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Disney disapproves of, but won’t sue over Amy Schumer’s Star Wars GQ cover shoot

Because it's a parody, Disney is unable to take legal action

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    Amy Schumer is on a roll lately. Besides her new film Trainwreck on track to be a solid success, the Emmy Award-nominated comedian is pissing off everyone from race-baiters to geeks. In the world of comedy, is there any greater sign of success?

    Her most recent controversy surrounds GQ cover story which featured a hard PG-13-rated Star Wars-themed photo shoot. The pictures saw Schumer in a series of raunchy, sexual situations with the likes of C3PO and R2-D2, as well as sillier things like her dressed as Princess Leia line dancing with some Storm Troopers. More than a few were aghast that Disney and Lucasfilm would allow their beloved characters to be used in such a child-unfriendly way, but the companies were quick to let the public know they were in no way involved in the shoot:

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    Variety reached out to a studio spokesperson to find out if there would be any legal action. The magazine was told that since the pictures are clearly a parody, they fall under fair use, leaving no real legal recourse available to the companies. Still, they reiterated that they had noting to do with Schumer diddling R2-D2’s doohickey.

    “It’s not surprising that GQ would want to capitalize on the cultural cachet of ‘Star Wars,’” the studio rep told Variety, “but Lucasfilm and Disney did not authorize, participate in or condone the inappropriate use of our characters in this manner.”

    To see the rest of the offending photographs, head over to GQ.

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