What are Star Trek and Star Wars jokes? Vice President Mike Pence announced on Friday that members of the Space Force will henceforth be known as “Guardians”. As expected, it drew a lot of criticism on social media and sparked a series of funny tweets. “Sailors, soldiers, airmen, Marines and Guardians will defend our nation for generations to come,” Pence said during a White House ceremony honoring his first birthday Dec. 20.
“From the earliest days of our administration, President @realDonaldTrump has called for American leadership in space and for the first time in over 70 years a new branch of the armed forces has been added,” he wrote. on Twitter, adding, “It was I have the honor to announce today that the men and women of the Space Force will be known as GUARDIANS! #SemperSupra.
Why was the name Guardians chosen?
Shedding light on how the new name was finalized, a tweet from the United States Space Force read, “Today, after a year-long process that produced hundreds of submissions and research involving space professionals space and members of the general public, we can finally share with you the name by which we will be known: Guardians.
The team then added: “The opportunity to name a force is a critical responsibility. Guardians is a name with a long history in space operations, dating back to Air Force Space Command’s original command motto in 1983, Guardians of the High Frontier. The tweet also said: “The Guardians name connects our proud heritage and culture to the important mission we perform 24/7, protecting the people and interests of the United States and its allies. ”
The ability to name a force is a critical responsibility. Guardians is a name with a long history in space operations, dating back to Air Force Space Command’s original command motto in 1983, “Guardians of the High Frontier”.
– United States Space Force (@SpaceForceDoD) December 18, 2020
In July, the Space Force logo and motto were announced, which read: “semper supra” or “always above”. The Force Seal was revealed by President Trump in January – and observers at the time noted a strong resemblance to Star Trek’s Star Fleet symbol. Trump officially launched the Sixth Branch of the military in December 2019.
Who are the Guardians?
The official website reads: “The US Space Force (USSF) is a new branch of the armed forces. It was created on December 20, 2019, with the enactment of the National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal year 2020 and will be implemented over the next 18 months. The USSF was established within the Department of the Air Force, meaning the Secretary of the Air Force has overall responsibility for the USSF, under the direction and direction of the Secretary to the defense. Additionally, a four-star general known as the Chief of Space Operations (CSO) is the senior military member of the USSF.
He further explains, “The Chief of Space Operations, US Space Force, is the principal uniformed advisor to the Secretary of the Air Force on Space Force activities. The CSO chairs the Office of the Chief of Space Operations, conveys plans and recommendations to the Secretary of the Air Force, and acts as the Secretary’s agent in their execution.
Is it similar to Star Fleet from Star Trek?
“So now Trump’s Space Force has stolen its logo from Star Trek and its naming conventions from Guardians of the Galaxy,” read a tweet from Palmer Report. In January, a few similar tweets had surfaced online. One wrote, “Can I copy your homework? Yes, of course, just change it so that it is no longer the same. Another added: “NASA inspires Star Trek inspires Space Force.”
So now Trump’s Space Force has stolen its logo from Star Trek and its naming conventions from Guardians of the Galaxy.
— Palmer Report (@PalmerReport) December 18, 2020
Is the logo really stolen? The similarities are not subtle and people are not silent. “Not a fucking original idea. Flag is a Star Trek rip off, now Guardians. Oops they forgot to use Star Fleet. They have Storm Troopers though. Jeez,” one tweet read. Another Twitter user posted, “God I didn’t realize they stole the Star Fleet badge too. @Disney they broke Guardians of the Galaxy @netflix you know what they did @CBS they violated Star Trek.
One tweet read: “Plagiarizing the Star Fleet logo? Guardians? Is there any aspect of ‘Space Force’ that isn’t a complete joke? People are starving and getting kicked out, and we’re still putting a budget for it? Seriously, @JoeBiden needs to put this on his list shitty Trump to undo.” Another said: “OMG. Guardians. From the Galaxy. I sense a copyright issue coming up. And @VP, when will you voice your concern for COVID deaths? Instead, you play with toy space explorers. Why not Star Fleet? You already have their logo.
Not a fucking original idea. The flag is a Star Trek, now Guardians rip-off. Oops, they forgot to use Star Fleet. They do, however, have Storm Troopers. Shit. https://t.co/z9nksLfkof
— Covfefe “THE GUARDIAN OF THE GALAXY” LePew (@RinzenLhamo) December 19, 2020
Plagiarize the Star Fleet logo? “Guardians”? Is there any aspect of “Space Force” that isn’t a complete joke?🙄😒
People are starving and being evicted, and we’re still spending a budget on that? Seriously, @JoeBiden must put this on his list of Trump stuff to undo.
— littlehobbit13 (@littlehobbit13) December 19, 2020
OH MY GOD. Guardians. From the Galaxy. I sense a copyright issue coming up. And @VP , when will you express concern about COVID deaths? Instead, you play with toy space explorers. Why not Star Fleet? You already have their logo. https://t.co/dvkPGAc8Ps
— joanbres (@joanbres) December 19, 2020
What do people think?
The name quickly drew a lot of criticism on social media. For starters, ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ writer-director James Gunn isn’t too happy with the decision. Reacting to the news, Gunn wrote: ‘Can we sue this jerk? ‘Guardians Volume 2’ star Pom Klementieff (who plays Mantis) replied: “Maybe I can get them all to sleep?” Gunn remarked, “Maybe for a year or something please.”
Maybe for a year or something please. Thank you.
—James Gunn (@JamesGunn) December 19, 2020
Not just them, thousands of people rallied against the decision. “I’m all for a Space Force if we use it to launch every fucking member of this criminal administration straight into the sun,” one said and another posted: “What if we disband SPACE FORCE the second Joe Biden takes office and uses the stimulus check savings for every American?” A third wrote: “Serious question, how hard would it be to defeat Space Force? so much that and I don’t want it to be real.
“Can Biden get rid of Space Force, like disavow it entirely? one said and another posted: “Yeah and find out what this is for as a cover cause I don’t believe they mean to have real ‘space force’ but the money is going somewhere.”
I’m all for a Space Force if we use it to launch all the fucking members of this criminal administration straight into the sun.
— Jeff Tiedrich (@itsJeffTiedrich) May 15, 2020
How about disbanding the Space FoRcE the second Joe Biden takes office and using the savings from stimulus checks for every American?
— Brian Tyler Cohen (@briantylercohen) December 19, 2020
Serious question, how hard would it be to defeat the Space Force? I hate it so much and I don’t want it to be real.
— Hank Green (@hankgreen) December 19, 2020
Yes, and find out what this is for as a cover, because I don’t believe they want to have real “space force”, but the money is going somewhere.
— Holly (@Fiachat114) December 18, 2020
Conclusion and comparisons
Here is the Guardians logo:
And here is the Star Fleet logo:
Put on your thinking cap and decide!