“Star Wars” creator George Lucas stirred up a hornet’s nest when he likened Disney to white slavers in a recent Charlie Rose interview. BET reports that Lucas, who reportedly sold the “Star Wars” franchise to Disney for $4 billion, later sent out a statement apologizing and clarifying his remarks.
Lucas reportedly told Rose: “These are my kids. All the Star Wars films. I love them, I created them, I’m very intimately involved in them. And I sold them to the white slavers that take these things.”
“Now, the 71-year-old filmmaker has released an official apology for the ‘very inappropriate analogy’ and went on to explain that, ‘I have been working with Disney for 40 years and chose them as the custodians of Star Wars because of my great respect for the company and [Disney chairman] Bob Iger’s leadership,'” BET reports.
The statement from Lucas also says: “I rarely go out with statements to clarify my feelings, but I feel it is important to make it clear that I am thrilled that Disney has the franchise and is moving it in such exciting directions in film, television, and the parks.”
Lucas also lauds the success of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” and the roles of director J.J. Abrams and producer Kathleen Kennedy.