Caston, I was not trying to say that George is infallible and never made mistakes. I’m well aware of the fact that sometimes he lied and made bad decisions. In fact, I agree with what you said about George lying about the EU and mistreating the EU authors and the EU fans. I also agree with you about the fact that he lied when he said that Star Wars was always supposed to be about Anakin. All I was trying to say is that I vastly prefer George over Disney, and that it’s not George’s fault if Star Wars is bad today.
George erasing the contribution of Marcia Lucas and others in Star Wars?
I don’t remember George ever denying that Marcia had a great role in the development of the Original Trilogy. I think that all he wanted to erase was the notion that the Original Trilogy was good despite of him, and not because of him. Especially because there are some people (I’m not talking about you specifically) that seem to think that the Original Trilogy was good exclusively because of Marcia. I think that George’s intent was not trying to erase the contributions of Marcia and others to the Original Trilogy, but simply making it clear that he always was the head of the editing process, and that if the Original Trilogy ended up like we know it today was ultimately because of him, since he always had to approve everything before it was done.
George creating the Special Edition and then attempting to erase the unaltered cuts of the OT?
George attempting to erase the original cuts of the Original Trilogy? Sure, that’s something I don’t like either, and I obviously criticize George for that. But creating Special Editions was a legit decision, especially because there were some things that absolutely needed to be changed (for example, Palpatine’s appearance in Empire Strikes Back). The fact that George added changes to the original movies is not bad per se. What’s bad is the fact that he always changed his mind all the time, was not able to agree with himself about the definitive changes he wanted to introduce to the movies, and tried to erase the original versions. But other than that, I don’t think that creating Special Editions was a bad idea in itself, as well as declaring the Special Editions as the Canon version of the movies.
For some reason you appear to have completely skipped over or ignored Minch’s above points?
It’s not that I skipped those points, it’s just that I was not arguing against the idea that George made bad decisions and sometimes lied, so I didn’t need to talk about that. My point was completely different.
He accused some fans of making up claims the films had racist stereotypes in TPM because they simply didn’t like Jar Jar? Or something along those lines? I’d have to look it up to be sure, so I could be likely wrong on that.
George is on record saying he wants his things his own way and doesn’t really care what the fans think. Something about throwing rocks at him, so he will do it his way or something? There are interviews and articles that appear in threads on here where George is being a prick to fans with his choices, decisions and reasoning. He seems to have got more prickly, to appearing to have had some sort of character change around the time of the SE’s and PT. Those OT Index and TCvsSE Index threads on here have a lot of the articles, quotes and interviews, if you’re interested.
What does this have to do with what I said before? I simply said that George has never accused the fans who didn’t like the Prequel Trilogy of being the reason of why he decided to sell Star Wars, and what you just said does not disprove my thesis. I’m not saying that George didn’t criticize the fans that didn’t like the Prequels, I’m simply saying that he didn’t say that they were the reason of why he decided to sell Star Wars. That’s it.
Disney calls anyone who doesn’t appreciate the Sequel Trilogy a “fake fan”, a “racist”, or a “sexist”? You’re obviously being hyperbolic with that claim. They’ve called out the racism, sexism, and some disingenuous fan views? (for money or subscribers?) for when they saw it that at the time. Good for them.
I know that some Disney employees accused everyone who doesn’t like the Sequel Trilogy and Rey’s character to be a sexist. I have seen some screenshots along those lines with some Disney-owned Lucasfilm employees talking that way in regards to the fans. Not to mention, Pablo Hidalgo often bullied and mocked EU fans in the past years, especially on Twitter. All I was trying to say is that this kind of stuff didn’t happen when Lucasfilm was still in control of George. Because let’s be honest guys, George’s harshest criticism of the fans who didn’t like the Prequel Trilogy was that they didn’t understand the movies. That’s all. But he never openly mocked them, and never denied the fact that they were true fans with the right to enjoy what they want.
If you want to see George’s “intellectually honesty” give Minch’s post another read, then that “GL Unreliable Narrator and Time Travelling Revisionist” thread and the OT Index a read, also. He may be more honest than Disney? But still, a low bar.
Yeah… No. What you said here has no relevance to my point, because I was not talking about George’s intellectual honesty in general, I was simply talking about his intellectual honesty in regards to the fans who didn’t like the Prequels.