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A Legit Health Warning Has Been Issued For Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker

Heads up.

Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker is due out in just over a week, and we all know it’s going to be an incredibly popular movie. In an unusual, but definitely not unwelcome move, Disney has put a health warning on the film before people head to the cinemas.

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Partnering with the Epilepsy Foundation, Disney has sent a letter to distributors of the movie asking that they let people know the movie is going to contain flashing lights.

“Out of an abundance of caution, we recommend that you provide at your venue box office and online, and at other appropriate places where your customers will see it, a notice containing the following information: Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker contains several sequences with imagery and sustained flashing lights that may affect those who are susceptible to photosensitive epilepsy or have other photosensitivities.”

The Epilepsy Foundation has thanked Disney for “proactively providing information to movie theaters and moviegoers in advance of the movie’s release.”

There are a LOT of lights in Star Wars

It’s not often that we see major powerful corporations learn from their mistakes, but this seems to be an example of it. When The Incredibles 2 was released in June last year, people voiced their concerns about the fact that there were scenes with flashing lights which could trigger a seizure – and in some cases, had triggered one. 

The Epilepsy Foundation released a warning about the film and a request that Disney let moviegoers know before they went to see the film.

Content warnings like this are slowly becoming more and more common, not just in the movie world but in a lot of online spaces. What might not seem like a big deal for a lot of people without Epilepsy could mean the difference between having an unexpected seizure and being able to continue going about your day because you were prepared for somebody else. 

Cheers Disney!

So if flashing lights aren’t your thing, just be aware before going to see Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker. And cheers to Disney for the heads up.

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Carrie Fisher Messing With Her Co-Stars From Beyond The Grave Made My Day

No one's ever really gone.

If you can believe it, it’s been nearly three years since we lost Carrie Fisher. I know. We lost her right at the end of 2016, a year that will go down in history as an incredibly crappy year and the year that everybody cool died. The only thing we’d ever expect of Carrie would be that she’d be back to haunt all of us for the rest of time, and it seems that our assumption was correct.

Over in California, the cast and director of the upcoming Star Wars Episode IX, The Rise of Skywalker got together for a press conference and preview of the movie. A question came up for director, J.J. Abrams, about how he worked Carrie Fisher into the film and how he chose what footage to use.

While he was answering, he mentioned the lighting and as he did, a light went off. Seriously, it was the eeriest timing ever.

“Hi, Carrie!” he called.

Obviously, everybody who watched the video burst into tears, or at least did on the inside. Mark Hamil has posted about her following him around before, but this is probably the most dramatic moment that we’ve all been able to see. Even J.J. Abrams makes a point of noting that “that’s so Carrie, by the way.”

Carrie passing away was a massive punch in the gut whether you were into Star Wars or not. Her role as Leia was incredibly iconic, but she was also a woman who was never afraid to tell people (or the entire world) exactly what it was that she thought. Losing her felt like losing a friend, no matter who you were.

I must admit though, it’s nice to know that she’s still around giving her opinions on everything. I’d love to know her opinion on Baby Yoda tbh, but I guess we’ll just have to imagine.

Whatever Carrie is up to in the afterlife, I’m not that surprised that at least some of it involves messing with her old co-stars. Hopefully she was pleased that we all followed her wishes and wrote that her death was caused by drowning in moonlight, strangled by her own bra.

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