It doesn’t matter if you are a die-hard Star Wars fan or not. You know what today is. That’s right. It’s May the Fourth, better known as Star Wars Day. It isn’t an official holiday. However, millions of people from all walks of life let their fandom flag fly on this day. It happens every year online as well as in the real world. You may even learn that people you know or look up to are fans of the iconic franchise today. For instance, did you know that Reba McEntire was a fan? Well, apparently, she is.
We have photographic proof that Reba McEntire sides with the Rebellion. In an Instagram post from earlier today, the country music icon is serving some serious Princess/General Leia vibes.
In the caption, Reba McEntire says, “Channeling my best Princess Leia,” before closing with the hashtag #maythe4thbewithyou
Reba McEntire Celebrates Star Wars Day. But, How Did It Start?
Star Wars Day falls on May 4th. It’s a play on the classic phrase from the franchise, “May the Force be with you.” That much is pretty obvious. However, what’s less obvious is how this worldwide celebration of Star Wars got started. Furthermore, how did it get so big that even icons like Reba McEntire are getting in on it? If those questions are causing a disturbance in your Force, don’t worry. We have you covered.
Actually, the “May the 4th be with you.” slogan started in an unlikely place, according to StarWars.Com. The first use of the phrase that, today, has Reba McEntire looking like the best version of Princess Leia was first a political ad. The U.K. Conservative Party took out an ad in the newspaper that read, “May the 4th Be With You, Maggie, Congratulations!” in 1979, to celebrate a general election win. This came two years after the first Star Wars movie hit theaters. At that time, Star Wars was the most popular movie in the British Isles. So, the party used the pun to congratulate Margaret Thatcher on being the first female Prime Minister as well as to tie the party to the film.
However, it took decades before the phrase moved from a political slogan to an unofficial holiday. The craze was fueled by media reports. Later, it spread through the internet like wildfire. After all, just about everyone likes at least one Star Wars movie. On top of that, there are plenty of great memes to share. So, like so many other things, internet users the world over took to this unofficial holiday and use it as a bright spot every year.
For those who don’t want to celebrate May the Fourth, there’s always tomorrow – Revenge of the Fifth.