George Lucas issues apology for calling Disney 'white slavers'

The Star Wars creator recognised that the analogy he used was an inappropriate one when talking about selling the rights to his franchise.

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George Lucas has apologised for remarks he made regarding Disney and their deal to buy the rights to Star Wars.

Speaking in an interview on the Charlie Rose Show, Lucas openly talked about his emotions upon handing over control of the Star Wars franchise, for which the Disney corporation paid him $4 billion.

In the interview (around the 49 minute mark), Lucas talked about the characters in the franchise, and the reasons behind his decision to sell the rights, likening it to a divorce or a breakup, which is why he has previously stated that he wouldn't be paying too much attention to the new movies in the series.

He referred to the films as "my kids", and added that "I loved them, I created them, I'm very intimately involved in them [and] I sold them to the white slavers who takes these things and...", before trailing off with a laugh. 

The interview was filmed in November, ahead of Lucas being named in the annual Kennedy Center Honors in Washington, and in a statement he admitted that he had chosen his words poorly, saying "I misspoke and used a very inappropriate analogy and for that I apologize".

"I have been working with Disney for 40 years," Lucas added, "and chose them as the custodians of Star Wars because of my great respect for the company and Bob Iger's leadership. Disney is doing an incredible job of taking care of and expanding the franchise. I rarely go out with statements to clarify my feelings but I feel it is important to make it clear that I am thrilled that Disney has the franchise and is moving it in such exciting directions in film, television and the parks. Most of all I'm blown away with the record breaking blockbuster success of the new movie and am very proud of J.J. [Abrams] and Kathy [Kennedy]".

Via Mashable