Prowse has cleared his block list on Twitter:
Not James Earl Jones, not Bob Anderson, but the guy who’s job was to stand around in the Vader suit and point. David Prowse’s Twitter account went on an epic blocking spree last night on Twitter and it’s become quite the hilarious drama.
This whole craziness began back in April when there was a conversation on Twitter about why Prowse is banned for life from all official Lucasfilm functions, including fan conventions. Some on Twitter believed it was due to a 1979 newspaper article where he appeared to spoil The Empire Strikes Back. That’s really not what caused it as that article didn’t really come to light until modern times as there wasn’t the internet back in 1979 and it was a small local paper it happened in. People believed that since Prowse was banned for life for spoiling The Empire Strikes Back, Jason Ward of MakingStarWars.net should be banned for spoiling The Force Awakens.
I responded by referencing this June 17, 2010 article in the UK’s Telegraph that discusses his ban for “annoying” George Lucas. It cites an earlier story from 2009 (that originated in the Times of London and then went viral) about how Prowse was attempting to get some money from Lucasfilm because he claimed Return of the Jedi didn’t make a profit. That’s something that would annoy George Lucas more than a comment in a small local paper no one even saw until thirty years after the movie came out.
To be clear, I never followed Prowse myself. I really never saw the point as I wasn’t ever interested in the guy. When you think of Vader you think of James Earl Jones’ voice or Bob Anderson dueling Luke Skywalker in those memorable lightsaber duels. Prowse just stood around and pointed, kind of like a mannequin. So I didn’t even know what happened until he went and blocked Jason Ward of MakingStarWars.net just because I hang out on Now, This is Podcasting! from time to time.
Since I didn’t follow him, and he obviously didn’t follow me, one of his worshippers obviously took the Tweets about the Telegraph article to him like “Lord Vader, look what this mean person is saying about your greatness! Force choke him my master!”.
That was back in April right before Star Wars Celebration, and we kind of laughed it off as Prowse being thin-skinned.
But then the “Prowse-gate” or “Prowsepocalypse” happened yesterday where whoever runs Prowse’s Twitter went to the “About Page” on MakingStarWars.net, and blocked everyone remotely connected to the site.
While no one is 100% sure why his account did that, some suspect it could be due to Now, This is Podcasting! Episode 91 where podcast personality “Johnny Grasso” went off on an epic roasting of Prowse following the drama back in April. That episode was recorded and released during D23 in August, and when I heard that rant I expected retaliation from Prowse’s Twitter almost immediately…but it didn’t happen until yesterday.
A couple people blocked in this mass-culling believe it could be due to some of them making fun of some kind of documentary Prowse is making about the “true” voice of Darth Vader. For those who are unfamiliar with the making of Star Wars, this is what Vader sounded like before James Earl Jones gave is memorable performance, and I assume his documentary is about this:
Prowse even blocked the deputy editor at Mashable, who had this awesome response:
Fear leads to anger. Anger leads to hate. Hate leads to blocking everyone on Twitter. #StarWars
— Chris Taylor (@FutureBoy) October 1, 2015
Someone who wasn’t blocked by Prowse’s Twitter account last night asked him about these rumors about blocking, and whoever runs the account called everyone he blocked last night “Stupid”.
There are rumors that his son runs his Twitter account, but he’s just alienating potential fans and soiling whatever “good” name Prowse may have had after the years of Star Wars drama with Lucasfilm and $50 “Is Darth Vader!” autographs.