British satirical web site The Daily Mash reports (or rather, pretends) that UK Labour Party leader Ed Milliband was mad about Star Wars in his university days:
LABOUR leader Ed Miliband was part of an Oxbridge social club that would watch Star Wars up to 48 times in a row.
Documents released under the Freedom of Information Act have detailed exploits of Oxbridge social clubs.
The Bantha Gang’s initiation ceremony involved going into Oxford’s Blockbuster branch and repeatedly asking for ‘A New Hope’ – which is the subtitle of the film known as Star Wars – until the confused staff demanded they fuck off.
Former Bantha Gang member Stephen Malley said: “We had no respect for rules. For example in Dungeons & Dragons, you are meant to use a 12-sided dice during combat with monsters, but we would use two six-sided dice instead – pure anarchy.
Ed Miliband became Grand Bantha of the exclusive socially-inept group after teaching himself to speak Jawa, the language of those little things in hoods that kidnap C3P0 and R2D2.
Stephen Malley said: “Ed spent days decoding all their little burbling sounds. We would go to the pub, drink cola and have whole conversations in Jawa.”
“Then we would get beaten up.”
Now I know that making fun of Star Wars fans is particularly frowned upon at the moment, but it's all in how you do it. Three rules come to mind: (1) we all have a constitutional right to poke fun at politicians from time to time; (2) be funny; and (3) funny and mean are not the same thing.