GEORGE LUCAS HAS SAID IT
The most obvious evidence in the case of Nerds vs. Lucasfilm is that George Lucas has said that he dislikes the attitude of much of the Star Wars fanbase. It’s true that fans of Star Wars can be incredibly intense and say some pretty ridiculous things, but that’s true of any nerd-based cluster. After many years of being dragged over the coals by fans who were justifiably disappointed in goofy the Prequel Trilogy, Lucas hung up his directorial lightsaber for good, which may not be a bad thing. Art invites criticism, and George just couldn’t handle it.
DVD, OR NOT DVD?
It’s not easy to get a copy of the original, uncut, unedited Star Wars trilogy, and for a long time, fans would have to hunt down a VHS or Laserdisc copy if they wanted the true theatrical experience. Lucas had declared that the unedited original films would never show up on DVD, and fans would have to settle for viewing them on obsolete media formats…until, of course, the original versions were released on DVD after all—except they were just transfers from the old low-quality Laserdiscs. Releasing the Original Trilogy on DVD or Blu-ray and making it easy to find would be like printing money, but Lucasfilm refuses to relent for artistic, moronic reasons.
SCREW YOU, EU
FREE THE GOLD BIKINI
In addition to scrapping all auxiliary Star Wars materials, Lucasfilm has also declared that the era of Leia’s gold bikini is over. The iconic outfit, worn by Leia while captured in Jabba’s palace, will apparently no longer appear in any official Lucasfilm merchandise. Carrie Fisher, who once tweeted her support of her own bikini-clad action figure, recently tweeted again in support of eliminating all bikinis from all future Star Wars productions. The context of the original outfit is debatable, but it’s a vital part of Star Warscanon, as well as part of Leia’s excellent character development. To declare it dead is just as bad as saying that Greedo shot first.
THE INCOMPLETE CANTINA
Yeah, we know, the prequels sucked. Really, really bad. Like, levels of suck heretofore unseen by human eyes, despite the fact that we as a species faced the bubonic plague. George Lucas created the original Star Wars to be a tale of a hero’s journey, earning millions of fans in the process. But when he made his prequels, he made them for kids, because kids are little cash registers that never run out of their parents’ money. Lucasfilm sold its soul for Yoda-shaped bubble bath bottles, and Star Wars fans were left to rot while George blew his nose on the original Chewbacca costume.
THEY JUST GAVE UP
8 THINGS THAT ARE PROOF THAT LUCASFILM HATES ITS FANS