The Internet Bullied George Lucas Away From Star Wars


george lucasWe now know why George Lucas decided to step away from Star Wars, and it’s due to all the hate he’s received over the last sixteen years from idiots who thought they could make a better Star Wars movie than its creator.

In a piece in Vanity Fair, George Lucas explained the criticism is why he stopped making Star Wars movies:

“You go to make a movie and all you do is get criticized,” is how George explains why he stepped away from the world-famous franchise he created. “And it’s not much fun. You can’t experiment.”

Basically the haters bullied George Lucas away from his creation because they were cry-babies who didn’t get what they wanted.

People like Simon Pegg who compared the Prequels to George Lucas committing infanticide, or that Red Letter Media video everyone thinks they’re so smart to like. Thankfully those attitudes are starting to be mocked online, and mindlessly bashing the Prequels on the internet won’t earn you the “internet cool” kudos you think it will anymore.

A recent example is this great article from the AV Club. Now, the internet “snobs” who think they’re so intellectual for bashing the Prequels used to love the AV Club and thought it made them “smarter” for reading it, but now their sacred internet cow has turned on them with an article that calls them out:

“Weirder still, some fans seem more wrapped up in the Red Letter Media reviews than the movies themselves. The first trilogy has its own set of imperfections, small missteps, awkward lines, and creatures that serve no direct story purpose. But for a lot of fans, most of that stuff, give or take a pile of Ewoks, has been assimilated into a general appreciation; to a devoted fan, the first trilogy’s limitations can seem almost indistinguishable from its delights. The prequel trilogy’s similar mixture of the fantastic, the goofy, and the mundane has obviously not generated a similar affection—and in absence of Star Wars doing what they wanted, some fans banded together around a piece of criticism, trading memes, jokes, and references to those videos rather than the text itself.

As a critic, this is certainly tantalizing: Imagine, fans who quote reviews more readily than the movies they’re covering! As someone who loves movies, though, it’s terribly depressing to think of Star Wars fans who derive more joy from repeating “it’s so dense” and smug Screenwriting 101 bromides about Phantom Menace lacking a main character than actually, you know, watching Star Wars movies.”

And if that cataclysmic betrayal isn’t bad enough for those who live off bashing Lucas and the Prequels, just imagine the breakdown these people will go through when a young director who grew up loving the Prequels ends up directing a Star Wars movie in a few years…