A ton of people go to see Star Wars movies on their opening days — The Force Awakens demolished the opening weekend record by hauling in a ridiculous $247 million — but not everyone is able to get out of work and get to the theater on opening night. But apparently someone in Congress wants to change that.
According to io9, there’s evidence that someone in the U.S. House of Representatives may be introducing legislation to make Star Wars movie release days national holidays. The evidence comes from the Twitter account congress-edits, which is a bot that tracks when Wikipedia edits are made by IP addresses from inside the U.S. Congress. And earlier today, someone anonymously made an edit to the Star Wars sequel trilogy page, randomly adding the line: “I am introducing legislation to make the release date of every Star Wars film a national Holiday.”
Now before you get too excited, it’s unlikely that this came from an actual member of Congress. Many of the edits catalogued by the bot are clearly meant to be jokes, and someone recently appears to have gone on a Star Wars binge, editing Kylo Ren’s page to call him a “snack,” and writing on the page for Obi-Wan Kenobi, “If you ban my IP address, I shall become more powerful than you can possibly imagine.” The monkey business isn’t limited to Star Wars, either. Other recent edits made from within Congress — likely by an intern or low-level employee — include an edit to the Chuck E. Cheese page about the mouse mascot telling Roy Moore to stay away from kids in the restaurant, and an edit to the Cool S page calling every middle schooler’s favorite symbol “sick as hell.”
So while it looks like we’re probably not actually getting a national holiday for Star Wars releases, perhaps there’s still a chance that May the 4th will eventually become one.