Last month, on the eve of the premiere for Star Wars: Force Awakens, three Australian government ministers, a government MP and the national classification board received an utterly bizarre email.
It was addressed to the arts and communications minister Mitch Fifield and was titled "RE: STAR WARS - REFUSE CLASSIFICATION".
The letter launches into a well wrought argument about why the Star Wars films should be banned in Australia. The premise is that Jedi like Luke Skywalker are just like jihadi extremists.
The long letter ends with a call for Star Wars to be banned and is signed "James McLean".
The day after the letter was sent to the writer’s government targets it was forwarded onto BuzzFeed News stating that the intention was to point out "the ridiculous and thoughtless overreach in terror legislation".
After seeing the final movie it felt like the email was calling for attention (kinda like Luke's lightsaber to Rey - SPOILERS) and BuzzFeed News contacted "James".
After doing some digging we discovered the postmodern theorist was actually an art history expert who had formerly worked in the attorney-general's department for FIVE years.
He is also currently in a job with a non-profit organisation that receives public funding.
BuzzFeed News spoke to James about why he spent his spare time trolling his former boss (the attorney-general George Brandis) with in-depth Star Wars theories.
"I wrote the letter because I was bored, but also because I wanted to bring some attention to the overreach of the terrorism laws and their unintended consequences for other laws (e.g. Classification)," he said.
"Also Star Wars was coming in hot."
BuzzFeed News talked to Senator Fifield's and Senator Brandis's offices and both are yet to comment. However James did receive a letter from the classification branch of the communications department with some *clears throat* new hope.
The lesson here is that using Star Wars to troll your former boss (Australia's top legal officer no less) kinda works. In the meantime, a little message to the classification branch:
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