George Lucas threw his sublight drive into reverse only a day after making highly controversial remarks around the release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
Aside from trashing the direction the films took, which many nerds took umbrage to, Lucas then went on a bizarre tangent, likening Star Wars to his kids and saying his sale to Disney was like ‘selling to white slavers’. Says the enormously successful white man who sold the rights to all his creations for $4 billion. Someone snagged the clip from the Charlie Rose show below.
Aside from his, let’s say incredible lack of judgement in using a slavery analogy for a film franchise, Lucas also talked trash about the film itself and the direction Disney and director JJ Abrams were taking it. He didn’t like the ‘retro’ feel of the new film and said Disney didn’t really want him involved.
A day later, Lucas released a statement saying that he was ‘thrilled’ with the direction Disney and Abrams had taken the film. He also apologized for the terrible analogy.
I misspoke and used a very inappropriate analogy and for that I apologize. I have been working with Disney for 40 years and chose them as the custodians of Star Wars because of my great respect for the company and Bob Iger’s leadership. Disney is doing an incredible job of taking care of and expanding the franchise. I rarely go out with statements to clarify my feelings but I feel it is important to make it clear that I am thrilled that Disney has the franchise and is moving it in such exciting directions in film, television and the parks.
So, Lucas says it’s in good hands and that he’s not involved in the new films. Disney doesn’t want him involved in the new films. Fans don’t want him involved in the new films. He clearly will just stick his foot straight down his mouth and is completely out of touch. Can we please stop asking him for his opinion on Star Wars from now on? I feel like he lost that right somewhere between the prequels and tactless slavery analogies.