Star Wars’ Mark Hamill to Ted Cruz: Did You Get My Name Wrong Because You Were ‘Distracted From Watching Porn Again?’

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Ted Cruz got into a Twitter battle with Luke Skywalker on Sunday. Aaron P. Bernstein/Reuters

The actor who plays Luke Skywalker in the Star Wars film series, Mark Hamill, accused Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) of using the wrong Twitter handle in a tweet to him about net neutrality because he was “distracted from watching porn again,” in a colorful exchange with the Family Values Republican on Sunday.

The taunting began on Saturday when The Last Jedi star tweeted a response to Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Ajit Pai’s video in which he uses Star Wars to defend the FCC’s repeal of net neutrality rules.

“Cute video Ajit 'Aren't I Precious?' Pai -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 John Williams his royalty? @AjitPaiFCCorpShill #AJediYouAreNOT,” Hamill wrote.

Then on Sunday, Cruz tweeted a response to the jab at Twitter user @HammillHimself instead of the Star Wars actor, whose handle is @HamillHimself with one “m” in Hamill.

“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!” he wrote.

Hamill didn’t waste any time bringing up the Texas politician’s history of other Twitter faux pas, teasing him about liking a post by a porn account @SexuallPosts in September.

“Thanks for smarm-spaining it to me @tedcruz 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 -mh.”

At the time, Cruz claimed he never liked the pornographic clip and blamed it on a staffer.

The former presidential candidate replied that he was "so sorry" to mispell Hamill's name and amended his original tweet to tag the correct Twitter handle. He then went on to quote Star Wars' Yoda, asking "Who was it that said, 'Fear is the path to the dark side…fear leads to anger…anger leads to hate'?"

In a second tweet, Cruz asserted, "rather than insults, try civil discussion of facts," before rattling off two "facts" he said evidenced how net neutrality is "really bad for freedom." 

Cruz has been a staunch supporter of repealing net neutrality, which would mandate that internet providers treat all internet traffic equally, though it could spell disaster for the internet porn industry. Officials at pornographic websites have been strongly opposed to the move, with industry heads charging that net neutrality is an important guard against making their content difficult to access. 

On Thursday, the FCC voted 3-2 to repeal the Obama-era rules.