Disney Exec. Bob Iger Hilariously Responds to Elon Musk’s ‘Star Wars’ Meme

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When you think of two people who would be commenting on one another’s social media posts, Walt Disney Company Executive Chairman Bob Iger and Tesla and SpaceX founder Elon Musk might not immediately come to mind.

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And, yet, Iger — who also served as Disney CEO for 15 years, until current Walt Disney Company CEO Bob Chapek took over just before the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020 — recently hilariously responded to a Star Wars meme that Musk shared on his Twitter account.

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The meme featured a baby stormtrooper running to its parent and being lifted in the air, Simba-style. The caption on the graphic reads:

The side of Stormtroopers that the Rebels don’t want you to see

Iger, clearly amused, replied, “Good one, Elon!”

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Musk answered Iger, noting that he is enjoying watching Dave Filoni’s latest animated series, Star Wars: The Clone Wars spinoff Star Wars: The Bad Batch, on the Disney+ streaming platform — although we’re not sure his little one with singer Grimes, 1-year-old X, can fully grasp the intricacies of the post-Order 66 Star Wars galaxy just yet:

Am watching Star Wars: Bad Batch with lil baby X. Waiting for Season 2!

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While Musk is a known Star Wars fan — a Grogu (AKA “Baby Yoda”) toy once even stowed away on a SpaceX mission — Iger’s connection to the Star Wars franchise is, of course, even stronger. He was the sitting Disney CEO in 2012 when the company purchased Lucasfilm, Ltd. from George Lucas for $4 billion.

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Furthermore, he was at the helm of the company throughout the entire sequel trilogy era.

Episode VII – The Force Awakens (2015), Episode VIII – The Last Jedi (2017), and the Skywalker Saga conclusion, Episode IX – The Rise of Skwyalker (2019) may have divided fans, but they played a huge role in Disney Parks Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge land, which Guests can visit at both Disneyland Resort’s Disneyland Park and Walt Disney World Resort’s Disney’s Hollywood Studios Park.

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Iger, who is set to leave his post as Disney Executive Chairman at the end of 2021, recently told Deadline:

“I am excited about life after Disney. I felt very strongly in moving on, and just seeing what was on the other side. It had nothing to do with being tired. It had nothing to do with frustration.”

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