Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace — which was almost directed by Ron Howard — was released on May 28, 1999. In totally unrelated news, George Lucas hasn’t been on the Internet since 2000.
In an interview with the Washington Post, the Star Wars creator admitted that he “has assiduously avoided the Internet since 2000 — no Facebook, no Twitter, no e-mail even.” Lucas also defended Greedo shooting Han Solo first, something every online message board in existence has debated at least once. Ironically, Lucas played a large part in creating Internet culture.
It’s the second worst thing he’s ever done, after Attack of the Clones.
The Post goes on to write that fans regularly approach Lucas out in the wild, not to complain about the wheezing General Grievous, but “to tell him that they were once children. To tell him what Star Wars meant to them then and what it means to their children and grandchildren today.” With all that positive affirmation, no wonder Lucas hasn’t bothered checking out Twitter. Honestly, he hasn’t missed that much. Mostly Minions memes. George, if you’re reading this (which you’re not, because that’s the entire point), we’ll help you catch up on 15 years of Internet culture.
That about sums it up.
(Via the Washington Post)