Nerds and normies (what nerds call socially functional people) alike are more than jazzed for the upcoming Star Wars: The Force Awakens premiere, which is only mere hours away from being seen in certain Montreal theatres.
No doubt scores of Star Wars fangirls/boys throughout the Greater Montreal area are prepping their costumes, ensuring their lightsaber replica is perfect, their Chewbacca mask fits perfectly, and their Storm Trooper getup won't make them suffocate.
But if you plan on attending the premiere of the 17th Star Wars film at a certain Montreal movie theatre chain, you might have to leave your epic getup at home.
Guzzo Cinemas, which is holding a special Thursday night screening of Star Wars: The Force Awakens at 8 Mega-Plex locations, is enforcing an outright ban on any attendee wearing costumes that include masks or weapons. So if you were planning on dressing up as Darth Vader, think again.
But why force such a rule on fans of The Force? Basically, CEO of Guzzo Cinemas, Vincent Guzzo, doesn't want a lawsuit on his hands.
Speaking to CBC, Guzzo, a self-proclaimed "party-pooper," stated that his "main concern is the anxiety it could cause if people were allowed to cover their faces."
He then went on to describe a rather silly scenario about "some guy with a Chewbacca mask who's not going to just walk in normally. He's going to pretend he's Chewbacca...he may yell every once in awhile and he's going to scare people."
Wait, so Guzzo's justification is a bunch of Star Wars fans being afraid of someone acting like Chewbacca, one of the most beloved characters of the franchise? Obviously he's being manipulated by some powerful Sith Lord, because that logic makes none of the sense.
Further commenting on his decision, Guzzo stated that "his customers are paying to see a movie, not attend a costume ball."
Except they are.
For die-hard Star Wars fans both young and old, the premiere of the Force Awakens is a celebration that far surpasses any other. Christmas can suck when compared to Star Wars. And an integral aspect of such an event (which is more then a simple "costume ball" to many) is the costumes.
Not being allowed to wear a Star Wars costume is like telling folks who love to attend Rocky Horror that dressing in drag isn't allowed. It simply detracts from the entire experience, nay, it's integral to the experience.
Guzzo did state that attendees are allowed to dress up, just as long as they don't wear a mask nor bring a prop that resembles a weapon, even fictional ones.
Now, I know that may sound reasonable, but a Star Wars costume without a mask, lightsaber, or laser gun pretty much does away with most of the desirable options, and by consequence ensures next to no one will get to wear the outfit they wanted.
Speaking as a Star Wars fan: not cool Guzzo.