Since the celebrity whose name rhymes with Diamond Leg told the New York Daily News recently that he had no respect for anyone who liked the prequels, arrogantly said that Lucas didn’t understand his own movies, and perhaps most tasteless of all, referred to it as “infanticide” and compared Lucas to a child murderer, a petition has gone up on Change.org to have Pegg banned from “participating in Star Wars permanently.”
A few of you have posted about this petition on the FB page and in comments here. You can sign if you want but take these factors into consideration:
1. Petitions are often not effective. This one only has 156 “signatures” as of writing. Even the ones that garner thousands, even hundreds of thousands, of signatures usually don’t accomplish their goal.
2. Singling out a celebrity in a petition drive could attract what Pegg-y deep down wants and that is more publicity for him. Worse yet it could turn Pegg-y into a martyr for free speech. Does he deserve that? Hell no. That narrative doesn’t help us at all either.
Still I understand everyone’s frustration. I share it. If you’ve read SWPAS long enough I went into a two-day rant-a-thon over Pegg-y’s guest shot on Clone Wars a few years ago. It seems like no matter what he says or how he says it, he not only gets away with it, he gets rewarded for it! Even after this crap from the NY Daily Snooze, there were people who really should know better defending him! If you have any respect for George Lucas whatsoever, you should be appalled that anyone would compare him to a child murderer even if it was cheap hyperbole. It was douchey to act like you know the true meaning of Star Wars while the guy who created it doesn’t and he’s an a-hole for saying he doesn’t “respect” fans like us. But “infanticide” and “killing your own kids?” Indefensible.
Rebel Force Radio’s hosts are no fans of the Peggster either and in the Nov. 13 episode of the podcast, they had a glorious rant that pretty much encapsulates everything on Pegg-y. Start at around 43:52…it ends around 55:04:
They’re right. At Pegg-y’s core, he is a big fat phony. I believe he sincerely dislikes the prequels but I’m guessing he considers prequel bashing an important part of his brand. It helps give him cred to geeks in general and to the media, which of course invites this kind of thing every time they talk to him (see “Why The Media Hates The PT”). When he said he doesn’t respect anyone who thinks the prequels are good films, is he admitting he doesn’t respect Dave Filoni, whom he cheerfully worked with on that one episode of Clone Wars? Mark Hamill likes the prequels. Does Pegg-y not respect him anymore? How about if anyone else starring in TFA is a prequel fan? Or in any of his other films? How come nobody ever asks him those questions?
They’re also right that Pegg-y shouldn’t be part of anything official anymore. Wait, didn’t I just express skepticism over this petition? Here’s my point: Lucasfilm and Disney SHOULD have the common sense to keep Pegg-y away. We shouldn’t have to start a petition or do anything else to convince them. Especially since Lucasfilm has made David Prowse persona non grata at official events for the things he’s said to the media. (At least Prowse has not compared Lucas to a child murderer.) You don’t want somebody who antagonizes a large number of your customers AND attacks the guy who created your whole raison d’être like that to be the face of your brand. It would be like D23 inviting somebody who wrote a book accusing Walt Disney of being a Nazi and a cross-dresser.
Petitions aside, fans can take things into their own hands. You don’t have to plunk down $20 to see anything with the doofus in it. Don’t buy any of his films. Don’t watch anything with him in it on t.v.. If he gets invited to appear as a guest at a con, don’t go. And take heart…I don’t think the doofus is friends with Rian Johnson, whom he obviously must not respect.