The Star Wars Kid: Unwittingly, Unwillingly famous.

Reply Mon 1 Sep, 2003 12:50 pm
An overweight Canadian boy with a broad romantic streak video taped himself sparring with a light sword. His classmates found the video and put it on the Internet.

The Star Wars Kid has become a bit of a cult. I ache for his lost privacy, but admire his Artistic Ineptitude. I'd look like that--or worse--dancing with a light sword.


Reportedly he and his parents are considering bringing suit against the classmates who pilfered the video and made it public property.

What do you think?
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Reply Mon 1 Sep, 2003 04:01 pm

He should have used a red light saber. Red looks more menacing. Oh, somebody added that later... nemmind. Should have worn black instead of khaki's from The Gap(tm). Black looks more menacing.

I'm not sure if I could do better, but it'd be fun to try.

Kids these days! If I had something illegal to do, I'd just hire a kid. They can do anything and start over with a clean slate when they turn 18. Hardly seems just, but the parents lawsuit seems fair yet impossible.

He's living in a psych ward now. Hope it wasn't all from the video.

=== MORE INFO ===
7/24/03 - Star Wars Kid Files Lawsuit (Wired.com)

5/19/03 - 'Star Wars Kid' Gets Bucks From Blogs (Wired.com)

The original video, plus some are here:

Many more available here:
Yes, we've all had our dorky, private moments, but this poor kid is living the nightmare of having his private dorkiness projected across the world to giggling Web users. His friends found the tape, and uploaded it to KaZaA as a joke on April 19. Within two weeks, someone had added full Star Wars special effects and noises to the tape, and the video was linked on gaming, technology, and Star Wars-related sites across the Internet.

People are signing the petition to get the Star Wars Kid a cameo role in the next movie. 81,028 people so far.

SWK has his own three-letter-acronym now, and a slick website all to himself. There are over 80 spoofs of him produced! People download the original version, edit it into a different mix, then post it back on the site.

Some of the remixes are highly professional and impressive:
- A New Hope
- Matrix Reloaded Spoof
- The Last Samurai
- Lord of the Onion Rings

There are a SWK newsletter, screensaver, wallpaper, video games, and action doll are in the works (at cost, by a non-profit website).

Some would say his only problem now is to Capitalize on it. Convert social energy into cash.
If *I* was so successful I'd be in a psych ward too!
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Reply Mon 1 Sep, 2003 04:32 pm
The petition is kind of a nice twist. I mean, presumably he would like that.
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Reply Tue 2 Sep, 2003 01:11 am
CNN picked up the story last week, with comments.
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