“This is all your fault.” So says C-3PO to R2-D2 in the original Star Wars, but we’re not sure who’s going to get the blame for this: Apparently that sultry GQ cover shoot featuring Amy Schumer sucking on the golden protocol droid’s finger was not something sanctioned by Lucasfilm.
Sources close to the film company tell EW they did not authorize the shoot, did not participate, and were totally surprised to see the characters in a photo spread, apparently enjoying post-coital cigarettes while lounging in bed with the comedienne, who was seemingly naked except for some carefully draped locks of hair.
There may not be any legal action to take, since parody is protected speech. But to those who felt the sexual poses, which included Schumer sucking on the tip of a lightsaber, were a little off-brand … you were right.
GQ did not immediately respond to a request for comment, and neither did Schumer’s reps.
With J.J. Abrams’ The Force Awakens film relaunching the series in December, the studio has been extraordinarily guarded about how its characters are used. Asked for a statement, the company’s public relations representatives said: “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.”
R2 and C-3PO … Go to your rooms. Lucasfilm will talk to you later.