All hail Paul F. McDonald at The Star Wars Heresies for his post Lucas the Sell Out. A brilliant read that skewers one of the most ridiculous hateboy memes of the last forever: that Lucas has sold his soul to make a buck. A sample.
“If Lucas is the ultimate sell out, willing to do anything to make another quick buck and build up his fame and ego – personal vision and creativity be damned – then why doesn’t he immediately retract all the Special Edition changes? Why not make extra special super care that he doesn’t contradict any Expanded Universe continuity, thus making sure no one has more excuses to get mad at him, thus Lucas Books will sell more novels and he’ll make more money? If all he cares about is rolling around in beds full of cash while laughing maniacally, why isn’t he just farming Star Wars out to any hack director and collecting the box office receipts? Why aren’t we on Episode XXXIII: The Search For Luke’s Grandson or some such?”
Dead on. But Paul’s comment that really boils it down is this one.
“In short, if George Lucas would just bend over, grab his ankles, and quietly take it like a man whenever the fanboys barked a command, there wouldn’t be any problem. If he would simply make his Star Wars movies their way, if he would promptly respond “How high?” when they asked him to jump, he would be the most loved celebrity on the internet.”
Bingo. As I’ve said repeatedly, the reason Lucas drives hateboys cwazy is their mistaken belief in COLLECTIVE OWNERSHIP of Star Wars. These self-appointed real fans truly believe they are the rightful owners of Star Wars and must “protect” it from its creator. Kudos, Paul, for saying it better than I can!