George Lucas Apologizes for ‘White Slavers’ Remark
Star Wars creator George Lucas has apologized for comparing Disney bosses to “white slavers” in a TV interview. The movie mogul was chatting to Charlie Rose about his decision to sell the Star Wars franchise to Disney when he made the ill-advised comment, which set social media alight earlier this week.
“I sold them (rights) to the white slavers that take these things,” he said before cutting himself off during the CBS interview, and now the director/producer has accepted he picked a poor choice of words. “I misspoke and used a very inappropriate analogy and for that I apologize,” he 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.” Lucas also insisted Bob Iger and the executives at Disney are doing “an incredible job of taking care of and expanding the franchise.” He also had high praise for producer Kathy Kennedy and director J.J. Abrams for their work on new sequel The Force Awakens, which has shattered box office records around the world since its release on December 18. “I’m blown away by the record breaking blockbuster success of the new movie and am very proud of J.J. and Kathy,” he added.