Disney is trying to pretend like the OUT doesn’t even exist. George didn’t gaslight us like that. He totally acknowledged it and was merely upfront in admitting that his new cuts were the real deal as far as he was concerned, and didn’t really care that many fans fell in love with the original cuts. But again, STILL he released the GOUT.
People try to argue this point all the time, but I personally don’t see how Disney has handled this issue any differently than George ever did.
George Lucas OFTEN tried to pretend that there was no other version of the films other than whatever his preferred version was at the time. No home video release after 1997 ever acknowledged that they contained anything other than the original films on the packaging, and if he could have gotten away with people not noticing or questioning any of the changes he made over the years, He would have probably preferred that. He only ever acknowledged the original versions when he was forced to. After 1997, He never openly or and willingly talked about any of the changes and if it weren’t for fans and interviewers constantly bringing the subject up he probably would have never acknowledged them ever again. The GOUT was not something he wanted to do, and was released primarily to stifle the bootleg market.
I definitely don’t think Disney has done the greatest job of handling the franchise for sure, but to say that they are any better or worse than George isn’t really fair. Disney/Lucasfilm are doing the exact same crap George had already been doing for years, probably somehow because of him still. They know the OUT exists, they know people want it, but whatever the reason may be they simply have no interest or intent to release it and have made that pretty clear.