Chewbacca Arrested In Ukraine (VIDEO)

Star Wars celebrity Chewbacca was arrested at a Pro-Vader rally in Ukraine for campaigning on an election day and failing to produce a valid ID. No, this isn’t the story line of the new Star Wars movie–although it should have been for the prequels–but something far weirder. Apparently, the US just got a lesson in politics when an election in Ukraine features the Star Wars Sith Lord Darth Vader as a candidate. Not only did Vader run for mayor, he’s doing well enough to have his own rally through Kiev.

Chewie, seen in the video below, plainly drives a modified assault vehicle with a storm trooper riding shotgun. There’s an NRA joke here about the Rebels only being able to overthrow the Empire because they had guns, but I digress. The important take away from this video is how seriously the campaign is taken. Not only does this Star Wars crew arrive in style, but they have an honest to goodness political platform based upon transparency for the Ukrainian government.

Star Wars might be popular in Ukraine, but even the mighty Chewbacca has to follow election laws.

The Wookie was carted off to jail by the police force (no pun) and fined all of five dollars. You know the situation in politics has crumbled all over the world when the Empire seems like a logical replacement to the current regime. The love for Star Wars is so strong in Ukraine that statues of Darth Vader are actually replacing those of Vladimir Lenin. In fact, those statues are being fitted with WiFi hotspots so citizens can enjoy browsing the Internet next to their dear Dark Lord.

Vader and Chewbacca aren’t the only Star Wars figures to make political news in Ukraine. According to the BBC, recent local elections included such Star Wars notables as Padme and Yoda. Padme got trounced, but election won, Yoda almost did. However, Emperor Palpatine actually did win a seat recently on the Odessa city council with over 54% of the votes.

Jo Szewczyk is an American scholar who earned his PhD from Lancaster University in the UK. He is currently an ex-pat American living in Montreal, Canada where he spends his time with his cat, Chuck Finley.