Amy Schumer has had a pretty big week between the theatrical release of “Trainwreck,” two Emmy nominations for “Inside Amy Schumer,” and her raunchy GQ cover story featuring the comedian cavorting with “Star Wars” icons R2-D2 and C3P0 — but that last part may have landed her in hot water with the House of Mouse.
After impressionable “Star Wars” fans took to social media to decry the sexualization of their beloved characters, the official Star Wars Twitter account made sure to let them know that Disney and Lucasfilm had no part in the racy photoshoot.
— Teres Lutha Minor (@icecoldpenguin) July 16, 2015
— Anthony (@BaldMando) July 16, 2015
A studio spokesperson told Variety, “It’s not surprising that GQ would want to capitalize on the cultural cachet of ‘Star Wars,’ but Lucasfilm and Disney did not authorize, participate in or condone the inappropriate use of our characters in this manner.”
GQ did not consult with Disney or Lucasfilm on the content of the shoot, a studio rep says, but because the photos are parodying the iconic franchise, they’re covered under fair use. A source close to Disney admitted that there was no legal recourse for the parody — beyond social media disapproval.
Despite the disdain from some “Star Wars” faithful, others were making like Salacious B. Crumb and seeing the funny side.
— andy rafuls (@ARafuls) July 17, 2015
Amy Schumer angers nerds and aggravates Disney/Lucasfilm with her GQ Star Wars shoot. Good. She's doing everything right. :) #humourbypass
— Nick (@CountGeekula) July 17, 2015
— Denis Oakley (@denisoakley) July 17, 2015
And with “Trainwreck” already on track to outperform box office expectations this weekend, Schumer will be laughing all the way to the bank — just don’t expect her to make a real cameo in a galaxy far, far away any time soon.
A request for comment from GQ was not immediately returned.
Click over to GQ for more photos from Schumer’s cover story.