George Lucas became the Emperor Palpatine of the Star Wars universe long ago, but many people still won’t admit it. I believe that a large segment of those in denial are people who allowed themselves to be Jedi mind tricked by his shots at George W. Bush while in attendance at Barack Obama fundraisers, and his willingness to fawn over the president during media appearances.
George Lucas is the kind of guy who wants you to believe he’s “one of the people,” the “99%” as they say. The truth is, George Lucas built an empire, and when he ran out of creative building blocks to expand it he mined his principles. And when his principles were gone he drilled deeper into his soul, and the brick and mortar of the Lucas Empire became shame. And when the shame ran out he burrowed even deeper and found that he had an endless supply of ego and hubris.
The result: Star Wars Kinect.
Yes, you saw that correctly. Han Solo dancing to the kind of Auto-Tune that may have actually come from the gates of Hell. I wouldn’t even mind, but George Lucas goes around bashing capitalists when he’s one of the most successful capitalists on the face of the planet! He’s the kind of guy who would lecture you on corporate responsibility, when the fact is he lost track of the mission statement and vision-thing long ago. It’s all about cash for George, and when a company becomes all about cash you know they’ve lost their way.
I respect George Lucas’s ability to make a buck, but I no longer respect him as an artist. As an artist, he’s more machine now…than man. A money-making machine.
George Lucas’s one saving grace is that he intends to donate half of his fortune to charity as part of The Giving Pledge. If he actually follows through, it would be something to be proud of, but then again it begs the question: For someone who claims to believe in the power of Big Government, why would he choose to donate to specific charities instead? The answer is quite simple. The world’s liberal millionaires and billionaires never just hand over extra wads of cash to the federal government because they do what sane people do: they look for reputable organizations where they know the money will be spent efficiently and appropriately. The next time you hear George Lucas demonizing conservatives (i.e., the people who want you to be able to keep more of your own money), remember that. And then go watch the original trilogy so you can see what the Dark Side can do to a man.