A controversial video which features Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai defending the repeal of net neutrality has created a disturbance in the Force.
Reacting to one scene in the video where Pai poses and dances with a lightsaber, actor Mark Hamill, who plays Luke Skywalker in the "Star Wars" movie franchise, said Pai is "unworthy" of wielding the Jedi's weapon of choice.
"Cute video Ajit 'Aren't I Precious?' Pai", Hamill said in a tweet earlier Saturday referring to the Daily Caller-produced video titled "Ajit Pai Wants The Internet To Know You Can Still Harlem Shake After Net Neutrality."
"[B]ut you are profoundly unworthy 2 wield a lightsaber-A Jedi acts selflessly for the common man-NOT lie 2 enrich giant corporations," Hamill added.
Cute video Ajit "Aren't I Precious?" Pai ????-but you are profoundly unworthy 2 wield a lightsaber-A Jedi acts selflessly for the common man-NOT lie 2 enrich giant corporations. Btw-did you pay John Williams his royalty? @AjitPaiFCCorpShill #AJediYouAreNOT pic.twitter.com/SpIcOEySUY— @HamillHimself (@HamillHimself) December 16, 2017
A lightsaber is also wielded by the evil Sith, the mortal enemy of the Jedi.
Hamill also quipped about Pai perhaps needing to pay a royalty to "Star Wars" composer John Williams, as the video briefly plays the "Star Wars" main theme song. This appears to be a subtle nod to how the video has already led to a legal fight threat from Baauer, a DJ, and his record label over the use of the hit song "Harlem Shake" in the video.
The video has also attracted controversy for that same scene of Pai dancing with a lightsaber because he does so alongside a woman known for pushing the infamous "Pizzagate" conspiracy theory.
my first instinct was this can't be real then i remembered it was still 2017 #NetNeutrality we are living in a full on parody now pic.twitter.com/Rs8htenbd2— к†и (@killthenoise) December 14, 2017
Hamill, who reprises his role as Luke Skywalker in the latest "Star Wars" installment, "The Last Jedi," out in theaters this week, is one of many Hollywood stars who have condemned Pai and the Republican-led FCC for its efforts to repeal net neutrality, which was widely defended in the public comment process. Other actors who have called out Pai include actor Mark Ruffalo, who appears as the Hulk in the "Avengers" movies.
The FCC voted Thursday afternoon to repeal the regulations, which were adopted in 2015 under the Obama administration. The intent behind it was to ensure Internet service providers treat all web content equally, preventing them from blocking, throttling or interfering with web traffic by reclassifying broadband Internet service as a public utility under Title II of the Communications Act.
Pai has long argued the 2015 FCC decision was an example of executive overreach and that net neutrality hurt Internet innovation.