retreat model instead. Solo was similar in his swashbuckling attitude and confident bravado. R.I.P.
I think we can all agree “You’re all clear kid, now let’s blow this thing and go home!” could be an interchangeable quote between both of these heroes.
Luke Skywalker and Benedict Arnold
Right, Luke Skywalker was not a traitor but he was a whiny brat from time to time. I mean I know you don’t want to help Uncle Owen on the farm, but a man’s gotta eat!
Similarly, by most accounts what drove Arnold to become a turncoat was his incessant whining about not getting promoted in the Continental Army after his big victory at Saratoga…c’mon dude!
Lando Calrissian and Ben Franklin
Both were from modest means. Lando was a gambler and smuggler while Benny a Boston Kid who had little formal education. Both got their shit together, though, on their way to becoming involved in politics at a very high level. Not to mention, they’re both well-known as the most stylish dressers of their time.
Yoda and Patrick Henry
This one came easy. Both were arguably the most quotable, with Yoda’s “Do or do not. There is no try” and Henry’s “Give me liberty or give me death”. Either way, both dudes got key folks riled up for their respective rebellions.
C3PO and Thomas Jefferson
OK, so C3PO was fluent in six million languages to Jefferson’s four, but both had a tremendous command of the English language. You know C3PO would have been in on the action of writing the Declaration of Independence. Not to mention C3PO changed color from grey to gold while TJ’s hair went from red to grey. Coincidence? I think not!
Exploding Death Star and Boston Tea Party
No events galvanized each cause like when Luke blew up the Death Star and Sam Adams and the boys dumped a shitload of tea into Boston Harbor.
On this most sacred of days, be sure to thank the heroes of your favorite rebellion, whichever rebellion that may be.
Chris Passarell is Managing Director of The Revs Agency, a full-service marketing strategy agency located in downtown Buffalo, NY.