George Lucas Walks Back Epic Slam on Disney
Apologizes for 'white slavers' comment
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 1, 2016 6:45 AM CST
In this 2005 file photo, George Lucas poses at Skywalker Ranch in San Rafael, Calif.   (AP Photo/Eric Risberg, File)

(Newser) – George Lucas has made clear that he's not happy with all of Disney's decisions regarding the new generation of Star Wars films, but he's now apologizing for his eyebrow-raising choice of words, reports the LA Times. Turns out, he doesn't think Disney is made up of "white slavers," after all, a phrase he used in an interview with Charlie Rose. "I misspoke and used a very inappropriate analogy and for that I apologize," he says in a statement released via Deadline.

  • "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 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."

Lucas added that he's "blown away" by the success of the new JJ Abrams films. He sang a different tune to Rose, however, lamenting that Disney had taken his "kids," as he called his films, in a direction more about pleasing fans than telling a compelling story.