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Who doesn’t remember “The Star Wars Kid”?
For those of you who lived under a rock around 2003, this happened:
It spiraled into an internet phenomenon. People lined up to add special effects to this thing and create amazing parodies and homages to the original Star Wars Kid video. Nobody knew anything about this kid other than that his name was Ghyslain and that his family was suing the people who leaked the video to the internet because he couldn’t take the abuse he was getting. The legend states that he dropped out of school and entered a psychiatric ward.
In defense of the internet, most of the people watching the video weren’t particularly partaking in abuse, rather they were enjoying what people were doing with the video (i.e. special effects, insertion into movie trailers, etc), because, let’s face it, you pretty much get the point of the above video in the first three seconds.
The internet reached out to Ghyslain and even started a petition to get him a part in Star Wars: Episode 3. Over 100,000 people signed the petition, and the urban legend states that he was offered a part as an extra but declined.
Fast forward to 2010. This picture surfaces:
The Star Wars Kid is now a successful lawyer and hardly looks like he did in the video. Just the sight of this picture has me believe that much of the urban myth that is now “Star Wars Kid” was just fed to us to trick us into feeling bad for him.
Well, I’m done feeling bad for him.