Star Wars creator George Lucas, sat down with CBS News’ Charlie Rose for a nearly hour-long interview and had some highly inflammatory things to say about the company he sold Lucasfilm to — Disney…
Charlie Rose is known for being able to get the absolute best, and worst out of the people he interviews. And, with George Lucas — who recently sat down with Rose — he got a bit of both. Here’s a segment of the interview from Hulu.
So let’s get what is probably the most inflammatory thing George Lucas could have possibly said about Disney, out of the way:
"“I sold them to the white slavers…”"
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Honestly, I don’t even know where to go from there…just, wow. He did end that comment with a bit of a laugh, but I’m not sure if he was laughing at Charlie Rose’s off-screen reaction, or if he instantly realized what he said and knew he had just firmly stuck his boot in his mouth. You don’t call the company that you willingly sold your legacy to, “white slavers.”
Lucas had plenty more to say, including some skewed relationship advice, which he turned into a sort of teaching lesson on how to treat your ex, after a breakup. This was all very clumsy. He even comments on Star Wars: The Force Awakens:
"“They wanted to do a retro movie. I don’t like that. Every movie, I work very hard to make them completely different, with different planets, with different spaceships, make it new.”"
Not to bash the Maker, but George does realize that the Prequel Trilogy is universally despised, right? As a fan of the prequels, and as a staunch and diehard Star Wars fan, even I recognize there are some serious problems with Episodes I – III.
I take serious umbrage with Lucas’ comments here, and certainly do not think Disney has earned such vitriolic and hateful words used to describe the company, like “white slavers.” After the massive success of The Force Awakens, and with the incredibly, wildly popular Marvel Star Wars Comics roll-out in 2015, Lucas should be grateful that his legacy is finally secure and in good hands.
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(Update: Lucas has issued an apology for his statement.)