Mark Hamill’s BMI suggests he hasn’t been training in the Dagobah system anytime within the past decade, but that’s no excuse for why he couldn’t answer a simple question at at San Diego Comic-Con 2012. A reporter asked “If you can pick one of your characters or one of Stan Lee’s characters, who would you dress up as?” Everyone’s favorite Skywalker used it as a springboard for a weird Occupy Wall Street-tinged attack on Gov. Mitt Romney.
“When I was a kid one of the great shows I used to watch was Disney’s Zorro. And I knew nothing about Mexican history, but just the idea of a privileged person fighting for the underdog — there is something very romantic about that. I guess it goes back to Robin Hood, people who are fighting for the middle class, the have-nots. It’s something that we even see playing out in the presidential race. And if you don’t vote for Barack Obama you’re insane, because without him I think the middle class will completely disappear. And you look at Romney and I’m sure he’s a nice guy, but he’s like The Thing. He only imitates human behavior; he’s not actually human himself. Do you know he had lemonade on the campaign trail and he said ‘Lemon … wet … good.’ Gwwaaaahaha!”
Given a softball question on superheroes, Hamill instead chose to personally attack Mitt Romney in a way that dehumanized the man. (Try that same tactic on President Obama and watch how fast you’re labeled a racist.) On top of that, he suggests that if you disagree with Barack Obama’s policies that you are, in fact, “insane.”
Why would a Hollywood actor do such a thing when he was completely unprovoked? The answer: He’s scared. There really is no other reason why someone would take an innocuous question that has nothing to do with politics and use it as an opportunity to let loose with ad hominem attacks and political screeds.
Mark Hamill should have remembered Yoda’s advice: “Fear is the path to the Dark Side. Fear leads to anger. Anger leads to hate. Hate leads to suffering.” He didn’t, and the result was that he came across as the strange guy who is so obsessed with politics that he has to inject it into neutral environments and sour everyone’s mood.
Regardless, since Mark wanted to talk about Robin Hood and how “romantic” it is to steal from people, let’s look at IRS data, shall we?
It looks like Mark Hamill’s definition of “the rich” includes a lot more people than, say, liberal billionaire George Lucas. The top 10% of wage earners paid 71% of all federal income taxes, and the top 25% of wage earners paid 88% of federal income taxes. Any way you slice it (even with a lightsaber), the “wealthy” and the middle class are paying more than their fair share. But again, according to Mark Hamill, you must be “insane” if these stats — which come from the Internal Revenue Service — bother you.
Interestingly enough, the last question Comic-Con’s red carpet reporter asked Mr. Hamill was, “What’s it like to kind of be a God when you walk into a place like this?” Instead of saying, “I’m not a God and I shouldn’t be treated as one,” Hamill embraced the reporter’s premise and answered with a smile. Fitting, since it’s obvious that the actor imagines himself as a philosopher king straight from Plato’s Republic and he sees Barack Obama as our saving Sovereign from Hobbes’ Leviathan.
Mark Hamill has spent much of his life living in the world of science fiction and “romantic” tales. Those of us in the real world have to deal with the consequences of a confiscatory federal government that resembles the sarlacc pit monster. It’s not fun. Luckily, these days we usually only have to listen to guys like Hamill when he makes the rounds at comic book conventions.