Ukrainian App Features Mark Hamill Saying 'May The Force Be With You' To Warn About Air Raids. Yes, Really.
This, my friends, is not satire. It is 100% real.
Apparently, developers in Ukraine built an air raid alert app that works faster than the old fashioned sirens. I guess they had time to, since the war's been going on for over a year. But for the English-language version of the alert, they got Mark Hamill, the voice of Luke Skywalker.
In the alert, Hamill says, "Attention, air raid alert. Proceed to the nearest shelter. Don't be careless. Your overconfidence is your weakness."
It concludes with, "The air raid alert is over. May the force be with you."
\u201cSo, developers in Ukraine built an air raid alert app that\u2019s faster than the traditional sirens. They got Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker) to voice the English-language version. It\u2019s been downloaded more than 11 million times. https://t.co/26g0faoeTZ\u201d— Britton Williams (@Britton Williams) 1673490188
Remember that this is a very, very serious war and we need to send billions and billions of dollars to Ukraine to keep it funded.
Ukrainians can also have it set in their native language, of course. And that version isn't Luke Skywalker. But Ukrainians apparently love the Hamill version. Twenty-four-year old Bohdan Zvonyk told Associated Press he chose the Hamill version because he loves Star Wars and wants to improve his English: "Besides, we could use a little bit of the power that Hamill wishes us.”
Ajax Systems, co-developer of the app, wants people outside of Ukraine to also download it to "get a taste of the angst heaped on Ukrainians by nerve-shredding alarms and airborne death and destruction." And totally not because it's their app they stand to profit off of. No, it's definitely all about the plight of the Ukrainians.
The app has reportedly been downloaded more than 14 million times, so Hamill's voice seems to be a huge success. If it brings some joy to the Ukrainian people, great. They've got enough on their plates as is, so anything that can help lighten their struggle is a good thing in my book. Even if it I initially couldn't believe it wasn't satire.
Lily is a Zoomer college dropout who somehow landed a writing gig here at LwC.com. In her spare time, she enjoys going for runs, touching grass, and occasionally tweeting tweets for fellow tweeters.
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