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Mark Hamill And Ted Cruz Bicker On Twitter Over Jedis And Net Neutrality

As Federal Communications Commission begins repeals of net neutrality laws put in place by the Obama administration, many people on the internet are having complete meltdowns out of fear of what's going to happen. Rumors and hype over the worst-case scenario have been swirling for months, and celebrities in particular have been fighting in favor of the laws. FCC Chairman Ajit Pai addressed the issue this week in a comical video in an attempt to soothe people's fears. Somehow this video led to a bit of a Twitter battle between Star Wars actor Mark Hamill and Senator Ted Cruz.

In his video, '7 things you can still do on the Internet after net neutrality', Pai tries to tell people that some of their favorite internet activities will not be any different. He jokes that you can still shop online for fidget spinners, still share cute pet photos, and still get involved with your favorite fandom.

But when Pai picked up a lightsaber in the video and struck a Jedi pose, his video hit a nerve with Mark Hamill, actor best known for his role as Luke Skywalker in the 'Star Wars' franchise. Hamill quickly jumped on Twitter to take a shot at Pai.

"Cute video Ajit "Aren't I Precious?" Pai," Hamill wrote, "but you are profoundly unworthy 2 wield a lightsaber-A Jedi acts selflessly for the common man-NOT lie 2 enrich giant corporations. Btw-did you pay [Star Wars composer] John Williams his royalty?"

Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) quickly jumped in to make a point, which no doubt irked the 'Star Wars' alum.

"Luke, I know Hollywood can be confusing, but it was Vader who supported govt power over everything said & done on the Internet. That's why giant corps (Google, Facebook, Netflix) supported the FCC power grab of net neutrality. Reject the dark side: Free the net!" Cruz responded.

Sadly for Hamill, it's true that Vader was the one on the side of big government and government control. But he shot back at Cruz anyway, making fun of that fact that Cruz misspelled his name in the Tweet, and over Cruz's unfortunate recent mini-scandal.

“Thanks for smarm-sp[l]aining it to me,” Hamill shot back at Cruz. "I know politics can be confusing, but you'd have more credibility if you spelled my name correctly. I mean IT'S RIGHT THERE IN FRONT OF YOU! Maybe you're just distracted from watching porn at the office again."

Someone on Cruz's Twitter feed accidentally 'liked' a porn tweet. Cruz said it was one of his staff members did it by accident.

The net neutrality issue has been a hot-button topic as of late. Some believe that the death of the net neutrality laws will be the death of the internet as we know it. The laws regulate the internet so that all traffic is treated equally. Under the laws, Internet Service Providers (ISPs) can't slow down websites or content from their competitors, or choose to give privilege to their own content. Supporters feel the government needs to keep its hands on the internet to make things ‘fair’.

“[With net neutrality]… your Internet provider can’t slow your Amazon Prime Video stream to a crawl so you’ll keep your Comcast cable plan, and your mobile carrier can’t stop you from using Microsoft’s Skype instead of your own Verizon cell phone minutes,” reports Wired.

Opponents feel that the fairest thing that can happen is to let market regulate itself based on competition and consumer preferences. According to an article in Forbes by 'techie' Josh Steimle, ending net neutrality legislation will promote competition, freedom and keep the government out of the internet.

Source: HuffPost, Daily Mail
Photo: Wikipedia, Twitter

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