There are two types of people in this world. The ones who think Han Solo shot first, and the ones who don’t. If this reference is lost on you, don’t worry, because “Jeopardy!” legend Ken Jennings shared his own Star Wars/Han Solo reference on Twitter. And there is plenty of explanation to come.
On May 4—the holiest of days for all the diehard Star Wars fans out there—people everywhere take to social media to make their own clever references and to ask that “the fourth be with you.” For instance, one of our favorite game show contestants and Twitter personalities, Ken Jennings, took part.
A Little Bit of Background for the ‘Jeopardy!’ Legend’s Tweet
For those who are still confused, May 4 has been informally dubbed “Star Wars Day.” Why? Because of a classic phrase from the franchise. In the movies, there is an existential power called the “Force.” In the words of the character Obi Wan-Kenobi, the force is “an energy field created by all living things. It surrounds us and penetrates us; it binds the galaxy together.”
The Jedi, among others, are able to tap into this Force. As a result, a popular saying in the movies became “May the Force be with you.” For reasons you can probably guess, the phrase is a natural fit for the fourth of May. For example, “May the fourth be with you” rolls off the tongue perfectly and has given the date significance to Star Wars fans everywhere.
Now, back to Ken Jennings. In his tweet, he suggests that the relatively uncreative name for May 4, “Star Wars Day,” be changed to “Han-ukkah.”
He makes reference, of course, to legendary space outlaw Han Solo. Han was a smuggler who joined the rebel cause of Luke Skywalker to fight against the Empire. As a fan-favorite character, Han’s name could definitely represent Star Wars in the titling of its commemorative day. The “Jeopardy!” star’s reference adds an air of formality to the day, however, by crossing it with an actual religious holiday. After all, Star Wars is practically a religion to some already.
Ken Jenning’s Followers Chime In
Because of the subject matter, Ken Jennings’ fans wasted no time in offering their own clever responses to the tweet.
This Twitter user fired back with a fun play on words of his own. Even going so far as to use the other half of Han Solo’s name.
Another made reference to Han’s faithful Wookie companion, Chewbacca.