Writers Threaten Disney With More ‘Obi-Wan Kenobi’ Episodes

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In a satirical article on The Babylon Bee¬†entitled “Disney Writers Threaten If Their Demands Are Not Met They Will Write Another Obi-Wan Series,” the website pokes fun at both the writers’ strike and the failure that was the recent Disney+ show¬†Obi-Wan Kenobi.

Bella Cruz SAG Strike

The Hollywood strike involves the Writer’s Guild and the Screen Actors’ Guild. Fran Drescher is one of the Hollywood actors who is leading the charge. Credit: Bella Cruz Instagram

“Don’t Test Us, Bob!”

In the article,¬†Babylon Bee¬†claims that writers are yelling the following at Walt Disney Company CEO Bob Iger: “Don’t test us, Bob! We’ve got two episodes sitting right here! Don’t think we won’t do it!”

“Tensions initially began to ratchet up when writers stood outside Disney studios and repeatedly read the screenplay of The Last Jedi,”¬†the satirical article explained.

Bob Iger Pay Cut

Walt Disney Company CEO Bob Iger returned to Disney leadership and replaced the famously-disliked CEO Bob Chapek, but has recently faced his own backlash for calling the ongoing Hollywood strike “unrealistic.” Credit: Thomas Hawk, Flickr

“I Wouldn’t Do That to a Terrorist”

“This has gone too far. I wouldn’t do that to a terrorist,” Bob Iger allegedly said in the parody, referring to the looming threat of additional Obi-Wan Kenobi¬†episodes.

The Walt Disney Company CEO actually changed his tune regarding the WGA and SAG-AFTRA strikes during Disney’s most recent quarterly earnings call, reversing his public-facing opinion after facing some severe backlash when he originally called the writers’ and actors’ demands “unrealistic.”

“Terrified Star Wars fans have begun protesting as well,” the¬†Babylon Bee¬†article continued, claiming that one Star Wars enthusiast passionately said the following: “Disney has to give some concessions [for the actors’ and writers’ strikes], but…threatening another Obi-Wan series is way out of line.”

Ewan McGregor as Obi-Wan Kenobi

Ewan McGregor as Obi-Wan Kenobi. Credit: Disney/Lucasfilm

The Value of Satire

Even though satires or parodies are not factually correct, they often give onlookers a chance to examine situations (such as the ongoing writers’ strike and actors’ strike in Hollywood) from a different lens.

They also suit the situations, at times, if emotions are indeed heightened during a conflict; for example, Snow White star Rachel Zegler passionately defended her request for more money from Disney recently, and such tensions are very aptly highlighted by satires like these.

Ewan McGregor as Obi-Wan Kenobi

Ewan McGregor as Obi-Wan Kenobi. Credit: Disney/Lucasfilm

The fact that the Disney+ Star Wars series starring Scottish actor Ewan McGregor was used without hesitation in this satirical article about the Hollywood strike, in turn, only highlights just how poorly-received the show was after its premiere!

Did you watch¬†Obi-Wan Kenobi, and have you been following the writers’ and actors’ strikes in Hollywood (as well as the backlash against Disney CEO Bob Iger)?

About Sharon

Sharon is a writer and animal lover from New England. Sharon's two main focuses in her work are Disney's correlations with pop culture and the significance of Disney princesses (which was the basis for her college thesis). When she's not writing about Disney, Sharon spends her time singing, dancing, and cavorting with woodland creatures!

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