Article by Adam Poncharoensub
With how amazing Mark Hamill has been over the last four decades, it’s difficult to really extol the man anymore than I already have. Hamill’s career built up two generations of nerds from Star Wars to Batman (and to an extent with Avatar: The Last Airbender). Off-camera, Hamill has always been a geek ambassador, historian, and just all-around class act. When have you ever heard anyone say a bad thing about Hamill? Never, right? Well, in light of the current times and the constant fight to help save lives, Hamill decided to do something socially responsible in a lighthearted way. He combined two of his biggest franchises in a Twitter post to plead people to wear a mask.
Let’s get this out of way, this post isn’t to advocate any politics. Wearing a mask doesn’t promote any political stance because it isn’t about politics; it’s simply a safety measure for you and everyone around you. If you wear a mask, you reduce the risk of getting people infected and hopefully, help make progress towards eradicating this deadly virus. With that being said, Hamill took to Twitter in his wonderfully geeky, tongue-in-cheek way to encourage people to wear a mask. Take a look below:
— Mark Hamill (@HamillHimself) July 3, 2020
It’s so silly, but works on so many levels. It puts a smile on your face (hopefully, as wide and maniacal as the mask), but doesn’t detract from the message. If you even look at his profile picture, the younger Luke Skywalker is wearing a mask too. Once again, Hamill proves himself a class act by using his platform to send out an incredibly responsible message, and he didn’t even have to be preachy or cerebral with it.
Folks, be like Luke Skywalker and Mark Hamill, and wear a mask!
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