Tags: George Lucas, john stewart, new york times, oprah winfrey, The Daily Show
I wouldn’t categorize George Lucas as everywhere these days. That’s only because he doesn’t have to do what everyone else does to promote a new movie. His stature can garner him some heavy hitters: The New York Times and Oprah Winfrey — not to mention John Stewart’s The Daily Show, and that’s exactly what he did to put out the word about his new movie, Red Tails. And he didn’t get wasted on a column or a single sound bite. In a time when newspapers are either getting internet savvy or dying, The New York Times online posted a 6 page article.
While most scooped up the news of Lucas’s retirement (which is in the “not quite” category; he’s done with blockbusters), only a few managed to notice something that people in Star Wars land know all too well: fanboy flaming. It’s one thing to have legitimate criticism and voice it like a mature individual. After all, there are very few projects met with universal approval. In Star Wars land, there’s a vocal segment of fandom that can be downright nasty, posting diatribes of vitriol against George Lucas. Ah, how the anonymity of the internet emboldens. They’ve even earned their own name: Lucas Bashers. They also prompted Katie Lucas to tweet a long message to them last May 4th (Star Wars fandom’s holy day) blasting them for their attitudes. She has a point; they come across as very self-entitled and lacking in basic manners. For some reason, they also suffer under the delusion that Lucas doesn’t know what’s going on in his own fandom. Not so. Lucas is very aware and in The New York Times piece he had a couple of things to say to his bashers. Continue Reading Lucas, Fanboys, Red Tails, and the Studios…
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