Why Exactly Did George Lucas Sell Star Wars to Disney?

The Twitter account @SW_takes recently posted the following in regards to a question someone posed on Reddit thread at Saltier Than Crait with breathless salivation:






@SW_takes responded to that question with screen captures from a Vanity Fair article written by Bruce Handy:



The prequels made piles of money, but the griping about them rubbed him a bit raw. “It was fine before the Internet,” he told Bloomberg Businessweek following the Lucasfilm sale. “But now . . . it’s gotten very vicious and very personal. You just say, ‘Why do I need to do this?’ ” One could argue that billionaire movie moguls should have tougher hides, but most of them don’t have to deal with critiques such as “George Lucas raped my childhood,” which has become an unfortunate fanboy catchphrase. There is even a 2010 documentary on this subject, an essay in disenchantment and misplaced possessiveness titled The People vs. George Lucas.



SJWs are always in dire need of education and correction, so we’ll take the time here to do just that.


When we go to the Bloomberg Businessweek article which Vanity Fair quoted, we find the full context of the comment that George Lucas made:


Lucas released Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace in 1999. Combined, the three films in the second trilogy would gross $2.5 billion, but many fans thought they were a mess. They were particularly appalled by the bumbling Jar Jar Binks from the planet Naboo, a creature with an inexplicable Jamaican accent who became the butt of jokes on South Park and The Simpsons.


The criticism got to Lucas. He found it difficult to be creative when people were calling him a jerk. “It was fine before the Internet,” he says. “But now with the Internet, it’s gotten very vicious and very personal. You just say, ‘Why do I need to do this?’ ”



So as has been mentioned on this blog many times before, the source of the problem was the accusations of Jar Jar being a racist stereotype. And now it’s confirmed yet again.




So why did George Lucas sell Star Wars to Disney? Well, we can listen to clueless SJW activists with political agendas. Or we can listen to Star Wars writer J.W. Rinzler who worked directly with George Lucas for years.


At the 1:01:35 mark on the Force Material podcast, the host asked J.W. Rinzler the following question:

Towards the end of his time at Lucasfilm, he gave a quote to the NY Times, I’m sure you’ve seen before, they essentially asked him, like, do you want to make any more movies? And he said, “Why would I make any more, when everybody yells at you all of the time, and says what a terrible person you are?” Was your sense that he kind of resented the fandom, or at least a part of the fandom after the Prequels, and the response to the Prequels?


J.W. Rinzler responded:

The only time I ever really saw George get upset, was when he was telling me all of the problems he had with the Marin County Board of Supervisors and whether they would let him build stuff that he wanted to build. And I have to say I’m with him on that, because they could have had a really fantastic thing and they just completely blew it. And ultimately that was one of the reasons that he sold the company. And they had been causing him problems since 1978 or something.


Previously in the podcast, J.W. Rinzler mentions George Lucas’ mortality as another reason that he sold the company. Rinzler continued:

But fans, you know, when we were in the Clone Wars writing room, we would put on, he would request to put on YouTube, because someone had said, ‘oh, you gotta see this Star Wars parody that was on,’ and so we’d all, it would be projected on the big screen in the writer’s room, and he loved it. He would be laughing harder than anyone else. Which is kind of what led to that show, Star Wars Detours.

He has said to me that reviews and criticism does hurt. He’s only human. So yeah, that has to hurt him.



So again, the reviews and criticism hurts. But who is that coming from? For greater context, we can turn to this BBC article that SJWs avoid like the plague:


Star Wars creator George Lucas has defended his latest film The Phantom Menace against allegations of racism – and told BBC Two’s Newsnight he blames the Internet for helping to create such stories.

Criticism has been levelled at the movie – a prequel to the original Star Wars trilogy which started in 1977 – in the US, particularly over the character Jar Jar Binks.

Reviewers have attacked Binks’ Carribean accent – and have also complained about other supposed stereotypes in the film.

But Lucas hit back in an interview with Newsnight presenter Kirsty Wark – and blamed fans on the Internet who took an instant dislike to the new character.

He said: “Those criticisms are made by people who’ve obviously never met a Jamaican, because it’s definitely not Jamaican and if you were to say those lines in Jamaican they wouldn’t be anything like the way Jar Jar Binks says them.

“They’re basing a whole issue of racism on an accent, an accent that they don’t understand. Therefore if they don’t understand it, it must be bad.

“How in the world you could take an orange amphibian and say that he’s a Jamaican? It’s completely absurd. Believe me, Jar Jar was not drawn from a Jamaican, from any stretch of the imagination.”

He said the allegations said more about the people making the claims than they did about his film.

“There is a group of fans for the films that doesn’t like comic sidekicks. They want the films to be tough like Terminator, and they get very upset and opinionated about anything that has anything to do with being childlike.

“The movies are for children but they don’t want to admit that. In the first film they absolutely hated R2 and C3-PO. In the second film they didn’t like Yoda and in the third one they hated the Ewoks… and now Jar Jar is getting accused of the same thing.”

He believes the US media’s fascination with the Internet created the controversy.

“The American press uses the internet as their source for everything, so when people were creating Websites saying, ‘Let’s get rid of Jar Jar Binks, he’s terrible’ and some of the critics were describing him as a comic sidekick, they came in and they started calling the film racist.”

He added: “It started out as a way of just selling newspapers and then other people have sort of picked it up. But it really reflects more the racism of the people who are making the comments than it does the movie.”



So again, George’s gripe with the internet was that a few critical fans were being amplified by the media who accused him and Ahmed Best of being racist. And who were this small group of fans? Well, the individual who popularized the phase, “George Lucas raped my childhood” was Chris Waffle from the band The Hairy Nobs. Not an average fan.




Originally published here.


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