Friday, January 1, 2016

And It Begins: First 2016 Apology Tour Member: George Lucas

George Lucas

For those keeping score of how people say things and then feel forced to apologize, day one of 2016 begins with an apology from George Lucas:

George Lucas has apologized for comments he made regarding the new Star Wars franchise following a Charlie Rose interview where the series creator admitted he wasn't a fan of the record-breaking The Force Awakens' "retro" approach and likened Disney to "white slavers."

 "I misspoke and used a very inappropriate analogy and for that I apologize," Lucas said in a statement.

"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 CEO] Bob Iger's leadership. Disney is doing an incredible job of taking care of and expanding the franchise. 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. Most of all I'm blown away with the record breaking blockbuster success of the new movie and am very proud of J.J. [Abrams, The Force Awakens director] and Kathy [Kennedy, Lucasfilm president and Star Wars brand manager]."

SOURCE: Rolling Stone