There will be no Death Star built for "Star Wars" fans says the White House. The American government has officially denied a petition started by U.S. citizens asking the government to build a real-life, full size, working replica of Darth Vader's famous place. MSN reported the sad Hollywood politics development on Jan. 11, 2013 nearly at the same time news about film producer George Lucas getting engaged to a Princeton gal was making headline news on all the networks.
The mainstream media news source reported on the politically correct response the White House officials made on behalf of Barack Obama's administrations, saying:
To those hoping for America's intergalactic dominance, your dreams have gone up in smoke. The White House responded to a petition calling for the government to build a Death Star. An official statement from Paul Shawcross, the White House’s chief of science and space, explains quite humorously why that won't happen. The statement, titled "This Isn't the Petition Response You're Looking For," points out: It’s freaking expensive (more than $850 quadrillion), the White House isn't down with blowing up planets, the structure has a well-known weakness ("a fundamental flaw that can be exploited by a one-man starship"), and anyway, we already have a pretty rad operational space station. For his part, Darth Vader tweeted, "A serious mistake, Mr. President. You can never have enough planet-sized lasers." [Source]
The movie rights to the "Star Wars" film franchise were recently sold to Disney by George Lucas. The famous movie producer has pledged to use the ample profits (a rumored $4 billion) to fund a wide variety of charity efforts -- many of which are humanitarian in nature or help students get a proper education.
George Lucas' name was recently in the press for confirming his intention to marry his girlfriend Mellody Hobson. The Daily Mail says the 68-year-old film maker and his 43-year-old African-American bride are expected to be married shortly and that Olympian basketball player Bill Bradley will be giving her away.
Perhaps Lucas color-blind ways (and noted sense of humor) made the White House officials feel comfortable turning down the Death Star proposal his fans made in such a playful way. Since Disney is planning to remake the iconic cult classic films, Barack Obama might agree to make a cameo appearance as an extra in one of the new movies someday. Getting on George Lucas' good side now might help him land that kind of star role in the epic action-adventure themed science fiction film saga someday.