Darth Vader Denied Vote in Ukrainian Parliamentary Election

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Welcome to the dark side… of politics.

Viktor Shevchenko, a former electrician - turned sith lord - turned political candidate, was not allowed to vote in Ukraine's parliamentary election on Sunday, due to the fact that he refused to remove his helmet.

Schevchenko, who legally changed his name to Darth Vader prior to the elections, said he "would die if he took his helmet off," according to ABC News.

He arrived at the polling station standing atop a large black van blasting the Imperial March.

Vader was running in the Ukraine's Internet Party, with promises to turn the Ukraine into a "galactic empire" and build a military space station "that will protect the whole territory of Ukraine."

The Dark Lord is Running for President of Ukraine

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Radio Svoboda reports that Vader already holds a position as chairman of the Internet Party of Ukraine, first established in 2007, and has filed the necessary paperwork with the country's Central Election Commission to appear on the ballot in a special election to be held on May 25. He's also made the required and hefty financial deposit of 2.5 million Ukrainian hryvnia ($225,225), which suggests this is more than an irreverent prank.

What do you think about all of this? A full on prank?

Fan Art of the Day: Crystallized Darth Vader

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Fan Art of the Day: Crystallized Darth Vader View Fullscreen
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Croatian GIF artist Paolo Čerić created this pulsing, crystallized mosaic of Darth Vader's helmet.

You Saw This Coming of the Day

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In celebrating the latest addition to its already legendary line-up, Disneyland presents a timely promotional video starring Darth Vader.



You Saw This Coming of the Day is a feature series following the latest news in current events that have been on the ticking clock, as well as news and social media commentaries that are predictable or cyclical in nature.

Empire Strikes Back Reaction Video of the Day

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Proof that classic Star Wars can still capture the imagination of today's youngsters, and that the biggest spoiler of the last 30 years can remain intact for the very few. It's about to blow these kids' minds.

Well done, geek parents!

Supercut of the Day

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Supercut of the Day: In honor of Darth Vader's now-iconic interjection from the newly revised Return of the Jedi, Screened has compiled a supercut of 19 other big and small screen characters expressing their emphatic disapproval.

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Darth Bieber of the Day

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Darth Bieber of the Day: Earlier this week, Gayle King asked James Earl Jones of Darth Vader/CNN voiceover fame to recite the lyrics to "Baby" by Justin Bieber. It took far too long for someone to run the audio over footage from Star Wars, but, happily, someone finally did.

[@bonniegrrl.]